July 26, 2006

New contracts for government services?

GovExec reported yesterday on a recommendation that GSA create a new type of contract for services acquisitions, arguing that existing contracts are geared more towards buying goods. This will create a whole lot of change in government IT contracting, if it goes ahead,…

Implementing a federal funds awards database

I neglected to follow up my post about S.2590 so I’m going to fix that now. The big question about this and H.R.5060, which both propose the establishment of an online database of federal funding awards, is how such a database can…
July 21, 2006

Grants Policy Committee Open Stakeholders Webcast

Bizarre title for a meeting, I agree, but welcome all the same because it means that the Grants Policy Committee has organized itself to hold an open forum meeting to which all-comers are welcome. Holding open, come-as-ye-are grants policies meetings has been…

Senate debates S.2590

GovExec has a good summary of the debate about S.2590, which aims to create a database of federal grants and contracts. (H.R.5060 is focused only on grants.) I’ll post more about this subject later. Gotta run to a meeting right now!…
July 18, 2006

Grants.gov to use E‑Authentication

GCN reports on Grants.gov’s plans to expand the number of credential providers servicing their user authentication requirements, thereby aligning with the E‑Authentication initiative. User authentication is different to user validation. The latter is simply an exchange of username and password.…

Federal Transition Framework

OMB has released the Federal Transition Framework, which aims to consolidate information about cross-agency initiatives into one catalog. This is useful for agencies who need to align budgets with these initiatives and demonstrate they’ve done so through their EAs.  Right now…
July 13, 2006

Awards database legislation passes the House

As reported in GCN, the Blunt/Davis bill to create a single database of federal assistance awards has passed the House and will be considered by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.  More transparency in the federal funding process…
July 10, 2006

Federal Transition Framework briefing

The government’s Chief Enterprise Architect, Dick Burk, is giving a briefing on the Federal Transition Framework (FTF) on Thursday, and it’s open to anyone with an interest in Federal enterprise architecture. Check out the FedBizOpps posting for all the details. Many…
July 7, 2006

Grants.gov gets new look-n-feel

Grants.gov just got a make-over. Check out the new-look site!…
July 5, 2006

Independence Is Good, But We Need to Know Why

Just in time for the 4th of July, Kevin Shockey of Tux Magazine encourages users to “declare their independence from proprietary software.”  By comparing the “revolution” of open source software, and desktop Linux in particular, to the American Revolution, he…