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ONC seeks tools to better understand how and why EHR errors happen

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 hour ago

A new challenge seeks tools that will allow EHR users to flag concerns or issues within their existing workflow.

Agencies advance to next level of security risk assessment with CDM DEFEND

by FedScoop Staff • 20 hours ago

DHS’s Kevin Cox says that CDM DEFEND offers new flexibility for agencies moving on to Phase 3 of the CDM program.

These 3 categories tanked agencies on the latest FITARA scorecard

by Carten Cordell • 20 hours ago

The combination of the three categories took agencies from a potential spread of five As, 14 Bs and 5 Cs to only three Bs, 12 Cs, eight Ds and an F.

White House opposes NDAA’s call to close DISA, supports oversight of JEDI cloud

by Billy Mitchell • 22 hours ago

The White House urges against closing DISA, as the 2019 House NDAA proposes, but it supports the bill's push for increased oversight on DOD's JEDI cloud procurement.

New HHS team envisions a future for department’s data sharing

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 day ago

The group’s effort — called the Data Insights Institute internally — will eventually lead to rolling out a new data governance structure.

USDS debuts new acquisition training program for digital specialists

by Carten Cordell • 1 day ago

The U.S. Digital Service's new certification track is designed to exclusively train digital acquisition specialists in technology procurement methods.

NASA faces ‘significant’ IT management weaknesses, GAO says

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 day ago

While the agency is working to make improvements, it "consistently lacks the documented processes needed to ensure that policies and leading practices are fully addressed," the report states.

VA leveraging cyber innovation on multiple fronts, CISO says

by Carten Cordell • 2 days ago

VA CISO Dominic Cussatt said the agency is looking to tackle a range of new technology projects to continue to strengthen its cyber posture.

Manfra details how DHS will protect nation’s critical functions

by Carten Cordell • 2 days ago

The NPPD chief outlined how the department is working with the private sector to help safeguard the nation’s most essential functions from cyberattacks.

Bruce Greenstein departs HHS CTO role

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 days ago

After a year in the role, Greenstein is headed back to the private sector. He'll join LHC Group in June.

Agencies slide in new FITARA scorecard

by Carten Cordell • 3 days ago

The new FITARA scorecard shows that most federal agencies backslid in their implementation of the IT acquisition law, even ones that shined previously.

In the face of mounting debt, it’s time to make data center consolidation a priority

by Gregory J. Touhill • 3 days ago

Instead of investing in data center consolidation, agencies continue to spend billions of dollars managing and operating rapidly aging infrastructure. Here’s what Greg Touhill says they need to do moving forward.

GSA plots course for $2.5B modernized federal payroll system

by Carten Cordell • 3 days ago

The agency is soliciting information for commercial SaaS payroll solutions to use in its potential $2.5 billion initiative called NewPay.

Pentagon considers continuous bug bounties that could test sensitive, private systems

by Billy Mitchell • 3 days ago

"Assets could include closed networks, software-embedded devices, proprietary source code, or other private or internal systems not generally accessible via the public Internet," a new RFI says.

DHS’s West to retire at the end of May

by Carten Cordell • 3 days ago

DHS officials confirmed that Barry West, deputy CIO and senior accountable official for risk management, will retire from the department on May 31.

What will it take to get quantum computers? Hardware is just the beginning, experts tell Congress

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

Talent and international cooperation are part of the equation, academics tell the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

How the SBA digital service team rebuilt sba.gov

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 6 days ago

What it takes to upgrade a website from "the Wild West," to a "working, modern website."

New DOD CIO Dana Deasy: ‘Cloud is a brilliant opportunity to re-engineer’

by Billy Mitchell • 6 days ago

Deasy called cloud "the most phenomenal opportunity I think we've ever experienced as technical folks to be able to look at your legacy estate and say this is a brilliant opportunity to re-engineer."

VA officially signs contract for new electronic health record system

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 7 days ago

The deal with Cerner is worth up to $10 billion over 10 years. The goal is "to do right by both Veterans and taxpayers," acting Secretary Robert Wilkie said.

PMA’s plans to modernize IT, workforce rebuffed by House Democrats

by Carten Cordell • 7 days ago

The White House’s plan to transform the government’s IT infrastructure, workforce and data management is facing a familiar foe: entrenched partisanship.

ODNI’s Sue Gordon: We must all be technologists

by Carten Cordell • 7 days ago

In an age of complex and dynamic problems for the intelligence community, "those who cannot lead in technology will not be great leaders,” the deputy director says.

Got a constituent question? This congressman wants a text

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

Rep. Rick Crawford's office is testing a new prototype tool developed by the OpenGov Foundation.

Microsoft nabs part of the intelligence community cloud market in new deal

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

The deal is a big win for Microsoft as it gives it a chance to compete in the intelligence community cloud market.

Murphy plans to reconstruct GSA schedules as part of governmentwide reform

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

To facilitate her agency's role in shared services, the GSA administrator is looking to reshape the procurement schedules that agencies will buy from.

What will the CIO executive order do that FITARA hasn’t?

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

The White House hopes its newest executive order can get CIOs a bigger seat in agency leadership by giving them backing from the president.

Trump signs executive order to elevate the role of agency CIOs

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

The order requires that CIOs report directly to the agency head.

Automating performance management processes to boost workforce productivity

by FedScoop Staff • 1 week ago

Automating performance management processes can help agencies develop more effective employee performance plans and human capital strategies.

Air Force looks to rapidly develop software with Project Kessel Run

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 week ago

For the new team within the Air Force, launching a new software product takes just a handful of months, not years.

Federal Bureau of Prisons seeks to further update its inmate management system

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

The agency put out an RFI seeking tools for a code conversion project.

Pentagon to Congress: Multiple awards for JEDI cloud would be too slow, costly

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

A multiple award contract, the department believes, “could prevent DoD from rapidly delivering new capabilities and improved effectiveness to the warfighter that enterprise-level cloud computing can enable.”

FEMA CIO Adrian Gardner reassigned to new role

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

He'll be the new executive director of recovery communications technology in the Caribbean Area Division.

Leveraging innovations that transform data

by FedScoop Staff • 1 week ago

Pure Storage’s John Karagozian explains how innovations in flash technologies are making it easier for federal agencies to transition to next generation tools for managing data storage.

Census Bureau, contractor race to update identity management system for 2020

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

With 2020 census deadlines looming, the Census Bureau will continue work with a single contractor to implement $9.5 million in upgrades to secure taxpayer information.

Google employees resign in protest against Air Force’s Project Maven

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

It's the latest step in Silicon Valley's growing concern with being involved in the business of war.

GSA weighing ‘multiple initiatives’ for next CoE projects in 2019

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Agency officials are already looking toward for next Centers of Excellence projects, TTS acting director Joanne Collins-Smee said Friday.

Government services must go digital, lawmakers urge in new bill

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act would give agencies two years to ensure that there is a digital option for every in-person government service.

New VA rule allows for telehealth care across state lines

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The rule overrides a patchwork of state-specific telehealth rules with a single dictate: doctors anywhere can treat patients anywhere.

Marine Corps accelerator program is all about ’empowering’ Marines with new skills

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

Participants in the Marine Corps Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Enterprise Accelerator learn to guide a software project from problem to solution implementation in 12 weeks.

SOC-as-a-Service may be the first of multiple CDM shared services

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

CDM officials are looking at other possible cybersecurity offerings the program could develop as a shared service provider.

VA wants a web experience on par with USAA, Bank of America

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

VA CTO Charles Worthington's vision is "making interacting with the VA online as good as the customer would get when they interact with a private sector company like a bank or insurance company or shopping."

White House announces creation of Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The committee, made up of federal research and development leaders, will serve to "improve the coordination of Federal efforts related to AI to ensure continued U.S. leadership in this field."

OMB wants to support ‘first movers’ to emerging technologies

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

OMB is working with FEMA as one of those first movers to improve its ability to crowdsource real-time information during emergencies.

A future of flying Ubers? That’s being built with a little help from the government

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The UberAir initiative is being supported in various ways by both NASA and the U.S. Army.

OPM’s Pon wants broad direct-hire authority for STEM, cybersecurity jobs

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The OPM director said he hoped to infuse agencies with more flexibility to attain top technology talent.

DHS’s Silicon Valley innovation arm brings in another drone company

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

Intelleuron will work to develop capabilities that will allow CBP officers to use drones to automatically identify potential threats, like armed smugglers.

DHS piloting blockchain standards for supply chain security

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Officials said blockchain holds promise for supply chain security, but needs interoperability standards to be effectively utilized.

AI at the White House: Companies, academics to discuss what’s next

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The summit led by the Office of Science and Technology Policy will consider "policies to fully realize the promise of AI for the American people."

Pentagon development of AI, quantum tech urged in defense bill

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The committee is calling on the DOD to take a deeper look at how it can leverage emerging technologies in next year’s authorization bill.

The VA needs to define its tech transfer process more clearly, GAO says

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

An opaque invention reporting process may be resulting in "lost technology transfer opportunities and royalties for VA," a new report found.

House threatens DOD funding for JEDI commercial cloud in 2019 NDAA draft

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

If the Pentagon wants to fund its $10 billion commercial cloud acquisition, it has some questions to answer about the contract's single award.

Data scientists, HHS cyber team and drone experts among ‘Sammies’ finalists

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The nominees included federal employees that used data innovation to track Zika, developed air traffic control systems for drones and mitigated the impact of WannaCry.

Quantum-level research to get $30M boost from Department of Energy

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Secretary Rick Perry pledged new quantum information science (QIS) grants for the five Nanoscale Science Research Centers based at national laboratories around the country.

At State Department, IT modernization puts spotlight on data as ‘strategic asset’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

Information is the "currency" of the Department, Ken Rogers, acting deputy CIO for business management and planning, said at an event on Thursday.

Education Department says it’s ahead of the curve on using TBM

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The department's CIO said it is already using the White House-approved accounting framework to get better insight into its technology terrain.

‘Destinations Digital’ will fund DOT’s IT modernization in-house

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

“I don’t want any money. I don’t need any money,” said Department of Transportation CIO Vicki Hildebrand. “We have a lot of spend out there. We need to spend more wisely.”

NIST challenge targets better de-identification techniques for public data

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

The agency is worried about "linkage attacks," where hackers collate a bunch of datasets to glean personally identifiable information from otherwise anonymized data.

CIOs need to be let off the chain for IT modernization, Suzette Kent says

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The Federal CIO says the freedom should extend to "technology direction, authority to hire skills that are needed, authority to manage the budget and the opportunity to sit at the table with agency and government leadership."

TSA turns to Silicon Valley Innovation Program for new ideas on bag screening

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 weeks ago

The goal is to find techniques to automatically classify the contents of a passenger’s bag in such a way “that can support future algorithm development for explosives and/or prohibited item threats.”

SBA Small Business Week hackathon created ‘real substance’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

The agency is "very interested" in building off this momentum going forward. Administrator Linda McMahon even showed up to give out the prizes.

ODNI and GSA want to help smaller agencies manage supply chain risk

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The intelligence office wants agencies be more vigilant when it comes to cybersecurity vulnerabilities within their IT supply chains. Information about suppliers is key.