Military to collaborate with allies on quantum navigation project
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
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
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
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
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
The Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization will run point on the whole project.
Leaders want to improve customer service inside and outside agencies
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
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
"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?
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
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 login.gov to its ongoing bug bounty program
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
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?
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
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
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
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
The first task order will focus on cloud migration and data center consolidation.
DISA awards $49M OTA for background check system
The OTA will offer speed to the procurement of a new background investigations process.
VA wants to use AI to boost veteran experience
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
And they're looking for industry input on what techniques already exist.
GSA CISO Kurt Garbars retires
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
The watchdog knocked IRS for both physical and digital security flaws.
Agencies can pilot mobile phish-blocking tech through DHS
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’
"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
Yes, Dana Deasy will now lead the JEDI Cloud program.
Contractors worked on GSA’s $50B telecom transition without background check approval
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
Colter has been the organization's director of strategy since October 2017.
IRS needs to prioritize risk management of legacy IT systems, GAO says
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
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?
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
An industry day offered some insight into what to expect.
Leveraging government data: How it’s making a difference
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
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
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
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
Founder Hudson Hollister plans to step down on Oct. 1.
House Science chairman debuts plan for National Quantum Initiative
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
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
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
OMB has launched a new website, strategy.data.gov, to encourage public comment on the Federal Data Strategy.
How In-Q-Tel can serve as ‘stamp of approval’ for startups wary of government
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
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
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
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 Challenge.gov prize competition, part of broader safety data initiative
Visualization tools, the agency hopes, can help make better transportation safety policy.
Rep. Stefanik chats with industry on how DOD can leverage AI
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’
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
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
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
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
The online pandemonium crashed a key SEC website, and the agency learned a thing or two about scalability.