Samantha Ehlinger

Samantha Ehlinger

Samantha ​Ehlinger ​covers a wide range of issues at the intersection of technology and government, from the Defense Department to the Department of Commerce. Reporting on everything from the work of the Pentagon’s digital ​SWAT​ team​,​ ​to ​the Defense Digital Service, to efforts on Capitol Hill to fund the modernization of government’s aging IT infrastructure, Samantha’s stories are shared by influential leaders in government. She has delivered scoops such as a story on President Donald Trump’s transition and stories on agencies’ implementation of IT legislation.
​Samantha's work has ​also ​appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and several McClatchy papers, including Miami Herald and The State. She was a part of a McClatchy investigative team for the “Irradiated” project on nuclear worker conditions, which won a McClatchy President’s Award. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University.

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Oversight seeks answers from Treasury on DATA Act implementation

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform wants to know how the Treasury Department is tackling problems that crop up during implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014.

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Executive branch websites slow to load? Legislative sites are slower, new data shows

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

Research out of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation found that legislative branch websites performed worse overall than other federal websites on tests for things like accessibility and page load speed.

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Bipartisan legislation seeks to keep previously-opened government data online

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 weeks ago

A new bipartisan bill seeks to ensure that all openly published federal data remains so, and in a machine-readable format.

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Hurd debuts revised IT modernization bill

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 weeks ago

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, Friday introduced the Modernizing Government Technology Act, with Reps. Robin Kelly, D-Ill. and Gerry Connolly, D-Va.

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DATA Act deadline is looming, but don’t expect ‘perfection,’ officials say

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 weeks ago

The first deadline for the DATA Act, which requires all agencies to report spending in a standardized way, is on May 9. But officials said Thursday that marker is only the beginning.

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Agencies look to digital personal assistants to lay foundation for self-service

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 month ago

A pilot program is taking shape that seeks to help agencies integrate their public information into digital personal assistants like Amazon's Alexa in hopes of laying a foundation for self-service access by people at home, in their cars and more.