Budget request highlights push for efficiency

The White House's $79 billion IT budget includes plans for centralizing IT services, consolidating data centers and more cloud computing.

Virtual border fence would lose under budget

The administration wants $43.59 billion for the Homeland Security Department in fiscal 2011 compared with the $42.60 billion that the department got for this year.

Open government or hide in plain sight?

The datasets available at Recovery.gov are bulging with information. Can someone please tell me how to make sense of it all?

House passes defense bill that would reduce use of contractors

Defense spending bill includes measures to reduce spending on contractor outsourcing and new programs to reduce fraud and abuse.

DHS takes closer look at IT spending

DHS prepares for less funding with reviews of major buys, including IT acquisitions, official says.

Agencies to spend $15B on health IT by 2014

Federal, state and local governments are projected to spend $15 billion in 2014 for the IT systems that support their public health and health insurance programs.

Senate passes biil that would increase DHS' IT funding

The Senate has passed legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department that would increase spending for major information technology programs. The House also approved the measure.

DOD forecast looks grim for new tech

Personnel and equipment costs might cut deeply into key defense acquisition programs over the next several years, reports Michael Bruno at Aviation Week.

Congress once again not doing its most important job

In all but three of the last 30 years, Congress has failed to pass a budget to fund the federal government by the beginning of its new fiscal year. But, no surprise, Congress never fails to fund itself.

Contractors dodge ACORN scandal for now

The broad language of a House-approved bill to defund ACORN could have taken money away from some government contractors but the passage of the appropriations continuing resolution seems to have quieted those fears.

NASA plans to spend billions for IT services

NASA plans to soon offer a series of contracts estimated to be worth more than $4 billion for information technology.

OPM tells DOD to rebuild ailing NSPS personnel system

The National Security Personnel System should be rebuilt because of systemic problems, a task force finds.

U.K. agency updates model contract for IT services

A United Kingdom government agency has published its latest version of a model contract for public-sector information technology procurements.

Business groups want Congress to address E-Verify concerns

TechAmerica and others ask lawmakers to deal with their worries about E-Verify.

OMB to agencies: Start contractor reforms

OMB issued three memos today that outline $40 billion in savings on contract spending. It told agencies to cut seven percent from their budgets for contractors.

Senate deal will level small-business contract preferences

Sen. Landrieu's amendment would take away any priority one type of business may have when competing for government contracts.

VA puts a hold on 45 IT projects

VA officials halted 45 information technology projects with a budget of $200 million that are behind schedule or over budget.

Report: Industrial base must be part of defense review

The Defense Department should begin incorporating in its budget and policy decisions factors that affect the U.S. industrial base to ensure that weapons-making capabilities are remain available, according to a new report from the Aerospace Industries Association.

Eye on M&A

Private equity deals in the government services market are coming fast and are good news for the foundering economy.

Federal contractors need the right stuff for success

Federal contractors must have strong attributes and depth to succeed amid slowing discretionary federal spending.

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