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02/28/2020
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VA sets new EHR launch

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a new go-live date for its modernized electronic health records system. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie told lawmakers Thursday that the “goal” is to have the program debut, as planned, at a Spokane, Washington, facility sometime during July. But he would not commit to a specific date before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He explained that he delayed the program's launch because he was “not satisfied” with the development of the system. Wilkie's testimony came during one of two hearings on Capitol Hill on Thursday that involved the VA’s EHR modernization program. Jackson Barnett attended the hearings.


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What’s holding agencies back in adopting zero trust?

Agencies want to speed up the adoption of zero-trust security. But for some, particularly larger ones, things like legacy applications, compliance restrictions, politics and cultural issues are slowing them down. A recent survey found 4% of enterprises have begun adopting zero trust and 33% plan to within nine months. But another 36% of enterprises will take 10 months or longer, and 28% had no plans at all citing legacy apps and compliance restrictions. “I see every agency wanting to do the right thing,” Sean Frazier, advisory chief information security officer of federal at Duo Security, told FedScoop. “I see a lot of the agencies that have been a little more forward-leaning on cloud and mobile being the first movers.” Dave Nyczepir has more on the move to zero trust.


An exit interview with Renee Wynn

As NASA CIO Renee Wynn gets set to retire from government after 30 years of service, she caught up with FedScoop for a one-on-one interview to recount her tenure as IT chief of the nation’s space agency — some of which didn’t quite go as expected. She also described what her successor will face as she departs, and explained what she’ll miss the most in leaving government. She also gave a clue to what might come next in her career. "The space economy is blossoming right now," Wynn said. "And it’d be interesting to see where that goes." Billy Mitchell talked to Wynn.


When is GOTS not in the national interest?

Many believe that Government-off-the-Shelf is the best way for agencies to acquire software. In this model, the government builds the software itself or, more likely, contracts with an external firm. The government then owns and maintains the source code and any government agency can apply to use the GOTS software for free. But not only can it often be much more costly for an agency, but the second-order impacts on the American technology sector can be very damaging, according to Shyam Sankar, president of Palantir Technologies. In an op-ed, Sankar explains how GOTS isn't really in the best interest of the nation and can give an advantage to the U.S.'s adversaries by pitting the government toe-to-toe with American software companies. Read Sankar's op-ed.


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