GSA, Marine Corps form new council to streamline IT modernization

Officials said they created a new council to find new acquisition methods for IT modernization, supply chain operations and cost efficiencies.

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GSA awards $2M bug bounty service contract to HackerOne

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 days ago

The contract will extend a pilot partnership formed in August 2017.

SEC CIO Dyson to step down

by Carten Cordell • 4 days ago

Dyson oversaw modernization initiatives including moving the SEC to the cloud, leveraging new cybersecurity solutions and transforming the EDGAR system.

Senate bill would create the National Defense Accelerator Network

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 days ago

It's unclear how the proposed network would interact with and complement existing programs.

Pentagon No. 2 calls cybersecurity ‘the expectation’ as DOD releases new cyber strategy

by Billy Mitchell • 5 days ago

"We're in a new world, and security is the standard, it's the expectation, it's not something that's above and beyond what we've done before," Patrick Shanahan said.

Agencies need in-house techies to know how to buy good tech, GAO reiterates

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 5 days ago

There have been strides in improving federal expertise for tech acquisitions, a new report says, but the workforce still "faces skill gaps."

Library of Congress launches awaited public-facing CRS reports website

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 5 days ago

Early impressions indicate the site delivers on the Library's plan, if not all outside advocates' hopes.

HHS combines AI, automation, blockchain for acquisition project

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

HHS hopes to demonstrate how all three together could streamline its buying power by November.

Open source can spark innovative business transformation in government, Red Hat leaders say

by FedScoop Staff • 6 days ago

And Red Hat can show agencies the way to drive a cycle of innovative business transformation through its Open Innovation Labs.

HHS survey identifies 5 big challenges to intra-agency data sharing

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 6 days ago

What stands in the way of HHS becoming a more data-driven agency?

HHS roundtable highlights priorities for applying data to the opioid crisis

by Joel Gurin and Katarina Rebello • 7 days ago

Joel Gurin and Katarin Rebello of CODE highlight the key findings of a recent HHS roundtable on open data and the opioid crisis.

Veterans Affairs to open VistA e-health record maintenance contract this week

by Carten Cordell • 7 days ago

The agency plans to begin accepting bids for a five-year contract to manage the IT and data services of its VistA system as early as Friday.

Congress wants the Intelligence Community to weigh in on how to counter ‘deepfakes’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 7 days ago

Among the lawmakers' questions: Has the technology already been used deceptively by a foreign entity? And what can Congress do?

Who’s really accountable for interoperability of DOD, VA e-health records?

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

“In the past situations, what we’ve seen historically is that when everyone is responsible, no one is responsible," said GAO's Carol Harris. "I think that’s what has led us to where we are today."

National Quantum Initiative Act passes the House

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

The goal is to develop a cohesive national strategy for research into quantum information science (QIS).

Deloitte says ‘digital reality’ can help agencies accomplish more with less

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

Tools like augmented reality, virtual reality and 360-degree video can be a boon to the hiring process, for training workers and for enhancing productivity overall, a new report says.

TMF Board focused on new projects while Congress weighs funding

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

As Congress debates whether to fund the TMF in 2019, its board members are already weighing new IT modernization projects.

Federal cloud spending will hit new highs for 2018, report says

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Ongoing efforts at IT modernization are fueling a potential 32 percent surge in federal cloud spending in fiscal 2018, according to Bloomberg Government.

As Hurricane Florence hits, USDA is leveraging GIS for better emergency communications

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The mapping tool could lead to quicker and more intuitive building of media distribution lists.

White House convenes industry on tech-driven workforce redesign

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Trump administration officials met with industry experts Wednesday to discuss how to redesign the federal workforce for the 21st century.

Senators want answers on State Department’s lack of multi-factor authentication

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

State uses enhanced authentication on just 11 percent of required agency devices, according to reports.

Government Publishing Office chooses new CIO

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

Sam Musa, previously the chief of IT services for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will fill the role.

AI could mean massive reskilling initiatives for the federal workforce

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

It could take a massive redesign of skills needed in the workforce to utilize the technology to ensure the government can capitalize on AI's potential.

Exclusive: Kelly Olson lays out her priorities as new leader of GSA’s TTS

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

Empowering leadership, improving cross-team alignment and sharing stories of success are just a few of her early guideposts.

New NIH challenge targets apps for improved Alzheimer’s care

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

Suggested ideas include software to aid communication between doctors and Alzheimer's patients, an application to connect patients to existing community resources and more.

FDA awards $225M IT contract to track drug performance

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The agency selected three contractors to help develop an IT system that will analyze the performance of drugs and vaccines on the market.

Gov Actually Episode 27: Inside the Senate confirmation process

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

Dan and Danny take you behind the scenes to explore the Senate confirmation process.

DARPA announces $2 billion in funding for ‘AI Next’ campaign

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The goal is to get the technology into its "third wave," where it begins to adapt to changing situations more in the way human intelligence does.

DOT grateful for extra hands that bug bounty program provided, CIO says

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The department recently joined the trend of federal bug bounty programs, which boost cybersecurity resources in ways that traditional methods probably can't.

OSTP director nominee sails through Senate Commerce

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The weather prediction expert now awaits final approval by the full Senate. The job has been open since the beginning of the Trump administration.

EIS telecom contract can help DHS modernize IT overall, CIO says

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

John Zangardi wants to use the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract as a vehicle to help overhaul the agency’s aging IT infrastructure and has established an EIS program office to oversee the transformation.

Government blows past deadline for fourth National Action Plan for Open Government

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

After some delays, the plan was slated for release on Aug. 31.

DOD CIO Deasy: The CAC is here to stay ‘for the foreseeable future’

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

According to Dana Deasy, the Pentagon's common access card isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

ManTech secures $668M CDM contract

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The Fairfax, Virginia, technology company secured the Group E contract of the CDM DEFEND program, ManTech officials said. Nine federal agencies are involved.

Can technology help to locate people lost in open waters?

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

The Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard want to know what the next-generation life jacket looks like.

IC leaders want AI to be your coworker, not your replacement

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Intelligence leaders want analysts to see AI as a "powerful sidecar," but its adoption is not without its hurdles.

CDM bill passes the House, moves to Senate

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The bill seeks to codify the Department of Homeland Security’s signature cybersecurity program and provide new strategy and technology.

Glitch in FOIAonline.gov reveals personally identifiable information

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

A glitch in the government's central Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) portal FOIAonline.gov caused "dozens, if not hundreds" of social security numbers to be revealed.

DOD extends deadline for JEDI contract proposals to October

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

The Pentagon has extended the deadline for proposals for its $10 billion JEDI commercial cloud acquisition by about three weeks.

GPO grapples with ‘Keeping America Informed’ in the digital information age

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

A new report suggests that the agency might want to consider automated alerts for federal agency product releases.

Senators rail against ‘use it or lose it’ spending at end of September

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

Senators want to ensure that "spending in the last quarter of this fiscal year is not wasteful or abusive."

GSA taking bids for new contractor validation services

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The agency wants to acquire new validation services for federal contractors and grantees.

GAO report: 2020 census isn’t out of the woods yet

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

"The Bureau continues to face significant challenges and risks in its efforts to manage the schedules, contracts, costs, and cybersecurity of its 2020 Census systems."

CDM sets its sights on thorny mobile security challenges

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

Mobile devices are providing some unique challenges for CDM officials, who are building cyberdefenses against a wave of variables.

Can AI help catch criminals where a fingerprint fails?

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 weeks ago

The FBI is looking for tools to deal with cases where suspected criminals intentionally or unintentionally alter their fingerprints.

How online marketplaces can solve for compliance and transparency issues in government procurement

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

Op-Ed: Former U.S. Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung believes that bringing the simplicity of the consumer online buying experience to government customers will improve transparency and compliance.

Wilkie: VA and DOD ‘will be joined from the hip’ on EHR rollout

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

The secretary of Veterans Affairs said “from here on out, DOD and VA will be joined from the hip" on EHR implementation.

EPA’s Southeast office lacked proper security controls for sensitive data, OIG says

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

An EPA office allowed users server access to sensitive information without monitoring whether they had permission to view it, a new report has found.

Expansion of mobile offerings is big business for DISA

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 weeks ago

DOD Mobility Portfolio Manager Jake Marcellus talks to FedScoop about DISA's expansion of its unclassified mobile service offerings.

Citizenship agency wants cloud-based cybersecurity services

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

USCIS wants a cybersecurity-as-a-service solution to work across its systems and in multiple cloud environments.

Tech policy reviews will start in September, Suzette Kent says

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

“We have to be iterative in the technology work that we do and we have to be iterative in the policies that support those,” the federal CIO says.

Head of new Veterans Affairs EHR modernization office suddenly resigns

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

Genevieve Morris said the program is headed in a direction that is different than she anticipated.

OMB guidance: Robotic process automation key in encouraging ‘high-value activities’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 weeks ago

The President's Management Agenda urges agencies to increase efficiency. Process robotics is a way to do that, Mick Mulvaney says in new guidance.

The Air Force’s Kessel Run is looking for a few good UX designers

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 weeks ago

Five designers will help Kessel Run teams "transform legacy applications into cloud-native applications."

NSF proposes $25M in grants to set up quantum foundries

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

The agency pledged $25 million to help fund foundries that will produce components essential to advancing the development of quantum technology.

FedRAMP’s Goodrich promoted, Ashley Mahan to lead program in his absence

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

The cloud authorization program shuffled its leadership structure Friday with a spate of internal promotions of longtime executives.

Housing and Urban Development gets a new CIO

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 month ago

David Chow has been chosen to fill the role. Chad Cowan had been acting CIO after the departure of Johnson Joy.

‘Test-and-learn opportunities’ will define GEAR Center, OMB leaders say

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

OMB knows it’s not easy to bring new ideas to the federal government, so that’s why it wants to set up its new research center outside of it.

CBP’s airport facial recognition technology catches its first ‘imposter’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 month ago

The traveler arrived at Washington's Dulles International Airport.

Artificial intelligence is the heart of CIO Dana Deasy’s plan to modernize the DOD

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

Dana Deasy said the Pentagon is embarking on the third wave of AI, when "computers will no longer be seen as tools but instead as a partner."

Your agency will get a lot out of applying for a TMF award, says TMF awardee

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 month ago

"I've threatened this before, but if other agencies aren't going to go after the rest of that money — I am," Department of Energy CIO Max Everett said.