The General Services Administration announced Feb. 19 it will consolidate all information technology personnel, budgets and systems under the authority of its chief information officer.
In an effort to establish a governmentwide mobile device management platform as directed by the Digital Government Strategy, the General Services Administration is seeking industry input for its Managed Mobility Program, according to a Feb. 1. announcement printed in FedBizOps.
President Obama signed an executive order in 2009 that requires federal agencies to provide updated sustainability plans every year, and the agencies released their third annual plans Feb. 7. For the first time, they included separate plans for climate change (.pdf) adaptation.
The development of shared services requires agencies to pool information and lessons learned, said panelists at a recent ACT-IAC event. Gwynne Kostin, General Service Administration's director at the digital services innovation center, said agencies would benefit from an online platform to share ideas and efforts because it would keep multiple agencies from having to repeatedly solve the same problems.
The General Services Administration is seeking public comments on which green building certifications the federal government should use for new construction and modernization efforts. In a notice published Tuesday in the Federal Register , GSA announced a 60-day window for public comments on which certification systems "will be most likely to encourage a comprehensive and environmentally sound approach to the certification of green federal buildings."
Interagency contract use at the Defense Department is inconsistent because the department has not made updates required by a new procurement framework for such contract vehicles, says the Government Accountability Office.
Among the deliverables called for by OMB are for all agency chief information officers to appoint by March 25 a Section 508 coordinator and for CIOs and chief acquisition officers to by May 24 develop a plan and a schedule for completing a baseline assessment of Section 508 compliance on their websites and in IT procurement. The results of those assessments are due in December.
Thomas Sharpe has been named the head of the Federal Acquisition Services at the General Services Administration by acting administer Dan Tangherlini. Sharpe will oversee the acquisition and provision of more than $55 billion in products, services and solutions for federal agencies, said the agency.
"We do see in the agency space that the closer people are to delivering services, the more innovative they are, the more they really see the value of this," Kostin said. "A lot of the interesting mobile apps...have been coming from smaller bureaus, because they have specific problems they're trying to solve."
The new headquarters building for the FBI will have to house more than 11,000 employees but can't have more than 4,300 parking spaces, so the location will require access to multiple forms of mass transit, said Pat Findlay, the bureau's assistant director of facilities and logistics.