Trump signs cyber EO promoting IT modernization, shared services

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Agencies should no longer be on an island when it comes to cybersecurity. The White House is requiring agencies to take an enterprise approach to cyber risk assessment and mitigation, and stop protecting their networks and data as if their efforts don't impact their fellow departments.

President Donald Trump signed the much anticipated and long-waited executive order refocusing the federal cybersecurity efforts around three broad categories:

  • Protecting federal networks
  • Protecting critical infrastructure
  • Securing the nation through deterrence, international cooperation and the workforce.

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Federal News Radio and Women of Washington Salute Our Military Women

Join Federal News Radio and "Women of Washington" for a special series in honor of our women veterans. The series runs October 26 through November 16, Mondays and Wednesdays at 1pm on Federal News Radio 1500AM and on FederalNewsRadio.com

"Women of Washington" (WOW) interviews five impressive women doctors providing critical medical support to our troops in Afghanistan and Secretary Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force.  From the hospital Commander to the doctors in the ICU, these women work together to provide quality medical care to our heroes that have fallen.  These mothers, sisters and soldiers share with Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm, hosts for WOW, their heart-warming journey and stories of being forward deployed in Afghanistan.

You can listen to the innovative ways they stay in touch with loved ones at home as they support our brave, critically injured American troops and allies overseas. The last show of the series will feature Secretary Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force.  Sec James will share the amazing journey that led to her being named to head the department of the United States Air Force.

Aileen and Gigi are co-founders of Accelerated Government Strategies (AGS).  AGS helps companies build strategies to accelerate and capture public sector business.  To learn more about Aileen and Gigi and what AGS can do for your company go to Accelgovstrat.com.

GSA applying its IT model to overhaul of services schedules

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The General Services Administration wants to make it easier for agencies to buy professional, management, technology and a host of other kinds of services from the schedule contracts. To that end, GSA will consolidate seven different professional services contracts into what could end up being one mega- schedule.

Tiffany Hixson, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, said the goal is to consolidate the schedules of as many as 500 vendors by November 2015.

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Navy Turns to Strategic Sourcing to Cut Conference Spending

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The Office of Management and Budget has a long list of governmentwide priorities -- among them are more federal spending with small businesses, more use of strategic sourcing in the procurement process and less spending on government conferences.

With regard to those three priorities, the Department of the Navy thinks its brand new contract vehicle for conference planning services is a trifecta.

The Navy made blanket purchase agreement awards to 17 firms -- all of them small businesses -- on May 31 in an attempt to take a strategic sourcing approach to the way the Navy and Marine Corps plan and pay for their conferences.

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Federal scientists crying foul over DATA Act’s conference restrictions

A group of federal scientists is concerned that proposed restrictions on federal employees attending conferences could put scientific research behind the curve.

The Assembly of Scientists wrote to the two top senators on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee last week, arguing that the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act would likely lead to a "decline in the productivity, creativity, morale, recruitment and retention" of many of the government's top scientists.

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