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The agency's top information security official had a relatively short tenure — he joined in January 2017.

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GSA officials aim for flexible sweet spot in early e-commerce plan

by Carten Cordell • 2 days ago

GSA officials detailed prospective legislative changes needed to establish e-commerce portals in a conference call on Friday.

NSF and congressional leaders fret declining R&D budget with China on the rise

by Carten Cordell • 3 days ago

Congressional leaders lamented that while the NSF’s budget remains at 2017 levels, the Chinese are committing more R&D resources to emerging technologies.

Shulkin confident VA will avoid early EHR pitfalls by learning from DOD’s mistakes

by Billy Mitchell • 3 days ago

Shulkin said a finalized contract with Cerner could be coming soon, but first the department is addressing interoperability concerns.

Lawmakers might penalize agencies with CIOs who don’t report directly to the top

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 days ago

Rep. Will Hurd is looking for ways to penalize agencies that don't have the CIO reporting to the secretary or deputy secretary level.

GSA awards 5 contracts for USDA’s modernization Centers of Excellence

by Carten Cordell • 4 days ago

The contracts will address initial work on each of the five tentpoles the Trump administration has designated within the USDA.

Want to sell mobile tech to the DHS? Bring your CIO

by Carten Cordell • 4 days ago

DHS Deputy CIO Steve Rice wants more than new products from government IT contractors.

Podcast: Why meeting new federal mandates for digital accessibility makes good business sense

by FedScoop Staff • 4 days ago

New national mandates require software and technology makers to meet expanded digital accessibility standards. Deque Systems CEO Preety Kumar highlights why that’s good for business, and how agencies and technology providers can meet the new standards cost effectively.

How USPTO’s Jill Leyden helps the trademarking process walk the line between legal and personable

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 days ago

Leyden wants to make the trademark process a little bit easier.

Matt Lira stresses the need for long-term modernization strategies in government

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 days ago

The Office of American Innovation wants to build this kind of capacity, the special assistant to the President said on Wednesday.

DHS is using facial recognition technology to help rescue victims of child exploitation

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 5 days ago

The technology will help investigators deal with the huge amount of data found on the internet and the dark web.

CSRA gets $139M engineering contract for HHS’s NextGen IT

by Carten Cordell • 5 days ago

Two months after it scored a contract to update HHS's IT operations, CSRA will now provide engineering services to manage its NextGen IT infrastructure.

Hurd: FITARA Scorecard, MGT Act up for discussion at IT Subcommittee hearing

by Billy Mitchell • 5 days ago

The FITARA Scorecard, Hurd explained, needs to evolve.

After protest, TRANSCOM will move classified data to AWS cloud

by Billy Mitchell • 5 days ago

The contract stands to serve as a major foot in the door for AWS to prove its ability to host DOD's secret-level systems.

Three strategies for streamlining the path toward data center consolidation

by David Mihelcic • 5 days ago

Juniper's David Mihelcic gives three strategies that federal IT professionals may want to consider when consolidating data centers.

DHS wants enterprisewide financial software solution

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

The agency is looking for software that can integrate with existing asset management systems across the department’s 22 component agencies.

Could Chris Liddell be leaving the Office of American Innovation too?

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 6 days ago

If Liddell becomes Trump's next economic adviser, what would that mean for Jared Kushner's IT modernization-focused office?

Code for America’s Pahlka debunks govtech myths, takes on Oracle at SXSW

by Samantha Ehlinger • 6 days ago

Government “absolutely” will still work with vendors, she said. “They just need a different set of rules."

Senate panel digs into security clearance backlog, again finding little progress

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 1 week ago

Panelists pointed to continuous evaluation as a key opportunity to get security clearance applicants on the job faster.

REAN Cloud claims it got no explanation for DOD cloud contract scaleback

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

Needless to say, REAN Cloud LLC isn't very happy.

Gov Actually Episode 23: The President’s Management Agenda

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

It's March, but it feels like Christmas. That must mean the President's Management Agenda is coming soon.

Canadian Digital Service scoops up Aaron Snow, more American civic tech talent

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

The Canadian Digital Service's latest get: 18F cofounder Aaron Snow.

Retrained agency employees can be a key source of cybersecurity talent, NSC official says

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

Agencies will have to start looking for their "own sort of magical unicorns" inside their organizations, says Tyson Meadors, the National Security Council’s director of cybersecurity policy.

DOD defends its decision to move to commercial cloud with a single award

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

The Pentagon's stance is that multiple awards would make the JEDI project too complex and too risky.

The FCC’s CIO would get more power under this House-passed bill

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

The Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services, or RAY BAUM’S Act, passed the House on Tuesday.

Getting AI to enhance government work will take serious R&D funding, officials tell Congress

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 1 week ago

As a House subcommittee continues examining the government's relationship to artificial intelligence, members hear a simple message: Agencies can't make the most of it without the right amount of funding.

SEC looking for chief risk officer to help with cyber

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

In the wake of the 2016 hack of one of its key databases, the SEC is looking to adopt a chief risk officer to oversee the data it collects and protect it.

Here’s everything Trump’s OSTP did in year one

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The office has released a report detailing its "tremendous S&T achievements" thus far.

Finally, a look inside DOD’s commercial cloud JEDI contract

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

At an industry day, Pentagon officials detailed their vision for the JEDI contract. "We want to bring this to the warfighter," one official said.

New from the Digital Service team at CMS: Blue Button 2.0 is a Medicare claims data API

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

It's an update to the original Blue Button built by CMS and the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2010.

Pentagon scales back massive cloud contract by more than 90 percent

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The department plans to narrow the scope of the five-year contract, originally worth $950 million, to just $65 million — a drawback of more than 90 percent.

DISA grants milCloud 2.0 provisional authority to host highly sensitive data

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Department of Defense components will now be able to use the agency’s newest cloud computing infrastructure on a provisional basis.

FDA CIO heads to HHS headquarters for a new role as chief product officer

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

In the CPO job, Simpson will focus on exploring new and emerging technologies.

A month later, agencies still lagging, vulnerable in move to DMARC

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

More than a third of federal agencies still have not adopted Department of Homeland Security-mandated security measures that stop attackers from spoofing email.

FedRAMP looking at third-party access in upcoming authorization boundary guidance

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

FedRAMP previewed upcoming guidance it will issue on the external services cloud service providers should document for continuous monitoring compliance.

FBI finds new tech head in John Adams

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

Adams has served in a variety of roles at the agency since 1997.

IG claims FEMA’s CIO misled it on IT management progress

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The IG said it would launch a comprehensive audit of the agency’s IT management, claiming FEMA's CIO misled them on the progress of open recommendations.

For finalists, the Air Force Spark Tank competition is just the beginning

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

Organizers plan to showcase each of the six finalists at the Air Force Association conference in D.C. in September as a way to show how far they have or, in some cases, haven't come.

Nakasone: U.S. adversaries have no fear of reprisal for cyberattacks

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

Paul Nakasone told senators at a congressional hearing Thursday that he doesn’t believe U.S. adversaries in cyberspace fear any repercussions for conducting hacking campaigns and cyber-espionage.

CBP is looking for cloud migration with new RFI

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is seeking details on how to migrate all of its applications to the cloud ahead of a September 2019 deadline.

Cyber Command planning an analytics program called RAINFIRE

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The U.S. Cyber Command is seeking insights on joint analytics support capabilities it’s looking to obtain, including development and optimization.

Here’s who’s on the Technology Modernization Fund Board

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The freshly appointed seven-member board will be tasked with reviewing IT modernization projects that apply for funding from the central Technology Modernization Fund.

DOD’s move to commercial cloud requires ‘revamp’ of risk management framework

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

In the current framework, there are more than 600 security controls, burdening the process of bringing an application online.

ONC’s Rucker says it’s time for a regulatory overhaul of health IT

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The ONC chief said that regulatory accumulation in the health care sector is impacting how it embraces technology, and it’s time for reform.

OIG pans OPM’s most recent IT modernization plan

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The OPM inspector general's new report that the agency’s plan to update its IT infrastructure does not include key budget and security information.

If open data sets aren’t being deleted, is government data still ‘endangered’?

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

"The good news is that it's not as bad as we feared," one panelist said at the Center for Data Innovation event.

OMB releases initial agency guidance for MGT Act implementation

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

The memo sets out who will staff the board overseeing the centralized Technology Modernization Fund, and more.

Treasury launches a new era for federal spending data

by Joel Gurin and Katarina Rebello • 3 weeks ago

The Center for Open Data Enterprise has published a report on key takeaways from its recent Roundtable on Innovating with Federal Spending Data. wins a new client in USAJobs, the government’s central job board

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

It is the solution's fifth and biggest use case to date.

DHS developing Windows 10 policy, cyber sprint

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

Part of a new cyber sprint, DHS is developing a policy to move its offices and agencies to the Microsoft Windows 10 operating environment.

DISA touts SIPRNet move to virtual network

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Agency officials said converting the classified information network to a software-based virtual web will increase capacity while reducing its size.

DIUx releases a giant overhead imagery data set for computer vision challenge

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

The group hopes the data will help researchers build better object detection algorithms, which in turn will aid disaster recovery and response.

GSA inks governmentwide software deal with ServiceNow, Carahsoft

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The agency's new governmentwide software agreement provides discounted solutions for bulk buying on its IT schedule.

The Department of the Interior is really excited about drones

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

Fighting wildfires is one big use case.

GAO positions AI, blockchain as society-altering tech

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The office’s five-year strategic plan calls for more federal research spending to drive the potential of five emerging technologies.

House committee chides Census Bureau for failure to deliver information about IT systems

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

"The Bureau’s failure to respond to the Committee’s request is unacceptable," the letter to acting Director Ron Jarmin reads. "Provide the requested documents and information immediately."

Two senators say CBP can’t detect if passport chips are tampered with

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 3 weeks ago

Sens. Ron Wyden and Claire McCaskill say there are weaknesses in CBP's ability to authenticate the electronic RFID chips in U.S. passports.

GSA’s IT modernization efforts will take a village, Zielinski says

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Officials said building the government's future IT infrastructure will depend heavily on the collaboration of the Federal Acquisition Service's components.

Air Force awards first ‘Spark Tank’ to mid-flight refueling innovation

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

The challenge aims to encourage "intrapreneurship."

Knight Point Systems scores $902M DOD communications contract

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

The Reston, Virginia-based contractor also won DISA's $298 million predecessor contract.

The VA wants to use machine learning to detect patient deterioration

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 3 weeks ago

DeepMind and the VA plan use AI to analyze about 700,000 anonymized health records and develop machine learning algorithms that "will accurately identify risk factors for patient deterioration and predict its onset."