The ACQUIRE Feed - Issue 20

September 23, 2016 - Issue 20

OPM points to USAJOBS improvements (Federal Soup)

The Office of Personnel Management last week touted a range of recent enhancements to USAJOBS on the 20th anniversary of the often maligned federal employment website. (Login required)

A sobering take on government contractors: What can be done? (FCW)

Steve Kelman has ideas for helping innovative firms clear the hurdles to doing business with the government.

Insight by Mike Causey: Everybody, let's rock (Federal Soup)

Is it possible that in the future there will only be three kinds of workers in the U.S.? Will it come down to this: Tech employees, fast-food workers and federal civil servants? (Login required)

Innovation in government can come from anywhere (FCW)

Steve Kelman sees potential in a public-domain piano experiment.

IT modernization, improved cybersecurity and innovation are all intertwined (FCW)

A survey of federal CIOs finds a focusing of attention on the need to move away from outdated technologies both as a way to modernize operations and to improve security.

18F, USDS lack performance and accountability measures (FCW))

The U.S. Digital Service and 18F lack the ability to assess whether they have achieved their goals and hold themselves accountable, according to GAO.

Merged IT modernization bill punts on funding (FCW)

A House panel approved a new IT modernization bill that appears poised to pass, but key funding questions are left for appropriators.

Touhill outlines skills he wants from IT workforce (FCW)

New U.S. CISO Greg Touhill discussed the skills he believes the cybersecurity workforce should have and offered advice for the next administration.

OFPP's Rung is leaving government (FCW)

A major force for category management and innovative acquisition, Rung is reportedly going to work for Amazon.

There's lots of ambiguity in agencies' embrace of agile (FCW)

GAO report warns that OMB's unclear guidance on agile development is interfering with agencies' ability to report on the status of such projects.

Federal Benefits Q&A (Federal Soup)

Question: "My federal orientation is Oct. 2 and my first day of service is Oct. 3. How long does it typically take FEHB enrollment to be completed?" (Login required)