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FCW : September 15, 2014
Trending is the time it takes for an average organization’s enterprise data to double 18 months 10 September 15, 2014 FCW.COM The Department of Health and Human Services has issued the first procure- ment initiative under its Buyers Club program in an effort to open a new avenue for agency contracting officers and vendors and pave the way for big- ger IT projects. Mark Naggar, a procurement advis- er for HHS’ Buyers Club, told FCW that a solicitation issued Aug. 6 by the department’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) reflects some of the proce- dural fine-tuning that could ultimately help spark a solution to the govern- ment’s IT acquisition problems. “We have an eye out for early adopt- ers for new approaches” at HHS, Naggar said. “ASPE is one of those. They’re willing to look at things with an open mind.” In the request for proposals, ASPE asks for help in implementing a plat- form and technical infrastructure for its websites, databases and software development environments; imple- menting a Web content management system and software package; rede- signing public and intranet websites; and migrating those websites and databases into the content manage- ment system. Naggar acknowledges that ASPE’s aims are modest when compared to other large IT projects. But he said the impact of the techniques would mul- tiply when the program is scaled up. ASPE’s RFP provides some insight into how the Buyers Club will approach larger projects. For instance, Naggar said, the solicitation package does not start with a tradi- tional “statement of work” but rather a looser “statement of objective” of what the agency hopes to accomplish with the project. The RFP gives offerors two weeks to submit an initial concept paper, after which officials will narrow the field by choosing as many as five vendors. Those semi-finalists will be given $10,000 and three weeks to cre- ate prototypes of their ideas, which the government will own. A technical evaluation board will judge the submissions and make a final award. Naggar said that approach allows companies to focus on building web- sites and content management sys- tems instead of drafting proposals. According to Naggar, the process gives contractors a chance to show off what they can do rather than just write about it, while the proto- type gives the evaluation board an example of the company’s capabili- ties and streamlines the competition process by minimizing the upfront effort involved in being considered for an award. — Mark Rockwell HHS releases first RFP under Buyers Club CTO Todd Park steps down Todd Park is stepping down as U.S . chief technology officer to join the White House team in Silicon Val- ley. In his new role, Park will focus on recruiting top tech talent to the federal government and channeling ideas from the tech community. A source told FCW that “after multiple extensions of his tour of duty in Washington, [Park] needs to move back home for family reasons.” Before he joined the government, Park co-founded Athenahealth and Castlight Health, a Web-based health care service for consumers. — Colby Hochmuth DOE CIO Brese heads to private sector Energy Department CIO Bob Brese has left government for the private sector. Deputy CIO Don Adcock will take over as acting CIO, a depart- ment spokesman said. Brese made FCW’s Federal 100 list in 2013 for establishing energy sav- ings performance contracts, and he was a key contributor to White House efforts on cybersecurity policy. — Mark Rockwell Taveras resigns as DIA CTO Gus Taveras has resigned as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s chief technology officer, the third high- level departure from the agency in recent weeks. In a note posted to his LinkedIn page, Taveras said he was leaving government to work for industry without specifying where. Prior to serving as DIA CTO, Taveras was a technical adviser to the Defense Department CIO. — Sean Lyngaas CIO Bayer leaves SEC Thomas Bayer, CIO at the Securi- ties and Exchange Commission, has announced that he will leave the agency in October. In his more than three years as CIO, Bayer worked on efforts to move many of the SEC’s core functions to the cloud, consolidate its data centers into two locations, lower the cost of IT systems and modernize SEC.gov. — Colby Hochmuth FCW INSIDER
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