The ACQUIRE Feed - Issue 11

April 29, 2016 - Issue 11

OPM: Close skills gaps in critical occupations (FEND)

The Office of Personnel Management told agencies to strengthen their efforts to close skills gaps within high-risk, mission-critical occupations. (Login required)

Federal CIO: IT fund would shake up appropriations process (FCW)

The $3.1 billion revolving IT fund proposed by the White House would jump-start the projects most in need of funding and would not preclude other investments, federal CIO Tony Scott said.

Senators press OMB for A-130 update (FCW)

Two key senators are getting impatient waiting for a new version of a key piece of government-wide IT policy that hasn't been updated in 15 years.

GSA sets summer expectations for EIS, Alliant 2 (FCW)

GSA has given vendors a heads-up on the next steps for its $50 billion EIS telecom contract and the Alliant RFPs.

Air Force's cyber boss: Military needs to innovate at 'cyber speed' (Defense Systems)

The outgoing commander of the Air Force’s cyber force, Maj. Gen. Ed Wilson, offers some parting advice: "Think big, start small, scale fast."

New bill looks for clarity on cost-based procurement at DOD (FCW)

Lawmakers in both chambers of Congress are teeing up legislation to discourage the use of lowest price technically acceptable in defense IT procurement.

How to approach post-award management of agile contracts (FCW)

Steve Kelman talks with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services CIO Mark Schwartz about the practical matters of past performance evaluations and continued discourse.

Public/private relationships crucial for tech progress (FCW)

As innovative technologies such as cloud and big data accelerate, federal IT managers are looking to the private sector for help.

National labs' FITARA exemption nixed in Senate funding bill (FCW)

The Senate bill appropriating fiscal 2017 funds for the Energy Department does not renew a controversial provision that exempted the national labs from Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act rules.

Federal Benefits Q&A (Federal Soup)

Question: “I am a federal employee with a high-deductible health plan with a health savings account. I was put on orders for 40 days and dropped my federal coverage because I have Tricare now. My orders end next week end I go back to my civilian job. I know that this is a qualifying life event, but do I need to go back to my old plan or can I pick any one I want?” (Login required)