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02/05/2020
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Automation is exploding in government

The General Services Administration has huge plans for automation and artificial intelligence this year. The agency is looking to expand upon its 33 existing robotic process automation (RPA) pilots with several more and increase the Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) program’s emphasis on artificial intelligence, officials told FedScoop. The RPA program "has a robust pipeline of new use cases that are under evaluation and in development,” a GSA spokesperson told FedScoop. “Agencies, including GSA, are looking across all functional areas for automation candidates.” Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.


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NARA needs more cloud

The National Archives and Records Administration faces a major mandate to transition to fully electronic recordkeeping, and stop collecting paper records, by the end of 2022. This means the agency is going to need a lot more "flexibility and efficiency" in its cloud services, the agency said in a recent request for information. So, NARA is working on a potential plan to replace its enterprise cloud contract. The contract listing is called “Platform & Infrastructure for Cloud Archives & Records Depositories” or, in acronym form, PICARD. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has more on PICARD.


Let the CRS reports flow freely

Transparency advocates want Congress to make more Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports more accessible to the public. While Congress has made recent progress making the reports more publicly available on a new website, the reports are still only published as PDFs, which “significantly undermines their utility,” the site’s “bulk download” function only allows for the download of 5,000 reports at a time and non-confidential historical reports aren’t published, the advocate says. Tajha has this too.


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WATCH: Red Hat IT director on the benefits of agile integration to speed up development

Red Hat’s Eamon McCormick describes a three-pillar approach that allow organizations to break up a monolithic enterprise bus system for integrations. First, distributing integration projects across teams. Then using containers to allow integrations to be distributed and independent of each other. Finally, embracing APIs to share integration mechanisms with other departments. Watch McCormick’s full conversation here.


Federal agencies need to improve hiring flexibility in battle for IT talent

A recent study points to rising demands for new federal IT skills. However, agencies face more than a wage-scale disadvantage when competing for tech talent. They also have to overcome rigid hiring rules which tend to disqualify or discourage promising candidates. Read more from top workforce experts.


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