Rob Cook to leave GSA after TTS leadership shakeup
Cook won't take the role offered to him after he was told Monday he'd be replaced.
Shifts continue as Brigati named GSA’s acting deputy administrator
The move comes a day after the agency said that it was moving Technology Transformation Service Director Rob Cook and his assistant, Crystal Philcox, and the same day GSA Administrator Emily Murphy was sworn in.
Private investigator pleads guilty to trying to use FAFSA e-vulnerability to get Trump’s tax details
The IRS and Department of Education disclosed the vulnerability, and launched an investigation into possible exploits, in March.
Trump signs Modernizing Government Technology Act into law
The move fulfills a more than a year-long effort to allow federal agencies to reprogram unused budget allocation to fund future IT modernization projects.
White House convenes public, private sectors around digital health record interoperability
Jared Kushner will kick it off with Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Rob Cook, Crystal Philcox removed from TTS leadership roles in GSA shakeup
Little more than a year since he was brought on to lead TTS, Cook has been replaced.
AbilityOne Commission needs stronger cyber controls, IG says
An IG report found the AbilityOne Commission’s cyber posture fell short of FISMA reporting compliance.
After harsh report, citizenship office says it’s taking ELIS challenges very seriously
USCIS says it has been working hard to fix the problems identified by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General.
How VA spent $1.1B in 6 years on EHRs it’s now trying to replace
VA paid more than two-thirds of it — $741 million — to just 15 contractors.
Dcode takes fintech and blockchain from hype to reality
Can FinTech and blockchain solutions help agencies improve government’s ability to provide services to citizens, regulate more effectively, and manage its own internal operations — or is it mostly hype?
Get ready for new 508 accessibility requirements in 2018
The specifications, which take effect in January, establish new guidelines to help seeing- and hearing-impaired residents access information on government websites, apps and from other digital media.
Agencies have until April 2018 to assign critical cyber job codes
The Office of Personnel Management issued a memo on Dec. 6 outlining the next steps for agencies to identify critical technology skills gaps.
Essye Miller named acting CIO at the Department of Defense
Miller will maintain some of her information security responsibilities as well, the DoD said.
GSA list names 80 companies leading Alliant 2 SB consideration
The agency issued a list of 80 small business contractors that are considered to be frontrunners for the $15 billion Alliant 2 SB contract.
Acquisition lead looks to save Pentagon tech from the ‘valley of death’
Ellen Lord's focus is set on bridging the gap between engineers in labs and warfighters on the battlefield as Pentagon's acquisition office splits in two.
Former VA CIO to lead Grant Thornton’s innovation unit
Grant Thornton has tapped LaVerne Council to be its national managing principal for Enterprise Digital Strategy and Innovation.
Code-a-thon for opioid crisis delivers digital tools — and a hint of HHS culture change
The idea got "funny looks" to begin with, leadership said, but the reality of the event was inspiring.
VA, White House explore medical record interoperability with private hospitals
VA is working with the White House's Office of American Innovation to brainstorm how it can become interoperable with private facilities.
FedRAMP focuses on continuous monitoring redesign
If 2017 was the year FedRAMP streamlined its authorization process, then 2018 will see it change the way it approaches its continuous monitoring.
USCIS continues to struggle with its Electronic Immigration System
The agency's attempt to automate the N-400, the key application for naturalization form, "has not been successful."
HHS code-a-thon on opioid crisis puts an emphasis on the human dimension
Despite the potential power in the numbers, officials reminded the crowd that this is a crisis affecting people.
CDW-G, AT&T resolve protest, will share $238M Census mobile device contract
The resolved protest clears the way for the bureau to test and deploy mobility technology to census enumerators in 2019.
Kirstjen Nielsen sworn in as DHS secretary
She received Senate confirmation Tuesday by a vote of 62-37.
Emily Murphy gets Senate approval to lead GSA
Murphy received Senate approval Tuesday by voice vote.
Getting data scientists into the good stuff is goal of new GSA platform
The Data Science Virtual Desktop will allow access to datasets, and it will be hosted on a site where agencies can also share their data.
NOAA scouting small businesses for help securing data from satellites
NOAA is looking for small businesses that might be able to help with the IT security of its ground-based data centers and systems, and the data flow of everything between them and its satellites.
Former USPTO CIO Owens lands at CGI
Owens will take over as vice president of the solutions development group within CGI Federal's emerging technology practice.
This small accelerator program is funneling tech from federal labs into new startups
Fed Tech is a platform and a program that connects would-be entrepreneurs to technologies developed in federal labs.
OPM CISO Cord Chase: ‘Cyber is just a support role’ to IT modernization
In this latest FedScoop Q&A, Chase talks about fostering collaboration across the executive branch to safeguard information at OPM.
DHS advocates ‘innovative’ public-private partnerships in fight against online extremism
A recently released Countering Violent Extremism Task Force report explores the components of a comprehensive government and private sector response.
Nancy Norton nominated to succeed Alan Lynn as next DISA director
Her impending directorship still requires Senate confirmation, and the Pentagon hasn't yet specified an end to her predecessor Lynn's term.
The third Congressional Hackathon tackles openness and faith in government
People don't trust their government. Is there a hack for that?
ONC says interoperability exchange framework expected in December
ONC officials said the office would debut a new framework, designed with NIST, this month to share electronic health records across networks.
The new class of Presidential Innovation Fellows is here
This is the first class to join since the PIF program was codified by the TALENT Act.
Committee issues policy on mobile use in secured spaces
The new directive simply allows for the use mobile devices in secured spaced, but "it doesn't mandate that these devices be allowed [there]."
Interoperability is passé — VA wants ‘seamless care’ with DOD
Simply achieving interoperability between VA and DOD is no longer the goal.
Can these tools get people to care about the census?
Ahead of the 2020 decennial, how can the Census Bureau communicate the usefulness of accurate data to more everyday Americans?
NOAA looking for partners in mega-contract for IT services
Officials offered new details on NOAA's anticipated IT services contract, stressing the need for industry partners as a key component.
Alliant 2 protests pour in
The Government Accountability Office has so far received five protests on the Alliant 2 contract.
Air Force needs help bringing broadband to every U.S. base
The Air Force's lack of broadband on some installations isn't uncommon among the military services. It's a Defense Department-wide issue.
AWS Secret Region ‘game changing’ for intelligence community, CIA official says
"This means for the first time we have a common set of tools, a constant flow of the latest technology and the flexibility to scale rapidly to meet mission demands," a senior CIA official said.
Software maintenance at the root of CBP’s January outage, report finds
A four-hour outage of the agency's passenger processing system in January ultimately had to be corrected by legacy system servers.
New Eastern Foundry initiative aims to help international companies sell to the government, too
The incubator and coworking space for small federal contractors has teamed up with partners to launch Global Foundry.
Evolving Government: Insights from working with blockchain companies in government
A look inside the reality of implementing blockchain technologies.
HHS CISO Chris Wlaschin on the importance of cyber-hygiene
In this FedScoop Q&A: Wlaschin talks about what he views as the most critical part of his job today.
With MGT on the path to becoming law, Hurd looks to the future
Will Hurd is on the verge of seeing his Modernizing Government Technology Act become law. Now, he just has to work on an encore.
White House missing opportunity to modernize federal websites, think tank says
ITIF thinks the Office of American Innovation should take a deeper look at .gov website performance and security as part of its modernization efforts.
The Library of Congress finally finished its quest to digitize the original Lincoln documents
For the first time, more than 20,000 full-color scans of the original documents are available online.
OMB and GAO tangle over high-priority IT program reporting
The congressional watchdog's report centers on how OMB’s Office of E-Government and Information Technology assesses the top 10 high priority IT programs across the federal government for quarterly reports to Congress.
How virtual reality could change the way NASA does science
Lab manager Tom Grubb sees applications for the technologies at every stage of a mission — from planning through to final data analysis.
GSA plans for success, hopes for few protests with feedback-friendly Alliant 2
Following the awarding of the $50 billion contract, officials addressed what they hope will be the premier vehicle for information technology acquisition.
Amazon Web Services launches ‘secret’ cloud for government
AWS's Secret Region can handle federal workloads up to the secret level of security.
OPM extends temporary hiring exemptions for IT modernization
The Office of Personnel Management is looking to give federal agencies a leg up in hiring temporary talent for their cloud migration and information technology modernization projects.
GSA awards $50B Alliant 2 to 61 contractors
The awards come after a bumpy road for the contract, which saw protests from several IT companies late last year.
AI experts slam proposed use of ‘extreme vetting’ algorithms
Automation could easily be used to "arbitrarily flag groups of immigrants under a veneer of objectivity," a group of 54 computer scientists says.
Agencies to get hyperconverged savings from new GSA deal
GSA negotiated a deal with Nutanix and Carahsoft to offer a suite of 10 hyperconverged cloud infrastructure solutions on the agency's governmentwide IT Schedule 70 contract.
NDAA’s new protest pilot could send ripples through IT contracting
The pilot could have significant impacts on IT procurement beyond the defense sector as federal agencies seek to curb the number of protest awards.
Senate passes conferenced NDAA, pushing MGT Act to its final hurdle
The IT modernization bill will likely become law soon, following its passage in the Senate as part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.
Gov Actually Episode 20: The other side of Trump’s tax reform
The podcast discusses the bill not with a political lens or by diving into how it affects the deficit but rather from a perspective of whether it is "administerable."