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FCW : November 15, 2012
Trending November 15, 2012 FCW.COM 3 After a false start on the System for Award Management this summer, General Services Administration of - cials have shifted the program s man- agement to two of the agency s top executives. Mary Davie, acting commissioner of GSA s Federal Acquisition Service, and CIO Casey Coleman are now responsi- ble for getting SAM to work as planned, said Jackeline Stewart, deputy press secretary at GSA. "GSA will ensure that the short-term xes and the long-term vision of cre- ating a common acquisition platform across government rest squarely with the leadership of our acquisition and technical experts," Stewart said. SAM, which is designed to integrate three systems that store and make available information about contrac- tors, went online in July and was taken off-line days later due to performance problems. GSA and prime contractor IBM said they have been working to x the problems. In the meantime, however, some agencies are moving away from the new system. In late August, Defense Department of cials started allowing their contractors to register in data- bases other than SAM. The internal transition will allow the project manager in GSA s Of ce of Governmentwide Policy to focus on ensuring that the Integrated Acquisi- tion Environment meets the policy and regulatory requirements of partner agencies and the Of ce of Management and Budget, Stewart said. She added that Dan Tangherlini, acting GSA administrator, has asked for key metrics to demonstrate SAM s progress. Those metrics are in line with Tangherlini s top-to-bottom review of many of the agency s activities since he took over during a conference spend- ing scandal in April. In addition to scrutinizing agency spending on con- ferences and bonuses, he has empha- sized strong performance metrics and an integrated approach inside GSA to solve complex problems. SAM includes three Integrated Acquisition Environment systems: the Central Contractor Registration system that companies use to reg- ister certain business information before being considered for contract awards; the Online Representations and Certifications Application for submitting certi cations on matters such as company size and ownership status; and the Excluded Parties List System, which is a record of the com- panies suspended or debarred from federal work. GSA puts top executives in charge of SAM FCW CALENDAR 11/15 Cybersecurity DHS Deputy Undersecretary for Cybersecurity Mark Weatherford will speak at this conference on information sharing, workforce development and emerging cyber technologies. FedCyber. com Cyber Security Summit, Washington, D.C. http://is.gd/ arjghJ 11/15 Federal IT Authors David Perera and Steve Charles will discuss and sign copies of their new Mary Davie Casey Coleman book, "The Inside Guide to the Federal IT Market." American Small Business Coalition GovConnections event, McLean, Va. http://is.gd/AxrTwx 11/28-29 Information and analytics DOD Assistant Deputy Chief Management Of cer Dave Wennergren will keynote this two-day conference on how to manage, analyze and extract value from big data to improve mission delivery. Co-located with conferences on enterprise architecture, video and audiovisual communications. 1105 Media Government Information and Analytics Summit, Washington, D.C. http:// is.gd/0tpELo 12/05 Mobile This FCW Executive Brie ng will explore BYOD, device-agnostic security and agency strategies for deploying more open and mobile-friendly services. Government Mobility Forum, Washington, D.C. http:// is.gd/guzaho in projected federal IT savings, according to OMB's initial Portfolio- Stat reviews. $2.5B
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