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06/26/2020
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Federal CIO out

Two-and-a-half years after joining the Trump administration as Federal CIO, Suzette Kent is moving on. She announced to her team Thursday that she will leave government in July. Her decision came as a surprise, but also less than a year in advance of a possible administration transition if President Trump is not re-elected in November. “My commitment was to give 100% to improving government technology and citizen services. It is my hope that the outcomes achieved stand in evidence to that commitment,” Kent said in a statement. More on Kent's departure.


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How to inspire Americans to serve

In the latest episode of Gov Actually, Joe Heck — chair of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service — joins the podcast to discuss the commission’s recently released final report to Congress and President Trump on how the nation can inspire citizens to consider public service. "[T]his was the first time in our nation’s history where a single entity was given the opportunity or the mandate to holistically evaluate service in America and come back with recommendations to the president, Congress and to the American people on how we can, as our vision statement says, have every American inspired and eager to serve," Heck says in the episode. Listen now.


GSA ups STARS II by $7B

The General Services Administration raised the ceiling of its STARS II small business set-aside governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC) by $7 billion this week. Upping the STARS II contract to $22 billion will help small businesses and federal agencies amid the coronavirus pandemic-caused recession. “By raising the 8(a) STARS II ceiling, GSA continues to ensure that we meet the needs of our federal agency customers,” said GSA Administrator Emily Murphy in an announcement. “As agency demand for IT products and services has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, GSA is proud that STARS II will remain available to help agencies deliver world class IT services.” Dave Nyczepir has this one.


Platform One pivots to full-time telework

The Department of Defense's Platform One — the group of software developers based out of the Air Force that builds and secures technology tools across the military — is going remote full-time after experiencing success teleworking during the coronavirus pandemic. The team’s more than 180 employees were told on a videoconference call that working from home and operating as a distributed team will be the new normal. Other tech-savvy groups in the government have championed a distributed, remote work model, such as the General Services Administration’s 18F. But Platform One says it is the first federal team to migrate to a fully at-home model due to the coronavirus pandemic. More from Jackson Barnett.


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