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Federal CIOs’ 5 key steps to IT modernization

by Billy Mitchell • 1 day ago

FedScoop gathered leading federal CIOs and IT officials for a candid talk about the progress about the path to success in IT modernization.

Bill would turn government’s vulnerabilities equities process into law

by Chris Bing • 2 days ago

There’s a bill in the works that would codify the U.S. government’s vulnerabilities equities process into law.

OPEN Government Data Act to get another chance

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 days ago

Legislation setting a presumption that all government information should be published as open, machine-readable data is back with bipartisan support in the House.

For health tech post, HHS reportedly brings in former congressman

by Evan Fallor • 2 days ago

John Fleming, a physician, was recently named the deputy assistant secretary for health technology at the Department of Health and Human Services, according to the Times-Picayune newspaper.

FBI’s handling of facial recognition tech draws skepticism on Capitol Hill

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 days ago

Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle Wednesday expressed skepticism and dissatisfaction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's explanation for how it has been using facial recognition technology.

Federal telework has ‘some barriers’ to success, GAO says

by Evan Fallor • 3 days ago

The Government Accountability Office recently made recommendations to four federal agencies that it said would improve telework agreements and data reporting among the federal government's growing number of remote workers.

NSA deputy says U.S. cyberattack responses must improve

by Shaun Waterman • 3 days ago

The way that U.S. government agencies respond to cyberattacks against the private sector from nation-state or other high-level adversaries is “fundamentally flawed” and needs to change, an NSA official said.

Gov Actually Episode 9: Can innovation survive federal downsizing?

by Billy Mitchell • 3 days ago

In this episode of Gov Actually, Phaedra Chrousos joins hosts Danny Werfel and Dan Tangherlini to discuss federal innovation and whether the recent moves of the current administration will extinguish that spark.

Early USDS hire Eric Hysen closes out his ‘first tour of duty’

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 days ago

One of the U.S. Digital Service's early hires talks of his time at headquarters and the Department of Homeland Security — and of what lies ahead for the startup.

‘A strategic mistake’: Shulkin criticizes VA’s decision against unified health records with DOD

by Billy Mitchell • 4 days ago

David Shulkin called it a "strategic mistake" for the Department of Veterans Affairs not to move to an integrated, modernized electronic health record platform directly aligned with the Defense Department.

Citizenship office’s IT shortcomings pose ‘significant risks,’ watchdogs say

by Evan Fallor • 4 days ago

USCIS' overhaul of its IT has undergone significant delays, costing the agency funding and posing a threat to national security, the Government Accountability Office warned in a recent report.

Tony Scott added to board of Baldrige Foundation

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 days ago

Former U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott is taking his expertise to the private sector.

Legacy IT makes federal agencies less secure, study says

by Shaun Waterman • 5 days ago

Federal agencies that shift money from maintaining outdated legacy IT systems to modernizing them can expect to see fewer cybersecurity incidents.

NASA turns to teens for global smart city platform

by Jason Shueh • 5 days ago

Through its real-world learning program, the agency is developing a geospatial analytics dashboard to assist cities in managing water, electricity, traffic and other resources.

Federal prisons look to improve health care for aging population

by Evan Fallor • 5 days ago

The bureau hopes to implement a platform that can measure population health, regulatory compliance, finances and operational costs.

Federal court rules against vendor in FirstNet protest, RFP to move forward

by Colin Wood • 1 week ago

Now officially out of the race, Rivada Mercury will seek the business of the states that opt-out of the federal agency's $6.5 billion nationwide public safety communications network.

Despite open jobs, veterans face problems landing civilian cybersecurity roles

by Patrick O’Neill • 1 week ago

Low morale at places like the National Security Agency and high salaries outside of government drive personnel away from Washington, D.C., and into the waiting arms of Silicon Valley.

Agencies should share APIs, developer platforms, federal CIO Council says

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 week ago

The federal government is duplicating too many software projects across different agencies, and it could start to fix the problem by encouraging the sharing of platforms and services, the federal CIO Council says.

What Trump’s budget blueprint says about federal IT

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 week ago

President Donald Trump's initial budget proposal, while short, doesn't leave out technology's role in federal government operations and management.

FBI would get $61M to fight cybercrime, encryption in Trump budget proposal

by Chris Bing • 1 week ago

President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint for the federal government proposes a $61 million increase for the FBI and Justice Department in fiscal 2018 to better track terrorist communications and combat cybercriminals.

Microsoft Azure cloud gets OK to handle sensitive Veterans Affairs data

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 week ago

The Department of Veterans Affairs approved Microsoft Azure Government to handle its most sensitive data, the company announced Wednesday.

This could be the year for Issa’s bill requiring open, standardized financial data format

by Evan Fallor • 1 week ago

The Financial Transparency Act, reintroduced by California Republican Darrell Issa, would require financial regulators adopt standardized open data filing practices.

Automated signature system expected to save $1.2M annually for Census Bureau

by Evan Fallor • 1 week ago

The eSignLive system will remove the need for paper and manual shipping and handling.

White House adviser promises funding, centralization for federal cybersecurity

by Shaun Waterman • 1 week ago

“President Trump intends to put his money where his mouth is,” White House homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert said Wednesday.

Cloud migration outlook: Still bright

by Yogesh Khanna • 1 week ago

In this contributed analysis, CSRA's Yogesh Khanna explains why recent pessimism about federal agencies moving to the cloud is false.

Pro-Trump Twitter bots are now promoting WikiLeaks’ CIA dump

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

Our sister publication CyberScoop details how about 32,000 unique Twitter accounts — more commonly known as “bots” — tweeted more than 170,000 times using the #Vault7 hashtag on March 8, the day the leaked information was made public.

Switch to open data could save companies $10B annually

by Evan Fallor • 2 weeks ago

Following the lead of the Netherlands and Australia, U.S. adoption of standard business reporting could benefit both private companies and federal agencies.

CA to pay $45M to settle allegations brought by whistleblower

by Evan Fallor • 2 weeks ago

The New York-based software company "did not fully and accurately disclose its discounting practices," according to the Department of Justice.

Rep. DelBene continues push to extend U.S. Digital Service as its future remains uncertain

by Patrick O’Neill • 2 weeks ago

"One thing I've been working is making sure we have longterm support for the U.S. Digital Service," DelBene told FedScoop.

Good signs for federal IT under Trump, Rep. Will Hurd says

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

The Trump administration's transition teams are asking "all the questions" that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been asking for the last two years around IT, the chairman of a key House subcommittee said in an interview with FedScoop.

What it’s like to work with DIUx

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

Working with the government is often a sluggish process, but it doesn't have to be, says Brandon Tseng, co-founder and CFO of artificial intelligence company Shield AI.

Heads up developers, some census data just became easier to use

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

It will be more easy to use the American Community Survey's most granular data and build apps out of it because it has been transformed into linked data, the Census Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Meisel announced Saturday during a panel at SXSW in Austin.

FISMA 2016: White House claims progress against cyberattacks

by Shaun Waterman • 2 weeks ago

For the first time, agencies were required to report only incidents that affected their operations, and to break those incidents down based on the attack vector used.

Trump tweets, officials’ messaging apps draw bipartisan scrutiny from House panel

by Evan Fallor • 2 weeks ago

The House Oversight Committee has queried President Trump about allegedly deleting tweets and criticized federal employees' use of encrypted messaging platforms.

Proposed ‘hacking back’ bill is gaining traction, lawmaker says

by Chris Bing • 2 weeks ago

Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., recently proposed a bill that would allow companies victimized by cyber attacks to take “active cyber defense measures” is now gaining bipartisan support, according to the congressman.

Amazon Web Services earns ATO for Veterans Affairs

by Evan Fallor • 2 weeks ago

The Department of Veterans Affairs issued Amazon Web Services an ATO for its GovCloud technology, officials said Friday.

Digital student-aid form takes a hit as IRS data retrieval tool goes down

by Evan Fallor • 2 weeks ago

An IRS tool used to upload tax information in the FAFSA is down, leaving some students scrambling as federal aid deadlines approach.

Another federal website consolidation effort? Vendors say it could benefit the public

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

Experts muse whether another consolidation effort could help improve federal websites.

NSF pledges $100M for wireless tech hubs

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

The National Science Foundation announced a new program Wednesday to build wireless-technology research hubs across the country, backed by nearly $100 million in pledged funding and resources.

GAO’s health IT advisory panel looks for founding members

by Evan Fallor • 2 weeks ago

A new health IT advisory committee will combine two existing committees and will recommend health IT practices to federal officials.

Ex-18F Director Aaron Snow joins an old friend at cBrain

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

Aaron Snow has joined cBrain as chief operating officer for North America, the Danish government digitization and automation firm announced Thursday.

Page-load speeds, accessibility issues hamper federal website experience, ITIF says

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

Many of the federal government's most popular websites are not fast, mobile friendly or accessible for users with disabilities, according to a new report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

Federal website use grows, but visitors are growing more critical, report says

by Evan Fallor • 2 weeks ago

A growing number of federal website customers are skeptical of the channel despite a rapid rise in its use, according to a recent report by Forrester Research.

Confide messaging app used by Trump team has multiple critical vulnerabilities

by Patrick O’Neill • 2 weeks ago

Security researchers at Seattle-based IOActive found multiple critical vulnerabilities in Confide after it underwent a security audit for the first time in February.

WikiLeaks reveals alleged U.S. hacking operations in release of CIA documents

by Chris Bing • 3 weeks ago

In what is apparently the first in series of upcoming releases dubbed “Vault 7,” the controversial transparency organization claims that this will be the most comprehensive publication of confidential documents in CIA history.

Gov Actually Episode 8: Trump’s OMB

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

Gov Actually is back this week with a new episode featuring Robert Shea, a former Office of Management and Budget associate director for administration and government performance under President George W. Bush.

Library of Congress looks to improve access management

by Evan Fallor • 3 weeks ago

The Library of Congress is hoping to make its identity and access management system require multifactor authentication.

Microsoft expands Azure Government data services

by Evan Fallor • 3 weeks ago

An expansion of data sources within Microsoft's Azure Government Cloud will allow for more open source technology within government agencies.

Cyber order coming soon, says exec briefed by White House

by Shaun Waterman • 3 weeks ago

The White House is putting the finishing touches on a new draft of the executive order, originally scheduled for signature in January, former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano said Monday.

Thiel protege Michael Kratsios named White House deputy CTO

by Shaun Waterman • 3 weeks ago

The chief of staff to billionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel is slated to be a new deputy chief technology officer in the Trump White House, according to news reports.

NASA releases catalog offering free software for businesses

by Evan Fallor • 3 weeks ago

Software released by NASA this week could encourage development by data processing and aeronautics businesses.

Former Veterans Affairs CIO LaVerne Council joins MITRE

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

Council will serve as senior vice president and general manager for the Center for Connected Government, which focuses on MITRE's business with civilian agencies.

An agile financing model: Agile share-in-savings

by Robert Read and Chris Cairns • 3 weeks ago

Commentary: In this guest contribution, 18F co-founders Chris Cairns and Robert Read talk about financing agile projects in iterative chunks.

Many in federal management not seeing benefits from cloud migrations, survey shows

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 weeks ago

Fewer than 1 in 10 federal leaders say that their agency's cloud migrations have been successful, according to a new Deloitte report published Wednesday.

Cisco’s Alan Balutis talks the future of government

by FedScoop Staff • 3 weeks ago

Cisco's Alan Balutis joins FedScoop TV to discuss his thoughts on the future of government.

SEC moves closer to requiring open format for company filings

by Evan Fallor • 3 weeks ago

The SEC this week voted for a rule change requiring public companies to file financial statements with an open format known as Inline XBRL.

Bill could expand NIST’s role in federal cybersecurity

by Shaun Waterman • 3 weeks ago

Under a bill approved Wednesday by a House committee, the National Institutes of Standards and Technology would show federal agencies how to implement the Cybersecurity Framework that it developed for companies that own and operate critical industries.

Lawmakers troubled by cyber-enabled information warfare

by Chris Bing • 3 weeks ago

Lawmakers are searching for answers to how the U.S. government should counter cyber-enabled information warfare and other foreign propaganda efforts like those allegedly deployed by Russian intelligence services during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

After Harold Martin case, intelligence community seeks answers

by Chris Bing • 4 weeks ago

The case is causing leaders on Capitol Hill and in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to re-examine exactly how the government defends against insider threats.

Juniper Networks lands Defense Information Systems Agency’s former CTO

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 weeks ago

The Defense Information Systems Agency's recently departed chief technology officer has joined Juniper Networks' federal division, the company announced Tuesday.

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