Weichert says federal employees, data will fuel transformation

Weichert said efforts to help retain and reskill the federal workforce as a key component of its drive to modernize the government’s IT infrastructure.

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HHS acquisition expert to blockchain doubters: ‘You are very close to being irrelevant’  

by Carten Cordell • 4 days ago

Jose Arrieta minced no words about the ReImagine HHS initiative, saying it is the wave of a not-too-distant future.

How the TMF program management office guides agencies through the proposal process

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 days ago

All an agency needs is a little time on its calendar to start learning about the IT modernization project funding possibilities powered by the Technology Modernization Fund.

Federal workforce reforms not altered by OPM leadership shakeup, acting Director Weichert says

by Carten Cordell • 4 days ago

Though the Office of Personnel Management was recently roiled by leadership changes, its acting director insists the agency’s initiatives remain on course.

Weichert unveils federal IT, cyber direct hire authority days into OPM tenure

by Carten Cordell • 5 days ago

The new acting director unveiled the agency’s plans to offer direct hire authority for IT, cybersecurity and STEM jobs within the federal government during a Thursday media roundtable.

VA, DOD leaders commit to ‘seamlessly integrated electronic health record’

by Billy Mitchell • 5 days ago

A new joint letter reinforces "both departments’ commitment to ensuring the successful transition from a legacy patient-data system to a modernized one that will continue to support active-duty service members, Veterans and their families."

Army Futures Command is key to retooling military, Shanahan says

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

The Pentagon's No. 2 called on the defense community to support the brand-new command as it works to modernize the military's approach to great-power competition.

Margaret Weichert on acting OPM role: ‘I’ve been very graciously welcomed’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 6 days ago

Weichert outlined her priorities during a keynote appearance at the Data Foundation's Data Transparency summit on Wednesday.

Microsoft Azure to offer Secret-level enabled cloud services in 2019

by Carten Cordell • 7 days ago

Microsoft’s cloud computing platform will expand its government services in early 2019, including providing Secret region capabilities for the DOD.

Rollout of two-factor authentication begins for .gov registrars

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

The GSA is requiring users of .gov sites to download and use Google Authenticator as part of their login process.

Pon out at OPM, Weichert designated to serve as director

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The Trump administration designated Margret Weichert late Friday to take the helm of OPM following the surprise departure of current director Jeff Pon.

DHS CIO Zangardi wants cyber, IT hiring to be more limber

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The federal hiring process desperately has to become more flexible to be competitive with the private sector, John Zangardi says.

Cerner taps 24 subcontractors to support $10B Veterans EHR modernization

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The team will be built around seven "core team" companies: Leidos, Guidehouse, Accenture, Henry Schein Inc., AbleVets LLC, MicroHealth and ProSource360.

Cloud Smart gets positive feedback from agency IT leaders

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

Agency IT leaders said Wednesday Cloud Smart really emphasizes the realization that agencies should be more strategic in moving to the cloud, not just acquiring it because it's a buzzy technology.

Matt Lira says the Centers of Excellence initiative is ‘crushing it’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

Could this be the "enterprise-level, agency-wide transformation" tool the government needs? Lira thinks so.

Suzette Kent outlines coming policy focus for the Office of the Federal CIO

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

"We have an unprecedented opportunity."

Confident TMF will be funded in 2019, Will Hurd is focusing now on agency working capital funds

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

Hurd is most concerned with getting CFO Act agencies to stand up IT modernization working capital funds and depositing money into them in fiscal 2019.

DHS overhauls its Science & Technology Directorate

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The Department of Homeland Security is redesigning the technology accelerator it uses to fund and help commercialize new solutions.

New GSA contract will offer automation services for contact centers

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The new SIN will offer a range of automated and bot-technology solutions through a list of more than 4,400 vendors.

GSA announces Phase II contract winners for USDA’s Centers of Excellence

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The awards fall into the same five focus areas, plus a contract for support services for the overall Business Modernization Office.

Social Security’s legacy software will be ‘substantially gone’ by 2022, CIO says

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

CIO Rajive Mathur said SSA will make significant progress in modernizing its IT systems as part of its five-year plan, but some legacy systems may remain.

Will the White House’s GEAR Center open doors for new innovators?

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

White House officials are betting big that the GEAR Center will provide a fresh avenue for small, innovative companies stymied by the acquisition process.

GSA awards $2.5B payroll shared services contract

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

“Today’s announcement of the NewPay awardees is an important step in our Shared Services journey as part of the President’s Management Agenda,” Federal CIO Suzette Kent said.

The message for national labs: Advances in quantum computing are about people, too

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

It's not enough to help develop quantum computers, experts told a Senate panel. National labs also need to train the incipient workforce that will support them.

GSA picks HUD as next agency for IT modernization Centers of Excellence

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

GSA's Technology Transformation Service will partner with HUD for a "discovery sprint" to conduct a "comprehensive assessment of the IT needs and challenges facing the department."

Ditch the General Schedule, build competency-based workforce, report says

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

A new report suggests a complete overhaul of the federal workforce is needed to ensure the future role of government.

GSA is updating its Cloud SIN to include professional services

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

In a proposal released Monday, the agency is planning to update the Special Item Number it uses to sell cloud services to agencies.

White House puts its spin on cloud policy with new ‘Cloud Smart’ proposal

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

It's all about encouraging agencies to continue moving to the cloud while also taking a beat to "ensure that the technology fits the mission."

White House hosts Google, IBM execs for quantum tech meeting

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

White House officials are expected to host tech executives Monday to discuss federal efforts to promote research into quantum information science.

GSA, Marine Corps form new council to streamline IT modernization

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

Officials said they created a new council to find new acquisition methods for IT modernization, supply chain operations and cost efficiencies.

SEC CIO Dyson to step down

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

Dyson oversaw modernization initiatives including moving the SEC to the cloud, leveraging new cybersecurity solutions and transforming the EDGAR system.

Pentagon No. 2 calls cybersecurity ‘the expectation’ as DOD releases new cyber strategy

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

"We're in a new world, and security is the standard, it's the expectation, it's not something that's above and beyond what we've done before," Patrick Shanahan said.

HHS combines AI, automation, blockchain for acquisition project

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

HHS hopes to demonstrate how all three together could streamline its buying power by November.

Who’s really accountable for interoperability of DOD, VA e-health records?

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

“In the past situations, what we’ve seen historically is that when everyone is responsible, no one is responsible," said GAO's Carol Harris. "I think that’s what has led us to where we are today."

TMF Board focused on new projects while Congress weighs funding

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

As Congress debates whether to fund the TMF in 2019, its board members are already weighing new IT modernization projects.

Federal cloud spending will hit new highs for 2018, report says

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

Ongoing efforts at IT modernization are fueling a potential 32 percent surge in federal cloud spending in fiscal 2018, according to Bloomberg Government.

White House convenes industry on tech-driven workforce redesign

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

Trump administration officials met with industry experts Wednesday to discuss how to redesign the federal workforce for the 21st century.

AI could mean massive reskilling initiatives for the federal workforce

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

It could take a massive redesign of skills needed in the workforce to utilize the technology to ensure the government can capitalize on AI's potential.

Exclusive: Kelly Olson lays out her priorities as new leader of GSA’s TTS

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

Empowering leadership, improving cross-team alignment and sharing stories of success are just a few of her early guideposts.

DOT grateful for extra hands that bug bounty program provided, CIO says

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The department recently joined the trend of federal bug bounty programs, which boost cybersecurity resources in ways that traditional methods probably can't.

EIS telecom contract can help DHS modernize IT overall, CIO says

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

John Zangardi wants to use the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract as a vehicle to help overhaul the agency’s aging IT infrastructure and has established an EIS program office to oversee the transformation.

ManTech secures $668M CDM contract

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The Fairfax, Virginia, technology company secured the Group E contract of the CDM DEFEND program, ManTech officials said. Nine federal agencies are involved.

CDM bill passes the House, moves to Senate

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The bill seeks to codify the Department of Homeland Security’s signature cybersecurity program and provide new strategy and technology.

CDM sets its sights on thorny mobile security challenges

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

Mobile devices are providing some unique challenges for CDM officials, who are building cyberdefenses against a wave of variables.

Tech policy reviews will start in September, Suzette Kent says

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

“We have to be iterative in the technology work that we do and we have to be iterative in the policies that support those,” the federal CIO says.

Head of new Veterans Affairs EHR modernization office suddenly resigns

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Genevieve Morris said the program is headed in a direction that is different than she anticipated.

OMB guidance: Robotic process automation key in encouraging ‘high-value activities’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 months ago

The President's Management Agenda urges agencies to increase efficiency. Process robotics is a way to do that, Mick Mulvaney says in new guidance.

‘Test-and-learn opportunities’ will define GEAR Center, OMB leaders say

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

OMB knows it’s not easy to bring new ideas to the federal government, so that’s why it wants to set up its new research center outside of it.

Your agency will get a lot out of applying for a TMF award, says TMF awardee

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 months ago

"I've threatened this before, but if other agencies aren't going to go after the rest of that money — I am," Department of Energy CIO Max Everett said.

Kelly Olson tapped to lead TTS following Collins Smee’s departure

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

Olson will oversee GSA's technology acquisition arm, including its IT Modernization Centers of Excellence initiative.

Intelligence community facing an ‘explosion’ in cloud demand after early adoption

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Intelligence community leaders didn't envision how much agencies' cloud usage would grow in just a few years, says Sue Gordon of ODNI.

Agency leaders: Technology isn’t coming for your job — and it might make it easier

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

At FedTalks 2018, top officials from DOT and CBP discussed how people play an essential role in ensuring that automation and other technologies are used to the fullest extent.

Beth Killoran out as CIO at HHS, moves to new agency role

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 months ago

New agency CTO Ed Simcox will take over in an acting capacity.

First comes better data management, then modernization, former CIOs say

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

Agencies looking to transform their IT infrastructures with technologies like cloud better take a long look at their data first, two former CIOs told FedScoop.

Three things Treasury’s Fiscal Service learned about deploying bots in the government

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 months ago

The agency is ready and willing to advise others looking to get in on the efficiency-boosting technology.

Bill Zielinski tapped to lead GSA’s IT acquisition branch

by Carten Cordell • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months ago

The agency put out a request for information this week.

IT acquisition leader Kay Ely to retire from GSA

by Carten Cordell • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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.