Library of Congress to launch crowdsourcing program
The library wants to "improve discovery and access across our diverse collections through transcription and tagging" by members of the public.
The National Cybersecurity Strategy sounds familiar because it is, U.S. CISO says
"At the end of the day, it’s about doing a lot of patching, a lot of basic grunt work, and doing it well day in and day out,” Federal CISO Grant Schneider said.
Agency leaders aim to mix mission with perks to attract cyber workforce
Federal agencies are trying to get creative with the incentives they offer in-demand hires.
Suzette Kent on how IT modernization is really a cybersecurity play
Modern systems enable better security, the federal CIO argued during a keynote at CyberTalks.
CIOs starting to lay tech groundwork as TMF money hits agencies
Leaders update on TMF progress as money starts to hit their agencies.
GSA tests a more transparent approach to eBuy
The yearlong pilot will see select contracting offices uploading post-award eBuy request for quote (RFQ) information to the open FedBizOpps platform for public review.
‘Maximum mobility’ within federal workforce is goal of proposed NSF app
Agency leaders want to develop software that will help teach federal employees about emerging technologies and match them to future jobs.
GSA’s Murphy doubles down on reform efficiencies to drive transformation
Emily Murphy’s plan for GSA is simple in its definition: streamlined processes leveraged by technology to uncover new efficiencies and resources.
FBI narrows pool for $5B ITSSS contract recompete
The bureau is nixing its original plan to hold a full and open competition.
What the government innovation community needs, according to its members
A better way to talk about what it is they do, for one.
Weichert says federal employees, data will fuel transformation
Weichert said efforts to help retain and reskill the federal workforce as a key component of its drive to modernize the government’s IT infrastructure.
Can collaboration tools like Slack, HipChat and G Suite help fix government? USDS is betting on it
FedScoop sat down at the USDS headquarters with a group of members embedded at various agencies who described how they use collaborative tools and why they believe they're so important in modernizing government operations.
DOD CIO Deasy calls for government to better recruit senior tech talent
The DOD CIO said the government should to reach out to mid- and late-career executives to entice them to the high-valued mission of federal work.
The AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate loves a good startup accelerator
The government wants to be "right in there" during early customer discovery.
‘Don’t bid on JEDI,’ employees tell Microsoft
"Microsoft, don’t bid on JEDI," company employees wrote in a blog post on the site Medium.
HHS acquisition expert to blockchain doubters: ‘You are very close to being irrelevant’
Jose Arrieta minced no words about the ReImagine HHS initiative, saying it is the wave of a not-too-distant future.
How the TMF program management office guides agencies through the proposal process
All an agency needs is a little time on its calendar to start learning about the IT modernization project funding possibilities powered by the Technology Modernization Fund.
Air Force expands technology accelerator partnership with Techstars
In this second iteration, sponsored by BAE Systems, the tech bootcamp program will be accepting companies with "commercially viable" anti-drone technologies like sensors and computer vision to "identify" and "mitigate" unmanned systems.
Federal workforce reforms not altered by OPM leadership shakeup, acting Director Weichert says
Though the Office of Personnel Management was recently roiled by leadership changes, its acting director insists the agency’s initiatives remain on course.
Weichert unveils federal IT, cyber direct hire authority days into OPM tenure
The new acting director unveiled the agency’s plans to offer direct hire authority for IT, cybersecurity and STEM jobs within the federal government during a Thursday media roundtable.
The Defense Innovation Board wants to help the military recognize ‘agile BS’
A new guide aims to help leadership distinguish between substance and hype.
VA, DOD leaders commit to ‘seamlessly integrated electronic health record’
A new joint letter reinforces "both departments’ commitment to ensuring the successful transition from a legacy patient-data system to a modernized one that will continue to support active-duty service members, Veterans and their families."
Army officials are on the hunt for more cyber talent
"At the end of the day, it’s people that are going to make us successful," Brig. Gen. Richard Angle says. One avenue is direct hire authority.
Army Futures Command is key to retooling military, Shanahan says
The Pentagon's No. 2 called on the defense community to support the brand-new command as it works to modernize the military's approach to great-power competition.
Margaret Weichert on acting OPM role: ‘I’ve been very graciously welcomed’
Weichert outlined her priorities during a keynote appearance at the Data Foundation's Data Transparency summit on Wednesday.
Google drops out of $10B JEDI competition
The tech giant removed itself from competition for the DoD’s hotly contested cloud contract, citing ethical concerns about the use of artificial intelligence.
Microsoft Azure to offer Secret-level enabled cloud services in 2019
Microsoft’s cloud computing platform will expand its government services in early 2019, including providing Secret region capabilities for the DOD.
Acting director Angela Colter on 18F’s evolution from building tools to building capacity
The GSA-based organization is placing increasing emphasis on building with — and not just for — agency clients.
Rise of AI and ML spurs DHS to create ‘community of interest’ for staff
The group's inaugural meeting hosted "hundreds" of interested employees, says Patrick Carrick, chief scientist at the DHS Science and Technology Directorate.
DHS invests $3.5 million in biothreat technology program at Texas A&M
The university, through its educational outreach agency, AgriLife, was chosen to head a Center of Excellence to conduct work on solutions that reduce the risk of exposing U.S. citizens, agriculture and economy to biological threats.
Rollout of two-factor authentication begins for .gov registrars
The GSA is requiring users of .gov sites to download and use Google Authenticator as part of their login process.
OPM’s employee engagement project likely to stay in effect, despite Pon’s departure
As one of his last actions as OPM director, Jeff Pon directed federal leaders to begin developing strategies to improve their workforce engagement.
Data Coalition looks internally for interim executive director
Chief of Staff Sarah Joy Hays will fill the role on an acting basis.
Pon out at OPM, Weichert designated to serve as director
The Trump administration designated Margret Weichert late Friday to take the helm of OPM following the surprise departure of current director Jeff Pon.
DHS CIO Zangardi wants cyber, IT hiring to be more limber
The federal hiring process desperately has to become more flexible to be competitive with the private sector, John Zangardi says.
GSA taps two vendors for SBIR Phase III pilot contracts
Agency officials offered details on the $152.2 million in contracts they recently awarded as part of a new research & development pilot program.
Library of Congress’ new Digital Strategy makes broad commitments to emerging tech
The strategy specifically calls out computer vision, natural language processing and and machine learning as potential future investments.
Cloud Smart gets positive feedback from agency IT leaders
Agency IT leaders said Wednesday Cloud Smart really emphasizes the realization that agencies should be more strategic in moving to the cloud, not just acquiring it because it's a buzzy technology.
Hack the Marine Corps awards more than $151K in bug bounties
Ethical hackers uncovered more than 150 vulnerabilities, netting more than $151,000 in awards during the two-week cyber challenge.
IC CIO Sherman sets focus on ‘explosion’ of publicly available intelligence data
The current boom in unclassified data "can greatly enhance our intelligence, law enforcement and other national security missions," Intelligence Community CIO John Sherman said.
Matt Lira says the Centers of Excellence initiative is ‘crushing it’
Could this be the "enterprise-level, agency-wide transformation" tool the government needs? Lira thinks so.
Suzette Kent outlines coming policy focus for the Office of the Federal CIO
"We have an unprecedented opportunity."
FEMA will test its National Wireless Emergency Alert system on Wednesday. Here’s what that means
It's not actually coming from President Trump.
Confident TMF will be funded in 2019, Will Hurd is focusing now on agency working capital funds
Hurd is most concerned with getting CFO Act agencies to stand up IT modernization working capital funds and depositing money into them in fiscal 2019.
VA Digital Service leader Marcy Jacobs on building a more customer-focused VA
"It has to be that everyone here [at the Department of Veterans Affairs] has that customer experience mindset."
Feds focused on digital service, drones and data win at 2018 Sammies
The “Sammies” — dubbed “the Oscars of government service” — recognize federal employees who have crafted impactful and innovative solutions to advance the mission of government.
DHS overhauls its Science & Technology Directorate
The Department of Homeland Security is redesigning the technology accelerator it uses to fund and help commercialize new solutions.
New GSA contract will offer automation services for contact centers
The new SIN will offer a range of automated and bot-technology solutions through a list of more than 4,400 vendors.
GSA announces Phase II contract winners for USDA’s Centers of Excellence
The awards fall into the same five focus areas, plus a contract for support services for the overall Business Modernization Office.
Future Congress will ‘facilitate better coordination’ between advocates for tech expertise on the Hill
The new "resource hub" builds on longstanding efforts by many of its founding members.
Social Security’s legacy software will be ‘substantially gone’ by 2022, CIO says
CIO Rajive Mathur said SSA will make significant progress in modernizing its IT systems as part of its five-year plan, but some legacy systems may remain.
Will the White House’s GEAR Center open doors for new innovators?
White House officials are betting big that the GEAR Center will provide a fresh avenue for small, innovative companies stymied by the acquisition process.
NGA embraces the promise of AI, but not without the humans to match
A tsunami of data is driving the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's embrace not only of AI, but also its pursuit of more data scientists.
Look to USDS for lessons on how to hire technology experts, new report says
A new report details seven strategies that, the authors say, can serve to "enhance the technical expertise in government."
GSA awards $2.5B payroll shared services contract
“Today’s announcement of the NewPay awardees is an important step in our Shared Services journey as part of the President’s Management Agenda,” Federal CIO Suzette Kent said.
New White House Select Committee on AI looks to update the national AI strategic plan
The committee has published an RFI seeking public comment.
The message for national labs: Advances in quantum computing are about people, too
It's not enough to help develop quantum computers, experts told a Senate panel. National labs also need to train the incipient workforce that will support them.
Senators introduce the ‘Artificial Intelligence in Government Act’
The bill would "improve the use of AI across the federal government by providing resources."
Will Hurd wants to codify, elevate the role of the federal CIO
The Federal CIO Authorization Act of 2018 would formally reauthorize and rename the Office of Management and Budget's Office of E-Government as the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer.
DOD selects team with U.K. to tackle AI research
The DOD announced Tuesday the selection of a bilateral team of researchers from the United States and the United Kingdom for the Bilateral Academic Research Initiative.