The ACQUIRE Feed - Issue 15

July 8, 2016 - Issue 15

FITARA, strategic sourcing could limit wireless IoT (FCW)

A new study finds that the government's effort to squeeze value from centralized purchasing of wireless devices could hamper its ability to embrace Internet of Things technology.

Panel seeks to head off 'burrowing' by political appointees (Federal Soup)

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asks OPM to provide information on political appointees who have been converted to career or non-political positions since Sept. 1 of last year.

Tech in the service of performance measurement (FCW)

Steve Kelman reports on innovations at DHS that could help analysts across government.

Report offers insights on improving SES talent—now and in future (Federal Soup)

FEND's Nathan Abse and the Partnership for Public Service's Mallory Barg Bulman discuss a recent report offering data, examples and recommendations on how to best recruit, retain and manage members of the Senior Executive Service. (Login required)

OMB nominee looks to transition, IT modernization (FCW)

Andrew Mayock, the president's nominee for deputy director of OMB, said his priorities would be modernizing IT, cutting costs and ensuring a seamless transition to the next administration.

DOD updates enterprise services framework (FCW)

The latest version of the Defense Department-wide Enterprise Service Management Framework places more emphasis on managing IT risk.

Interior spending $50K per month on unused mobile devices (FCW)

The Interior Department is wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars annually on mobile devices that are unused or unsecured, according to a new inspector general report.

Questions loom about the future of open source at VA (FCW)

With pressure from Congress to abandon the Vista health record system, Veterans Affairs CIO LaVerne Council is facing tough questions about the future of open source at the agency.

Why Beth Angerman sees a shared-services opportunity (FCW)

Hacks, tight budgets and oversight are driving a government-wide push to shared services.

Clinton tech agenda bakes in innovation teams (FCW)

Hillary Clinton's newly released technology agenda calls for retaining the U.S. Digital Service and other innovation groups to improve government services.

Government projects are not agile enough (FCW)

A leading proponent of Scrum argues that even partial adoption will pay dividends.