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Library of Congress to launch crowdsourcing program

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 days ago

The library wants to "improve discovery and access across our diverse collections through transcription and tagging" by members of the public.

The National Cybersecurity Strategy sounds familiar because it is, U.S. CISO says

by Billy Mitchell • 3 days ago

"At the end of the day, it’s about doing a lot of patching, a lot of basic grunt work, and doing it well day in and day out,” Federal CISO Grant Schneider said.

Agency leaders aim to mix mission with perks to attract cyber workforce

by Carten Cordell • 3 days ago

Federal agencies are trying to get creative with the incentives they offer in-demand hires.

Suzette Kent on how IT modernization is really a cybersecurity play

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 days ago

Modern systems enable better security, the federal CIO argued during a keynote at CyberTalks.

CIOs starting to lay tech groundwork as TMF money hits agencies

by Carten Cordell • 5 days ago

Leaders update on TMF progress as money starts to hit their agencies.

GSA tests a more transparent approach to eBuy

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 5 days ago

The yearlong pilot will see select contracting offices uploading post-award eBuy request for quote (RFQ) information to the open FedBizOpps platform for public review.

‘Maximum mobility’ within federal workforce is goal of proposed NSF app

by Carten Cordell • 5 days ago

Agency leaders want to develop software that will help teach federal employees about emerging technologies and match them to future jobs.

GSA’s Murphy doubles down on reform efficiencies to drive transformation

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

Emily Murphy’s plan for GSA is simple in its definition: streamlined processes leveraged by technology to uncover new efficiencies and resources.

FBI narrows pool for $5B ITSSS contract recompete

by Samantha Ehlinger • 6 days ago

The bureau is nixing its original plan to hold a full and open competition.

What the government innovation community needs, according to its members

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 6 days ago

A better way to talk about what it is they do, for one.

Weichert says federal employees, data will fuel transformation

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

Weichert said efforts to help retain and reskill the federal workforce as a key component of its drive to modernize the government’s IT infrastructure.

Can collaboration tools like Slack, HipChat and G Suite help fix government? USDS is betting on it

by Billy Mitchell • 7 days ago

FedScoop sat down at the USDS headquarters with a group of members embedded at various agencies who described how they use collaborative tools and why they believe they're so important in modernizing government operations.

DOD CIO Deasy calls for government to better recruit senior tech talent

by Carten Cordell • 7 days ago

The DOD CIO said the government should to reach out to mid- and late-career executives to entice them to the high-valued mission of federal work.

The AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate loves a good startup accelerator

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 7 days ago

The government wants to be "right in there" during early customer discovery.

‘Don’t bid on JEDI,’ employees tell Microsoft

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

"Microsoft, don’t bid on JEDI," company employees wrote in a blog post on the site Medium.

HHS acquisition expert to blockchain doubters: ‘You are very close to being irrelevant’  

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

Jose Arrieta minced no words about the ReImagine HHS initiative, saying it is the wave of a not-too-distant future.

How the TMF program management office guides agencies through the proposal process

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

All an agency needs is a little time on its calendar to start learning about the IT modernization project funding possibilities powered by the Technology Modernization Fund.

Air Force expands technology accelerator partnership with Techstars

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

In this second iteration, sponsored by BAE Systems, the tech bootcamp program will be accepting companies with "commercially viable" anti-drone technologies like sensors and computer vision to "identify" and "mitigate" unmanned systems.

Federal workforce reforms not altered by OPM leadership shakeup, acting Director Weichert says

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

Though the Office of Personnel Management was recently roiled by leadership changes, its acting director insists the agency’s initiatives remain on course.

Weichert unveils federal IT, cyber direct hire authority days into OPM tenure

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The new acting director unveiled the agency’s plans to offer direct hire authority for IT, cybersecurity and STEM jobs within the federal government during a Thursday media roundtable.

The Defense Innovation Board wants to help the military recognize ‘agile BS’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

A new guide aims to help leadership distinguish between substance and hype.

VA, DOD leaders commit to ‘seamlessly integrated electronic health record’

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

A new joint letter reinforces "both departments’ commitment to ensuring the successful transition from a legacy patient-data system to a modernized one that will continue to support active-duty service members, Veterans and their families."

Army officials are on the hunt for more cyber talent

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

"At the end of the day, it’s people that are going to make us successful," Brig. Gen. Richard Angle says. One avenue is direct hire authority.

Army Futures Command is key to retooling military, Shanahan says

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The Pentagon's No. 2 called on the defense community to support the brand-new command as it works to modernize the military's approach to great-power competition.

Margaret Weichert on acting OPM role: ‘I’ve been very graciously welcomed’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

Weichert outlined her priorities during a keynote appearance at the Data Foundation's Data Transparency summit on Wednesday.

Google drops out of $10B JEDI competition

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The tech giant removed itself from competition for the DoD’s hotly contested cloud contract, citing ethical concerns about the use of artificial intelligence.

Microsoft Azure to offer Secret-level enabled cloud services in 2019

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Microsoft’s cloud computing platform will expand its government services in early 2019, including providing Secret region capabilities for the DOD.

Acting director Angela Colter on 18F’s evolution from building tools to building capacity

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The GSA-based organization is placing increasing emphasis on building with — and not just for — agency clients.

Rise of AI and ML spurs DHS to create ‘community of interest’ for staff

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The group's inaugural meeting hosted "hundreds" of interested employees, says Patrick Carrick, chief scientist at the DHS Science and Technology Directorate.

DHS invests $3.5 million in biothreat technology program at Texas A&M

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

The university, through its educational outreach agency, AgriLife, was chosen to head a Center of Excellence to conduct work on solutions that reduce the risk of exposing U.S. citizens, agriculture and economy to biological threats.

Rollout of two-factor authentication begins for .gov registrars

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The GSA is requiring users of .gov sites to download and use Google Authenticator as part of their login process.

OPM’s employee engagement project likely to stay in effect, despite Pon’s departure

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

As one of his last actions as OPM director, Jeff Pon directed federal leaders to begin developing strategies to improve their workforce engagement.

Data Coalition looks internally for interim executive director

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

Chief of Staff Sarah Joy Hays will fill the role on an acting basis.

Pon out at OPM, Weichert designated to serve as director

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The Trump administration designated Margret Weichert late Friday to take the helm of OPM following the surprise departure of current director Jeff Pon.

DHS CIO Zangardi wants cyber, IT hiring to be more limber

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The federal hiring process desperately has to become more flexible to be competitive with the private sector, John Zangardi says.

GSA taps two vendors for SBIR Phase III pilot contracts

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Agency officials offered details on the $152.2 million in contracts they recently awarded as part of a new research & development pilot program.

Library of Congress’ new Digital Strategy makes broad commitments to emerging tech

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

The strategy specifically calls out computer vision, natural language processing and and machine learning as potential future investments.

Cloud Smart gets positive feedback from agency IT leaders

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

Agency IT leaders said Wednesday Cloud Smart really emphasizes the realization that agencies should be more strategic in moving to the cloud, not just acquiring it because it's a buzzy technology.

Hack the Marine Corps awards more than $151K in bug bounties

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Ethical hackers uncovered more than 150 vulnerabilities, netting more than $151,000 in awards during the two-week cyber challenge.

IC CIO Sherman sets focus on ‘explosion’ of publicly available intelligence data

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

The current boom in unclassified data "can greatly enhance our intelligence, law enforcement and other national security missions," Intelligence Community CIO John Sherman said.

Matt Lira says the Centers of Excellence initiative is ‘crushing it’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

Could this be the "enterprise-level, agency-wide transformation" tool the government needs? Lira thinks so.

Suzette Kent outlines coming policy focus for the Office of the Federal CIO

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

"We have an unprecedented opportunity."

FEMA will test its National Wireless Emergency Alert system on Wednesday. Here’s what that means

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

It's not actually coming from President Trump.

Confident TMF will be funded in 2019, Will Hurd is focusing now on agency working capital funds

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

Hurd is most concerned with getting CFO Act agencies to stand up IT modernization working capital funds and depositing money into them in fiscal 2019.

VA Digital Service leader Marcy Jacobs on building a more customer-focused VA

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

"It has to be that everyone here [at the Department of Veterans Affairs] has that customer experience mindset."

Feds focused on digital service, drones and data win at 2018 Sammies

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The “Sammies” — dubbed “the Oscars of government service” — recognize federal employees who have crafted impactful and innovative solutions to advance the mission of government.

DHS overhauls its Science & Technology Directorate

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The Department of Homeland Security is redesigning the technology accelerator it uses to fund and help commercialize new solutions.

New GSA contract will offer automation services for contact centers

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The new SIN will offer a range of automated and bot-technology solutions through a list of more than 4,400 vendors.

GSA announces Phase II contract winners for USDA’s Centers of Excellence

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

The awards fall into the same five focus areas, plus a contract for support services for the overall Business Modernization Office.

Future Congress will ‘facilitate better coordination’ between advocates for tech expertise on the Hill

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

The new "resource hub" builds on longstanding efforts by many of its founding members.

Social Security’s legacy software will be ‘substantially gone’ by 2022, CIO says

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

CIO Rajive Mathur said SSA will make significant progress in modernizing its IT systems as part of its five-year plan, but some legacy systems may remain.

Will the White House’s GEAR Center open doors for new innovators?

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

White House officials are betting big that the GEAR Center will provide a fresh avenue for small, innovative companies stymied by the acquisition process.

NGA embraces the promise of AI, but not without the humans to match

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

A tsunami of data is driving the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's embrace not only of AI, but also its pursuit of more data scientists.

Look to USDS for lessons on how to hire technology experts, new report says

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

A new report details seven strategies that, the authors say, can serve to "enhance the technical expertise in government."

GSA awards $2.5B payroll shared services contract

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

“Today’s announcement of the NewPay awardees is an important step in our Shared Services journey as part of the President’s Management Agenda,” Federal CIO Suzette Kent said.

New White House Select Committee on AI looks to update the national AI strategic plan

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 weeks ago

The committee has published an RFI seeking public comment.

The message for national labs: Advances in quantum computing are about people, too

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

It's not enough to help develop quantum computers, experts told a Senate panel. National labs also need to train the incipient workforce that will support them.

Senators introduce the ‘Artificial Intelligence in Government Act’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 weeks ago

The bill would "improve the use of AI across the federal government by providing resources."

Will Hurd wants to codify, elevate the role of the federal CIO

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

The Federal CIO Authorization Act of 2018 would formally reauthorize and rename the Office of Management and Budget's Office of E-Government as the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer.

DOD selects team with U.K. to tackle AI research

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 weeks ago

The DOD announced Tuesday the selection of a bilateral team of researchers from the United States and the United Kingdom for the Bilateral Academic Research Initiative.

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