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Bill Zielinski tapped to lead GSA’s IT acquisition branch

by Carten Cordell • 3 days ago

Zielinski has seen a quick rise as an IT acquisition leader at GSA.

Could a continuing resolution save the Tech Modernization Fund in 2019?

by Carten Cordell • 4 days ago

Continuing resolutions, the weapon of choice for financing the government for the past dozen years, could be a way for the TMF to sidestep appropriators.

IT spend on customer relationship management surges in 2018

by Carten Cordell • 4 days ago

Investments are undergirded by a surge in IT spending, with 14 percent growth between 2016 and 2017.

USDA wants an intranet employees would ‘look forward to going to’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 5 days ago

The agency put out a request for information this week.

IT acquisition leader Kay Ely to retire from GSA

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

Amid both a massive reorganization and ongoing IT modernization efforts, the General Services Administration is losing its technology chief.

18F slices ATO times to from 6 months to 30 days

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

Finding more efficiency in the ATO process has been a conundrum for public and private sectors, but an 18F team thinks they may have finally cracked it.

How can the government get the most out of its reskilling efforts?

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

Workforce reskilling strategies already reside within the private sector — can the government adopt and scale them for 2 million federal employees?

Air Force wants to experiment with consolidating service desk, device management

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

Experiments at up to 20 of 187 bases globally will "leverage commercially owned and operated IT services at those bases to learn and adjust before transitioning to the rest of the AF starting in 2020."

CIOs are doing their jobs, even when there’s no policy to do so

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

According to GAO, "officials from most agencies stated that their CIOs are implementing the responsibilities even when not required in policy."

TTS’s Joanne Collins-Smee leaving GSA

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Joanne Collins-Smee will leave GSA for the private sector at the end of August.

ACT-IAC pens framework to help agencies reform their CX

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The Customer Experience Playbook focuses on the policy and culture challenges agencies will have to navigate to deliver customer-focused tools and services.

U.S. CIO Suzette Kent keys in on talent gap as root of federal cyber struggles

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

Asked at a hearing Wednesday how lawmakers could be of assistance in helping agencies better secure their IT infrastructures, Kent pointed immediately to a "continued focus on workforce activities."

White House wants industry input on how to build its GEAR Center

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

The Trump administration is looking to create a public-private partnership laboratory to research how to build a better government.

VA wants to use AI to boost veteran experience

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to better leverage artificial intelligence in the front-facing services it provides to its customers.

An exclusive look inside the USDA IT Modernization Centers of Excellence

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 months ago

What do the five offices actually look like? FedScoop took an exclusive tour to find out.

Why we need a federal data strategy

by Joel Gurin and Katarina Rebello • 2 months ago

OMB has launched a new website,, to encourage public comment on the Federal Data Strategy.

IT modernization plays central role in Trump government reorganization plan

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The plan promotes the use of modern technology to improve service delivery as a central tenet in the 21st century federal government.

GSA wants industry help to implement governmentwide Technology Business Management framework

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The agency issued a request for information Monday seeking industry input on how the Trump administration can adopt the widely used strategy for tracking IT spending.

Workforce and culture change: The real discussion around emerging technology

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

When it gets down to the nitty gritty of emerging tech, top IT officials want to talk more about people and process than the technology.

Suzette Kent: Data science talent will be the next big need for agencies

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

With the growth of big data analytics, Kent said increased demand for data science talent could equal or outpace that of cybersecurity in the federal government.

Three ways machine learning can end the security clearance backlog

by Erin Hawley • 3 months ago

DataRobot's Erin Hawley gives three ways machine learning can cut down on the security clearance backlog.

Lasting culture change paramount to IT modernization, officials say

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

The challenge for agency leaders will not only be to upgrade their technology, but also to sustain their propensity for transformation.

GSA plots course for $2.5B modernized federal payroll system

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

The agency is soliciting information for commercial SaaS payroll solutions to use in its potential $2.5 billion initiative called NewPay.

PMA’s plans to modernize IT, workforce rebuffed by House Democrats

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

The White House’s plan to transform the government’s IT infrastructure, workforce and data management is facing a familiar foe: entrenched partisanship.

What will the CIO executive order do that FITARA hasn’t?

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

The White House hopes its newest executive order can get CIOs a bigger seat in agency leadership by giving them backing from the president.

At State Department, IT modernization puts spotlight on data as ‘strategic asset’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 months ago

Information is the "currency" of the Department, Ken Rogers, acting deputy CIO for business management and planning, said at an event on Thursday.

Education Department says it’s ahead of the curve on using TBM

by Carten Cordell • 4 months ago

The department's CIO said it is already using the White House-approved accounting framework to get better insight into its technology terrain.

OMB, GSA leaders highlight Technology Business Management framework’s early wins

by Carten Cordell • 4 months ago

Leaders say though the implementation of TBM is ongoing, early returns are showing the benefits of using the taxonomy.

U.S. CIO Suzette Kent: Don’t change IT modernization plan; ‘turbo boost’ it

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 5 months ago

"A lot of the things we're doing are still the same," Kent said. "Our focus is accelerating [modernization] and moving to a turbo boost."

Margie Graves points to quarterly goals, new policies as key to IT modernization

by Carten Cordell • 5 months ago

Deputy U.S. CIO Margie Graves said her team wants to do a better job of holding agencies accountable for meeting goals on a quarterly basis.

Are microservices the gateway to modernization?

by Carten Cordell • 5 months ago

Officials looking to begin the lift of transforming their infrastructures could start by applying microservices to their underlying systems.

U.S. CIO Suzette Kent: Federal IT transformation needs the skills of women

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 5 months ago

"Results have proven that women are more effective collaborators and what you deliver is actually better," Kent said at a Women in Federal IT and Cyber event on Thursday.

Trump’s management agenda ties together IT, data and workforce overhaul

by Carten Cordell • 5 months ago

Through a vast transformation of federal operations, the President’s Management Agenda aims to deliver citizen services with private sector efficiency.

GSA’s IT modernization efforts will take a village, Zielinski says

by Carten Cordell • 6 months ago

Officials said building the government's future IT infrastructure will depend heavily on the collaboration of the Federal Acquisition Service's components.

OMB launches updated with IT modernization ‘backbone’

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

OMB put an operational pause on last summer as it readied federal reorganization plans.

Finding and fixing talent gaps will require new tech tools, OPM says

by Carten Cordell • 6 months ago

The first edition of OPM's quadrennial federal workforce review calls for the agency to adopt new technology tools to keep track of the public sector's talent gap.

February budget clashes could complicate IT modernization, trade group says

by Carten Cordell • 7 months ago

Congress still faces a pileup of budget questions converging on the calendar, including the anticipated unveiling of the fiscal 2019 budget, federal agency reorganization plans and ongoing fiscal 2018 budget negotiations.