Former U.S. officials call for transparency in cybersecurity of 2020 census

Nearly a dozen officials write that Americans deserve to know that the systems and technical protocols the Census Bureau is employing to collect and store information about them are not putting that information at risk.

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Military to collaborate with allies on quantum navigation project

by Carten Cordell • 10 hours ago

An Air Force official said last week the military is planning a joint exercise with the UK, Australia and Canada on a quantum “challenge program.”

Evolving Government: Moving beyond passwords for seamless identity verification

by Aaron Mahone • 11 hours ago

It’s time to move beyond passwords, 2FA, and other vulnerable and outmoded methods for identity verification, explains Averon's Aaron Mahone in this op-ed.

Inside DIUx’s push into Texas

by Samantha Ehlinger • 12 hours ago

DIUx has scored early successes in Texas leveraging its nearby military assets and offering the Defense Department's “priority problems” to make it an attractive customer.

Army announces Austin HQ for Futures Command

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 days ago

The Army chose Austin because of its “quality of life and proximity to commercial technology, research and development, and academic innovation."

DARPA interested in applying quantum computing to machine learning

by Carten Cordell • 4 days ago

Defense officials want to leverage the nuanced technology’s computing power to optimize machine learning as well as address scientific modeling problems.

VA has a new office to lead its EHR modernization push

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 days ago

The Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization will run point on the whole project.

Leaders want to improve customer service inside and outside agencies

by Carten Cordell • 4 days ago

Federal leaders are leveraging policy and technology changes to improve customer service both inside and outside the agencies.

House creates subcommittee to oversee VA tech modernization, EHR implementation

by Billy Mitchell • 4 days ago

Jim Banks, R-Ind., will chair the Subcommittee on Technology Modernization, and Conor Lamb, D-Pa., will serve as ranking member.

Defense Innovation Board proposes new metrics for assessing DOD software development

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 days ago

"What gets measured gets managed," after all.

Library of Congress is spending $1.5M on a public Congressional Research Service reports website. Is it worth it?

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 5 days ago

The library's implementation plan, and critiques from some in civil society, is raising a quintessential tension in civic tech.

To drive modernization, CIOs urge adoption of Technology Business Management practices

by Carten Cordell • 5 days ago

Agencies have been tracking their IT spending using a 20-year-old policy and federal leaders think it's time for a refresh.

GSA adds to its ongoing bug bounty program

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 5 days ago

The single sign-on platform is now included in a bug bounty program that GSA started last summer.

Defense CIO Dana Deasy conducting ‘full review’ of JEDI cloud acquisition

by Billy Mitchell • 5 days ago

The goal, Deasy says, is a final RFP "that truly represents what any smart intelligent company in private industry would do in seeking to put an enterprise cloud in place."

What role should government play in setting a ‘vision’ for AI innovation?

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 6 days ago

The Trump administration doesn't want to regulate AI too tightly — so what should the government be doing?

The White House is playing the long game on quantum computing, deputy CTO says

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

Kratsios said he hopes to see some perceptible results within the next six years.

Energy has a new central access point connecting investors, innovators to national labs

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 6 days ago

The Laboratory Partnering Service streamlines what used to be a bunch of disparately held information.

White House continues push for public-private collaboration on AI

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

The Trump administration wants to leverage the public, private and academic sectors to ensure the U.S. has the lead in artificial intelligence.

SBA wants $40M in IT services help to meet 5-year modernization goals

by Billy Mitchell • 6 days ago

The first task order will focus on cloud migration and data center consolidation.

DISA awards $49M OTA for background check system

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

The OTA will offer speed to the procurement of a new background investigations process.

VA wants to use AI to boost veteran experience

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to better leverage artificial intelligence in the front-facing services it provides to its customers.

The IRS wants to use AI and machine learning to combat cyberthreats

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

And they're looking for industry input on what techniques already exist.

GSA CISO Kurt Garbars retires

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

Kurt Garbars said in a LinkedIn post that he officially retired June 30, leaving federal service after a 30-year tenure.

IRS body lacks oversight over its IT architecture, IG says

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

The watchdog knocked IRS for both physical and digital security flaws.

Agencies can pilot mobile phish-blocking tech through DHS

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

New technology to block phishing attacks on mobile devices is now available for agencies to pilot through licenses held by DHS.

Inside Social Security’s move to modernize by being ‘cloud smart’

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

"Just because we're considering cloud first doesn't mean that's where it goes," said SSA senior adviser John Foertschbeck.

DOD gives more detail on ‘cloud initiative’ under CIO Dana Deasy’s lead

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

Yes, Dana Deasy will now lead the JEDI Cloud program.

Contractors worked on GSA’s $50B telecom transition without background check approval

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

GSA's IG says that contractor staff provided more than $675,000 worth of work on the telecommunications contract despite not having security clearances.

Can the MGT Act combat $7 billion in technical debt?

by Steve Harris • 2 weeks ago

The federal government's current level of technical debt is $7 billion — is there a solution? Dell EMC's Steve Harris explores that question in this op-ed.

CFPB inspector general: Consumer complaint database needs better identity management

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

A recent report recommends that the bureau increase controls to ensure that users are who they say they are.

DOT engages industry on draft shared services IT requests

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The agency provided feedback to industry on two draft solicitations for its seven-year IT infrastructure contract Monday.

Here’s what year two of Coding it Forward’s Civic Digital Fellowship looks like

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

This summer the program is looking to establish itself firmly within the federal government's "innovation family."

Census Bureau wants support for its questionnaire software ahead of 2020

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The bureau is calling for potential contractors to oversee the maintenance support of two software packages — its Generalized Instrument Design System and its Surveyor computer program.

This challenge seeks to leverage machine learning to predict regional unrest

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

Can your technology predict when a protest will break out in Egypt? IARPA wants to hear from you.

Will agencies tame their software, telecom inventories ahead of 2020?

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Constructing comprehensive inventories of software licenses and telecommunication assets could prove a challenge for IT modernization. EIS looms, and the White House is watching.

Angela Colter takes on executive director role at 18F

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

Colter has been the organization's director of strategy since October 2017.

IRS needs to prioritize risk management of legacy IT systems, GAO says

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

Outdated code, old hardware and attrition of the qualified workforce makes IRS's IT management a risky game.

Air Force innovation group AFWERX expands to Texas

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 weeks ago

The new Austin location puts AFWERX close to the Texas capital's tech community as well as key military facilities in the region.

Forget DevOps — Is the future of cloud NoOps?

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Integrating the developer and operations teams became a staple of the federal government’s IT modernization best practices. Now some want to take Ops piece out of it using cloud.

What we know about Phase II of the USDA Centers of Excellence

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

An industry day offered some insight into what to expect.

Leveraging government data: How it’s making a difference

by Joel Gurin and Katarina Rebello • 3 weeks ago

Developing and implementing the Federal Data Strategy will take time and will involve experts and thought leaders from inside and outside the federal government, members of the Center for Open Data Enterprise say in this op-ed.

PMA’s IT modernization plans largely on track after second quarter

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

In its most recent assessment of the President's Management Agenda's IT modernization goals this week, OMB said agencies are largely keeping pace.

New federal CISO Handbook offers ‘one-stop shop’ for cyber executives

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The CISO and CIO councils have crafted a new handbook that agencies can use to “upskill” new cyber professionals into cybersecurity leaders.

Without key leadership, VA EHR modernization is off to worrisome start, lawmakers say

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

Top leadership at the VA has been anything but consistent for the past year, and it's causing lawmakers to worry about the department's newly signed $10 billion EHR deal.

The Data Coalition is on the hunt for a new executive director

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

Founder Hudson Hollister plans to step down on Oct. 1.

House Science chairman debuts plan for National Quantum Initiative

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The National Quantum Initiative Act is intended to advance the nation’s development of the emerging technology, which could bring big advancements in computing power.

An exclusive look inside the USDA IT Modernization Centers of Excellence

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

What do the five offices actually look like? FedScoop took an exclusive tour to find out.

Commerce CIO Turk would like the IC’s help securing the 2020 census

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

As the Commerce Department prepares for the 2020 census, its CIO wants to leverage the intelligence community to identify the threats against it.

Why we need a federal data strategy

by Joel Gurin and Katarina Rebello • 3 weeks ago

OMB has launched a new website,, to encourage public comment on the Federal Data Strategy.

How In-Q-Tel can serve as ‘stamp of approval’ for startups wary of government

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 weeks ago

In-Q-Tel can give startups “confidence that OK, our capability could really have a true mission impact,” the head of federal for MapD says.

Contractors worry e-commerce portals could create ‘parallel compliance’ models

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Some contractors worry that GSA's micropurchase plan for its e-commerce portals could create two “parallel” systems of compliance.

Pentagon puts ‘cloud initiative’ under new CIO Dana Deasy’s leadership

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

Deasy, who's been the department's CIO since May, will replace Chief Management Officer Jay Gibson at the head of the program.

Obama acquisition chief: The future of procurement is all about the customer

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Anne Rung says the user-focused design the government is pursuing in its procurement and citizen services takes a lot of lessons from the private sector.

DOT launches prize competition, part of broader safety data initiative

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

Visualization tools, the agency hopes, can help make better transportation safety policy.

Rep. Stefanik chats with industry on how DOD can leverage AI

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The session focused on the strategies industry is using to best capitalize on AI technologies and how they may translate to ongoing projects within the DOD.

Q&A: Teresa Carlson on AWS’s push for the JEDI contract — and why a single award ‘is a good thing’

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

In an exclusive Q&A, Carlson details AWS's pursuit of the Pentagon's $10 billion JEDI commercial cloud contract and why she supports DOD's decision to make a single award.

OSTP forms new subcommittee to focus on quantum technology

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Officials said the new panel's goal will be to create a national agenda on quantum information science, address U.S. economic and national security implications from the technology and coordinate federal policy.

GSA schedules reform could reduce contracts for suppliers, acquisition chief says

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

Thomas said FAS is exploring reducing the number of contract schedules to make it easier for agencies to procure services and supplies.

IT modernization plays central role in Trump government reorganization plan

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

The plan promotes the use of modern technology to improve service delivery as a central tenet in the 21st century federal government.

How the 2012 Facebook IPO filing taught the SEC that IT modernization never ends

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

The online pandemonium crashed a key SEC website, and the agency learned a thing or two about scalability.

Why PIFs stay in government

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 weeks ago

Former fellows open up on what got them hooked.