Agencies need to better track adoption of cyber framework in critical infrastructure — GAO

A new report found a lack of insight into the progress of federal efforts to promote critical infrastructure adoption of the NIST cybersecurity framework.

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Trump tech adviser Reed Cordish out after a year

by Billy Mitchell • 2 days ago

Cordish said he never planned to stay more than a year and that he'll return to the family real estate business.

Grace Koh departs White House tech, telecoms and cyber role

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 days ago

Abigail Slater, currently general counsel at the Internet Association, will take over.

These 10 companies are building ‘counter-drone’ tech in the Air Force accelerator

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 days ago

The technologies under development really run the gamut.

Inside DHS’s complicated relationship with industry

by Carten Cordell • 3 days ago

A new report found divides between industry and agency officials on each's responsibility for pitfalls in acquisitions and the pursuit for innovation.

Getting AI to ‘do more for less money’ will take up-front investment, experts tell lawmakers

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 3 days ago

It's not just about funding research and development, it's also about training the right people, witnesses told a House subcommittee.

Pentagon to host industry day for commercial cloud acquisition

by Billy Mitchell • 3 days ago

The industry day will hopefully solidify how DOD plans to buy commercial cloud services across its enterprise.

DOD looking for the next GPS

by Billy Mitchell • 4 days ago

Satellite-based GPS has become "contested" and "vulnerable" and can no longer be relied on, a top Pentagon IT official said.

Defense Digital Service revamps with clearer, more accessible guidance

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 days ago

Over the past year the team has learned that guidance on how to release code as open source must be as straightforward as possible.

GSA merges shared services team and management councils into new office

by Carten Cordell • 4 days ago

The new entity will serve as the integrator for the administration’s broader acquisition and performance management goals.

GSA awards $15B Alliant 2 contract to 81 small businesses

by Carten Cordell • 4 days ago

GSA officials tapped 81 small businesses to fulfill its 10-year, $15-billion IT services contract.

Trump taps Army’s Nakasone as next NSA, Cyber Command head

by FedScoop Staff • 4 days ago

FedScoop's sister publication CyberScoop reported in recent weeks that Nakasone was the favorite to land the job.

Mulvaney touts R&D increase, but some accounts would take cuts

by Carten Cordell • 5 days ago

The OMB director extolled proposed increases for research & development, but some agencies tasked with technology development are taking a hit.

Trump budget would create a Technology Business Management office housed within GSA

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 5 days ago

As an early adopter, GSA can help guide other agencies in using TBM practices.

The on-ramp to FedRAMP is automation

by Milica Green • 5 days ago

The future of FedRAMP is fewer hassles, more templates and automation, this op-ed argues.

2019 budget request includes plans to train feds for emerging tech

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

The request included a $50 million fund to improve federal recruitment and retention of technology personnel.

General Dynamics to acquire CSRA in multibillion-dollar deal

by Michelai Graham • 6 days ago

GD's acquisition of CSRA will cost $9.6 billion, including $2.8 billion in CRSA debt.

OMB launches updated with IT modernization ‘backbone’

by Billy Mitchell • 6 days ago

OMB put an operational pause on last summer as it readied federal reorganization plans.

White House budget calls for $210M for IT modernization fund

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

As expected, President Donald Trump's fiscal 2019 budget proposes increased spending for IT at federal agencies, including for a central modernization fund.

This OpenGov Foundation tool aims to make calling Congress great again

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 6 days ago

Article One uses existing technologies to help congressional offices deal with a deluge of voicemails.

Justice Deputy CIO Kevin Deeley passes away

by Billy Mitchell • 6 days ago

Deeley, who spent the past six years as deputy CIO of the DOJ, was 55.

Tillerson floats idea for new ‘cyber bureau’ at State

by FedScoop Staff • 1 week ago

The bureau would build relationships with foreign governments and coordinate on international cybersecurity priorities.

Shanahan on DOD’s commercial cloud: It’s ‘not our goal’

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

"Our goal is to get a lot of the data into an environment where we can start making better decisions," said the Pentagon No. 2.

Finding and fixing talent gaps will require new tech tools, OPM says

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

The first edition of OPM's quadrennial federal workforce review calls for the agency to adopt new technology tools to keep track of the public sector's talent gap.

With 5G coming to IoT, Zangardi says the future of cyberdefense is ‘originality’

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

As the magnitude of IoT devices increases, the DHS chief information officer said the key ingredient for future cyberdefense will be originality.

How the Fed Tech accelerator makes the most of hot ideas in federal labs

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

An idea for treating fabric moves from a Navy lab through to a startup company, showing how federal research can transfer to the entrepreneurial world.

Pentagon awards nearly $1B contract for cloud migration to REAN Cloud

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The contract is based on a prototype REAN launched last year with the U.S. Transportation Command, helping migrate dozens of its legacy applications to the cloud.

Marines’ Crall takes DOD cyber adviser role; Bible in as acting CIO

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

Crall is taking the spot left empty by Maj. Gen. Burke “Ed” Wilson, who Defense Secretary Jim Mattis appointed as his right-hand man on cyber policy.

300 interviews, 50 tentative job offers and more: CIO Council shares initial hiring fair results

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

"The federal-wide hiring event was an effective and cost efficient solution to attract diverse top talent to the public sector," the council concludes.

Pentagon No. 2 foreshadows future of ‘uncompromising’ cyber-hygiene

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

"We want the bar to be so high that it becomes a condition of doing business," Shanahan said of cybersecurity.

Open source standard bill advances in House, but doesn’t ditch the DUNS

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The House Oversight Committee voted to advance a bill for open source-tracking of grant data, but not without a tit-for-tat about its lasting impacts.

HHS debuts new Startup Day event with ‘Shark Tank’ pitches

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The event is another piece of CTO Bruce Greenstein's humility-in-government mission.

The rise and fall of 18F

by Daniel Castro • 2 weeks ago

In this op-ed, ITIF's Daniel Castro advises the Trump administration of the importance of recruiting top technical talent.

FedRAMP’s ‘year of refinement’ emphasizes improvements to continuous monitoring

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

In 2018, the office is looking to fine-tune the guidance it’s using to connect cloud service providers with federal agencies.

Reduced request for airport scanners earns a broadside from Rep. McCaul

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee took some shots at the Office of Management and Budget over the White House's funding proposal for airport screening technology.

The We the People petition site is back. But what actually changed?

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

Questions remain about how, exactly, the revamped site will save a promised $1.3 million per year.

DHS awards $621M CDM cybersecurity contract to Booz Allen

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

The award is tied to the Dynamic and Evolving Federal Enterprise Network Defense (DEFEND) program, part of the third phase of CDM.

SBA innovation program hobbled by database errors, GAO says

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The report found that the databases for two R&D programs frequently have inaccurate and inconsistent data on whether projects are meeting their goals.

As DISA’s Lynn retires, Pentagon network defense becomes fully operational

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

One of Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn's key achievements was overseeing the Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Network to full operational capability.

Evolving identity management crucial for federal cybersecurity, but budget woes slow adoption

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

According to a new survey, identity management tech is evolving, and to no one's surprise, budgets are making it difficult for agencies to update their systems.

Emerging Tech 2018: 7 technologies poised to disrupt government

by FedScoop Staff • 3 weeks ago

FedScoop takes a deep dive into the emerging technologies that could disrupt federal agencies in 2018.

Emerging Tech 2018: Blockchain

by FedScoop Staff • 3 weeks ago

Emerging Tech 2018: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

by FedScoop Staff • 3 weeks ago

There are a number of agencies that already use early forms of the technologies.

Emerging Tech 2018: Drones

by FedScoop Staff • 3 weeks ago

Emerging Tech 2018: Quantum Computing

by FedScoop Staff • 3 weeks ago

Emerging Tech 2018: Internet of Things

by FedScoop Staff • 3 weeks ago

How to maximize your chance to win MGT funds

by Nicolas Ojeda and Eric Co • 3 weeks ago

What can a savvy CIO do to maximize his or her agency’s chances of winning funding for its project? Here are four ideas.

GSA must clearly define its goals for the smart buildings program, watchdog says

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

GAO wants GSA to get more use out of the data it collects.

IT modernization: Winning staff buy-in matters as much as what technology you choose

by Casey Coleman • 3 weeks ago

A former federal CIO outlines key steps to navigating IT change.

From one U.S. CIO to the next: Tony Scott on Suzette Kent’s fit, challenges

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

"I spent a good amount of time on the phone with her," former U.S. CIO Tony Scott told FedScoop, "and I was impressed."

Serious about growing your contracting business? A new incubator is here to help

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

GovCon Incubator will provide training and guidance to those "committed to building an exceptional company," CEO Olessia Smotrova said.

Former USDA CIO Alboum heading to the private sector

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

California-based Veritas Technologies has hired Jonathan Alboum as chief technology officer of its public sector division.

Congress needs to revive in-house tech office, think tank says

by Michelai Graham • 3 weeks ago

Since the Office of Technology Assessment was cut in 1995, policymakers have struggled to understand and create laws around new technology, a think tank argues.

DHS partnering with tech sector to tackle terrorist content

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke says the agency is collaborating with tech companies to combat the content terrorist organizations use to recruit.

Job hunting? USPTO is seeking its next CIO

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

The agency wants "an inspirational leader" to fill the role John Owens left open in November.

DOT wants to use data science to make roads safer

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

In one pilot, the agency will partner with navigation app Waze to see if crowd-sourced hazard information can be used to predict future crashes.

DHS CISO Jeff Eisensmith to retire

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Eisensmith has been in charge of DHS’s cybersecurity operations since 2012 and helped oversee a number of agency efforts, from CDM to threat information sharing.

Security clearances process added to GAO list of high-risk programs

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 3 weeks ago

A big backlog of background checks and problems with IT security are among the key reasons for the decision, GAO said.

EPA is seeking digital service experts for an Innovation Fellowship

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

"Positions focus on the modernization of EPA system, applications and data through agile development, user-centered design, modular practices and open innovation," a listing says.