Tony Scott calls IT workforce drain a ‘creeping’ crisis bigger than Y2K

Scott said that the White House will have to address how the government designs its new IT ecosystem and finds the talent to run it.

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DHS piloting agile cyber acquisition, CDM for cloud, CISO says

by Carten Cordell • 2 days ago

CISO Jeffery Eisensmith said the agency was developing a new acquisition management directive tailored around agile development, as well as cloud CDM.

Graves says final IT modernization report will debut soon

by Carten Cordell • 3 days ago

The acting federal chief information officer also said the White House is preparing to implement the MGT Act as soon as it becomes law.

ONC wants help exploring FHIR-based servers and their vulnerabilities

by Carten Cordell • 5 days ago

ONC officials have launched a challenge to industry stakeholders to build FHIR-based servers and then see if they can be hacked.

GAO dismisses Equifax protest for controversial IRS contract

by Billy Mitchell • 5 days ago

The IRS is clear to begin working with Experian under the $795,000 contract for a year of taxpayer identification and verification services.

IRS suspends Equifax contract following malware page

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

The agency suspended a $7.25 million contract with Equifax following news that one of its webpages exposed users to potential malware attacks.

Will the ‘Mad Max’ age of AI give agencies hope for taming their data?

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

The federal government is awash in more data than it can process, and while AI could be the answer, when it will be adopted is the question.

Report: Kay Kapoor leaving AT&T Global Public Sector

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

Kapoor has been at AT&T since 2013, earning the telecommunications company several government contracts, including EIS.

Army picks AT&T for $37M communications contract

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The services will "make it easier for Army personnel to connect, collaborate and share information in support of daily operations globally," an AT&T release says.

Trump nominates new Army secretary for technology and logistics

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The new nominee to oversee the Army’s technology procurement operations help set up a rapid acquisition program.

CMS signs on to OASIS

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services signed a memorandum of understanding this week to utilize one of the General Services Administration’s larger contract vehicles.

Can the federal government’s ‘amazing’ problems make it a leader on blockchain?

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The federal government stands primed to take advantage of blockchain, but can it be a leader in its adoption?

FITARA enhancements, Hack the DHS bill approved in Senate committee

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The committee cleared the way for multiple technology and cyber-based bills to move to the Senate floor.

IRS says it awarded $7M stopgap contract to Equifax after protest limited its options

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

Agency officials explained Wednesday that their hand was forced by a procurement protest.

Matt Lira outlines government’s ‘relay race’ to bring modernization, shared services

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Lira said that modernizing the federal government will have to transcend administrations if it is to succeed.

When MGT passes, will there be enough official CIOs to implement it?

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The IT modernization bill is on the cusp of passage, but if it does, will a dearth of agency CIOs hurt its implementation?

Education Department wants support managing its IT investments

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The agency wants support managing its IT spend and investments.

House FITARA Enhancement Act receives a clean CBO score

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

“This is an important step forward in making the FITARA Enhancement Act reality and in our efforts to realize the full potential of FITARA," Rep. Gerry Connolly, the bill's lead sponsor, told FedScoop.

FedRAMP launches its Tailored baseline

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The new cloud adoption baseline spotlights low-impact Software-as-a-Service systems to make the ATO process faster and more flexible.

CIO Crawford pivots Army to DevOps to address network woes

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

The new Army CIO says he hopes to get the service's network acquisition back on track.

Navy R&D awards $34M cloud migration contract to CSRA

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The contract will provide cloud migration, engineering and maintenance services to the Navy’s Science and Technology community through Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure cloud systems.

GSA launches beta version of new SAM.gov site

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

Agency officials unveiled a test of the new version of the procurement portal, giving industry a peek at what’s to come and also soliciting advice.

GSA, experienced agencies can do more for EIS transition, GAO says

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

A new report says GSA and other agencies could be doing more to make the shift to the $50-billion telecommunications contract go smoothly.

Pentagon sets ‘aggressive’ path to cloud with new steering group

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan issued a recent memo directing the creation of the DOD Cloud Executive Steering Group.

GAO: IT delays hurt agency’s ability to track grant money for volunteering and service projects

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

The Corporation for National and Community Service's eGrants system needs some help assessing the risk associated with grants, according to the congressional watchdog.

GSA tailors procurement vehicle to cover data breaches, identity protection

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

GSA officials said that they would rebrand SIN 520-20 to help agencies tailor Data Breach Response and Identity Protection Services.

CFTC chairman: Government must ditch ‘analog regulation,’ embrace blockchain

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

J. Christopher Giancarlo sees blockchain technology as the key to protecting the government's oversight of markets.

Mary Davie officially named deputy commissioner of FAS

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

Commissioner Alan Thomas issues a spate of leadership changes within FAS.

64 percent of IRS IT hardware beyond its useful life, report says

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The agency estimates the cost to replace its aged IT systems would run $430 million.

Q&A: DXC CTO Dan Hushon talks federal IT modernization

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

Five months since its creation of DXC, Chief Technology Officer Dan Hushon talks about the company’s early days and the future of federal IT.

Zielinski named governmentwide IT category manager

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

He will replace Mary Davie, who was recently promoted to acting deputy commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service.

U.S. Digital Service taps 8(a) to help agencies ‘fail fast’

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

Leveraging SBA’s 8(a) program, USDS created an initiative for agencies to looking to learn skills like agile development or build a minimum viable product.

New Eastern Foundry report tells why startups struggle with federal contracts

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 month ago

It also offers some suggestions on how the federal government can be a better partner to young, innovative companies.

DHS official: Cyber executive order will expose ‘gaps’ in FedRAMP staffing

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

Barry West said the Trump administration's cybersecurity executive order could shine a light on the need for a beefed up FedRAMP PMO.

This interagency group wrote a guide to cloud adoption, and it’s just getting started

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 month ago

Chad Sheridan, CIO of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency, on what the Cloud Center of Excellence is up to next.

CISOs debate the need for shared services

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

For agencies looking to improve their cybersecurity posture through IT modernization, CISOs say shared services could be an efficient way to achieve both.

Adapt or die: The national security implications of a globalized tech market

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

The federal government needs to embrace global trends in the technology market or face irrelevance, officials and executives said.

IT modernization efforts increase cybersecurity challenges, survey says

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

A survey of 200 federal IT executives found that 59 percent of respondents felt IT modernization efforts have increased the cybersecurity challenges they face.

Cerner taps former VA CIO, ONC head to advisory group

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

Health care IT company Cerner has brought in some big guns to help advise on its work to build a new electronic health records system for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Trump administration taps new OPM, GSA nominees

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

Nominees Jeff Tien Han Pon and Emily Webster Murphy both have extensive backgrounds serving at the agencies they've been tapped to lead.

3 ways Congress can pass an IT modernization bill (and what’s most likely)

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The congressional calendar might be the MGT Act's biggest adversary, but there are ways to get it done before the end of 2017.

Budget uncertainty could fuel federal IT spending blitz

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

A confluence of federal budget hurdles for 2018 could fuel end-of-the-year IT spending to reach record highs.

DHS looking for tech to alert on sex offenders who’ve crossed the border

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is looking for new technology to alert other law enforcement officials when they release registered sex offenders.

Social Security Administration awards $7.8B IT contract

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The agency tapped three companies to handle its information technology services with a potential 10-year, $7.8 billion contract.

GAO chief: CIO departures are ‘an area of concern’

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

A recent rash of agency CIO departures has GAO Comptroller General Gene Dodaro worried about the road to IT acquisition reform.

Vendor sues VA for sole-sourcing e-health modernization contract

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

CliniComp says the VA violated the Competition in Contracting Act of 1978, among other federal regulations, in choosing Cerner for its EHR modernization without openly competing the procurement.

Watchdog: USAID e-pay program captures less than 1 percent of targeted Afghan customs revenue

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

After spending $161 million to help stop customs corruption, USAID officials find their electronic payment system has fallen short of expectations.

Will government tech exec departures impact IT modernization momentum?

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

While the support for IT modernization has been prominent, the agency leadership needed to implement those plans could be walking out the door.

Prospective federal cloud providers will gain visibility with ‘FedRAMP in Process’

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

Cloud service providers working on their FedRAMP authorization will now be able to demonstrate their capabilities to agencies sooner.

Why has the NDAA become the fast lane for essential tech bills?

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

With a stacked congressional legislative agenda, hopping on the NDAA wagon may be the best way to pass the MGT Act.

Industry prepares for fiscal double-whammy in late September

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The Professional Services Council hosted an event to help contractors navigate the possibility of an unprecedented one-party government shutdown. The federal debt ceiling is also getting tight.

NASA taps contractor for $180 million IT contract at Jet Propulsion Lab

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The four-year contract went to Herndon, Virginia-based ManTech and includes two possible three-year extensions worth an additional $270 million.

Agencies leaning into shared services for reform plans

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

With agencies looking fervently for any efficiency they can find in their reform plans, the benefits of shared services have become quite sought after.

What does EIS mean for IT modernization?

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

The contract’s consolidation of network infrastructure and web services is another piece in the government’s move to update its information technology.

DISA to replace JHITS with Pacific telecom upgrade in 2018

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

The agency said that it planned to upgrade its telecommunications operations in the Pacific Rim next year with a shift away from legacy systems.

Would a CenturyLink-Level 3 merger affect EIS? GSA to wait and see

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

Just as GSA starts implementing its new telecommunications contract, there’s a possibility it may have to revisit at least a portion of the deal.

TSA wants your best passenger screening algorithms

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 months ago

TSA is hosting an open competition on Challenge.gov to improve airport screening equipment.

GSA wants to avoid Networx-style delays for EIS transition

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

GSA officials are keen not to repeat the years-long shift they saw when agencies transitioned to EIS predecessor Networx a decade ago.

DISA issuing classified tablets to senior Pentagon officials

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

DISA launched a new pilot recently expanding its Department of Defense Mobility Classified Capability-Secret Program to 8-inch tablets.

New bill would heighten security standards for IoT devices sold to government

by FedScoop Staff • 3 months ago

The “Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017,” co-sponsored by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo, mandates that any IoT product sold to the government must be able to receive software patches in case of a discovered vulnerability.

DHS CIO pursuing $250M in cloud-focused ‘technical support services’

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

DHS issued a sources sought solicitation Aug. 1 for architecture, development and platform technical services, largely anchored around a move to modernized cloud computing capabilities.