GSA, experienced agencies can do more for EIS transition, GAO says
A new report says GSA and other agencies could be doing more to make the shift to the $50-billion telecommunications contract go smoothly.
Pentagon sets ‘aggressive’ path to cloud with new steering group
Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan issued a recent memo directing the creation of the DOD Cloud Executive Steering Group.
IRS software isn’t compliant with the MEGABYTE Act, report says
A new report says the IRS still doesn’t have policies, guidance or tools to be in compliance with federal law on software license management.
For help creating fake veterans, VA turns to Challenge.gov
Software developers at the department need "synthetic" patient data to use when testing new software.
GAO: IT delays hurt agency’s ability to track grant money for volunteering and service projects
The Corporation for National and Community Service's eGrants system needs some help assessing the risk associated with grants, according to the congressional watchdog.
GSA tailors procurement vehicle to cover data breaches, identity protection
GSA officials said that they would rebrand SIN 520-20 to help agencies tailor Data Breach Response and Identity Protection Services.
VA CIO Rob Thomas retiring from government
Scott Blackburn will take over as acting CIO effective this week.
CFTC chairman: Government must ditch ‘analog regulation,’ embrace blockchain
J. Christopher Giancarlo sees blockchain technology as the key to protecting the government's oversight of markets.
John Owens’ advice to other agency CIOs: learn to live within government constraints and embrace failure
"Any CIO who tells you that they don't have a failed project is probably not challenging themselves."
Air Force awards $1B CHES cloud contract
According to Dell EMC, it's the largest federal cloud-based unified communications and collaboration contract.
A deeper dive into DHS’s Kaspersky ban
The directive “does not address Kaspersky code embedded in the products of other companies."
Library of Congress doubles down on digital with the launch of ‘labs’ site
Labs is "a new online space that will host a changing selection of experiments."
MGT Act passes Senate as amendment to NDAA
The Modernizing Government Technology Act passed the Senate Monday as an amendment to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.
Mary Davie officially named deputy commissioner of FAS
Commissioner Alan Thomas issues a spate of leadership changes within FAS.
Watchdog issues glowing assessment of NASA’s drone-related research
The agency is delivering great research, but needs to get better at keeping track of its own UAS.
64 percent of IRS IT hardware beyond its useful life, report says
The agency estimates the cost to replace its aged IT systems would run $430 million.
Q&A: DXC CTO Dan Hushon talks federal IT modernization
Five months since its creation of DXC, Chief Technology Officer Dan Hushon talks about the company’s early days and the future of federal IT.
OPEN Government Data Act sees a clear path through Congress as part of NDAA
The bill sets the "presumption" that government data should be presented as open and machine-readable data.
CIO Council to host massive federal IT hiring event
The government wants you (and you and probably you) for IT positions.
Executive branch reorganization pushes DHS to find IT efficiencies
At the top of the list: "SOCs and NOCs."
Tech groups highlight benefits of passing the MGT Act in letter to Senate
Updated IT will in turn yield improved cybersecurity capabilities, the letter argues.
U.S. Digital Service taps 8(a) to help agencies ‘fail fast’
Leveraging SBA’s 8(a) program, USDS created an initiative for agencies to looking to learn skills like agile development or build a minimum viable product.
No more Kaspersky on government networks, says DHS
The Department of Homeland Security wants all Kaspersky products off of federal networks within the next 90 days.
4 IT modernization moves SBA is making right now
CIO Maria Roat likes moving fast, which is one reason why the SBA is currently moving through several IT efforts at a rapid clip.
Startups rave about DHS’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program
"It was a very very streamlined process," one company executive reflected, while on a panel at Wednesday's AFCEA Homeland Security conference.
New to Challenge.gov: Bureau of Reclamation seeks help with Colorado River data flow
The Interior Department agency has launched a $60,000 Challenge.gov competition to find "innovative" data visualization solutions.
Evolving Government: Why government needs open-source deep learning
Skymind CEO Chris Nicholson explains why government stands to gain "significantly" from open source AI.
Gov Actually Episode 18: Meet the 2017 Sammies Finalists pt. 3
In this episode, the Gov Actually team speaks with Tom Davis, director of recapitalization in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
USDA has 22 CIOs, but Secretary Perdue wants to change that
The department announced office "realignment" last week.
Former U.S. CIO Tony Scott takes on law firm advisory role
In the role, Scott will support the law firm's data privacy and cybersecurity practices.
New Eastern Foundry report tells why startups struggle with federal contracts
It also offers some suggestions on how the federal government can be a better partner to young, innovative companies.
Postal Service needs to capitalize on API user data, report says
A new report has found that while the agency offers several APIs for its customer base, it isn't analyzing user data from them.
HHS isn’t making much progress on a national network for public health data
There's a plan, but it's not sufficiently detailed, GAO says.
Evidence-based policy report calls for secure data service
The report lays out recommendations for the establishment of a National Secure Data Service to oversee transparent and privacy-protected information.
DHS official: Cyber executive order will expose ‘gaps’ in FedRAMP staffing
Barry West said the Trump administration's cybersecurity executive order could shine a light on the need for a beefed up FedRAMP PMO.
This interagency group wrote a guide to cloud adoption, and it’s just getting started
Chad Sheridan, CIO of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency, on what the Cloud Center of Excellence is up to next.
CISOs debate the need for shared services
For agencies looking to improve their cybersecurity posture through IT modernization, CISOs say shared services could be an efficient way to achieve both.
Adapt or die: The national security implications of a globalized tech market
The federal government needs to embrace global trends in the technology market or face irrelevance, officials and executives said.
Most agencies running behind on OMB’s Data Center Optimization Initiative
GAO recommends that Congress consider extending a fiscal year 2018 deadline.
White House pledges support to spending bill without Tech Modernization Fund
The legislation would get the president's signature even though it "does not include $228 million requested for the TMF to retire and replace antiquated legacy information technology (IT) systems."
IT modernization efforts increase cybersecurity challenges, survey says
A survey of 200 federal IT executives found that 59 percent of respondents felt IT modernization efforts have increased the cybersecurity challenges they face.
The Technology Transformation Service’s bug bounty is a civilian agency first
GSA is looking for outside hackers to test the Federalist web publishing service for any and all vulnerabilities.
Cerner taps former VA CIO, ONC head to advisory group
Health care IT company Cerner has brought in some big guns to help advise on its work to build a new electronic health records system for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
New tools help agencies gain total visibility of data
The right information governance practices, combined with new data management tools, help agencies maximize the value of data while minimizing risk and cost.
Gov Actually Episode 17: Meet the 2017 Sammies Finalists pt. 2
In this episode, the Gov Actually team speaks with Brenda Smith of CBP, who was nominated for the Sammies for her work on the Single Window system.
18F begins work on centralized FOIA website
18F is building a website that allows users to file a FOIA request for any agency in one place.
Trump administration taps new OPM, GSA nominees
Nominees Jeff Tien Han Pon and Emily Webster Murphy both have extensive backgrounds serving at the agencies they've been tapped to lead.
Veterans Affairs IT team takes principled approach to driving customer service
When it comes to customer service, every interaction matters for the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Information and Technology.
Report: IRS’s cyber response team lacks FISMA-required training
A recent audit has found that federal employees and contractors on the agency’s cyber incident response team hadn’t taken training required by law.
3 ways Congress can pass an IT modernization bill (and what’s most likely)
The congressional calendar might be the MGT Act's biggest adversary, but there are ways to get it done before the end of 2017.
VA needs to get more tech-savvy with its snail mail, GAO says
A fractured procurement system makes it all but impossible for the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide mandated accounts of how much mail it sends.
White House issues long-awaited IT modernization report
The report lays out "the current and envisioned state of Federal IT, and it provides specific recommendations to jumpstart a new wave of modernization efforts."
Budget uncertainty could fuel federal IT spending blitz
A confluence of federal budget hurdles for 2018 could fuel end-of-the-year IT spending to reach record highs.
Agencies slow to comply with MEGABYTE as deadline nears
Years of decentralized networks have left agencies scrambling to inventory their software licenses to stay in compliance with the 2016 law.
Watchdog: Transportation agency needs to define its role in connected vehicle data privacy
Connected vehicle data privacy regulation spans the FTC and NHTSA, making the landscape a little confusing for stakeholders.
Exit Interview: CIO Dave DeVries leaves post-breach OPM on solid footing
DeVries recalls his tenure at OPM a year after almost saying no to the job.
Tillerson: State cyber coordinator office to officially shutter
The move comes one month after Chris Painter, America’s top cyber diplomat for six years, announced his departure in July.
Is that boat’s catch illegal? Challenge.gov asks competitors to figure it out using data
There's growing interest in how tech might help tame the wild seas.