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FCW : May 30, 2015
Al Tarasiuk retired as CIO of the intel- ligence community on April 28 after more than four years at the helm. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper credited Tarasiuk with advancing the IC Information Technol- ogy Enterprise, an ongoing quest for a single, standards-based IT architecture across intelligence agencies. President Barack Obama has nomi- nated Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger to be the next head of the Transporta- tion Security Administration. Neffenger has served as vice commandant of the Coast Guard since May 2014. Jimaye Sones, the Defense Infor- mation Systems Agency's former comptroller, has accused the agency of demoting him after he reported accounting practices he believed were potentially illegal. "I went from comptroller to current- ly I'm sitting in an 8-by-10 of ce...and I've been told by [DISA Director Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins] I'm not to com- municate, for any business reasons, with the agency while I'm under this so-called detail," Sones told FCW in an exclusive interview. He said that, starting in the fall of 2012, he began warning DISA's leader- ship that the agency risked violating the Anti-De ciency Act, which bars federal employees from spending unap- propriated funds. When he reported the issue to the Defense Department CIO's of ce, Sones said he was reassigned to lower positions within DISA. According to Sones' legal team, the DOD inspector general is investigating the alleged nancial improprieties, and the U.S. Of ce of Special Counsel is investigating the claims of retaliation. Martha Dorris has a new job at the General Services Administration. The longtime GSA leader, who most recently directed the Of ce of Innova- tive Technologies, has become director of the Of ce of Strategic Programs at the Federal Acquisition Service. Dorris replaces Maynard Crum, who had served as acting director and is shifting to a different role at GSA. --- FCW staff FCW Insider: People on the move is the starting salary being offered to 2015's top computer science graduates from schools like Carnegie Mellon University $100,000+ Acquisition reform is in the air. That's almost certainly a good thing. What's less encouraging, however, is the sense that virtually everyone involved has a different idea of what that reform should look like. Is better training the answer as services and complex procurements become the norm? Do agency acquisi- tion of cers need to be more accountable to the programs that will ultimately use the IT, or are they too close to the programs already? What about the acquisition vehicles themselves? Can new structures and approaches improve the buying process, or would a narrowing of the often-overlapping options better serve agencies and their industry partners? And could it be that those sorts of questions miss the forest for the trees? After all, there has been plen- ty of talk in the past year that we don't need xes but a wholesale re- imagining of what we expect from government acquisition. I don't pretend to have the answers, but this issue of FCW aims to better explore the questions. In the pages that follow, we look at a few of the efforts that are driving the acquisi- tion discussion --- at the Defense Department, the General Services Administration, the Of ce of Management and Budget and elsewhere. There's also an important reminder that this conversation is not exactly new: IT acquisition has been a friction point for as long as there has been IT to acquire. Since all previous reform efforts have fallen short to at least some degree, it's worth asking what can be done to make this go-round different. On FCW.com, meanwhile, there's plenty more to read and discuss: GSA's hallways, the Of ce of Feder- al Procurement Policy's Acquisition 360 initiative, the Department of Health and Human Services' Buyers Club, new versions of SEWP and NetCents, contests and other tools to help woo new rms over the pro- curement hurdles, and whether the U.S. Digital Service is about sharing expertise or insourcing. It's a rare day that this conversation doesn't advance online. So add your voice to the discus- sion. Comment online, reach out to @FCWnow via Twitter or email me directly --- and tell us what you think acquisition really needs. --- Troy K. Schneider firstname.lastname@example.org @troyschneider EDITOR'S NOTE Is IT acquisition xable? May 30, 2015 FCW.COM 9
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