Will Hurd: MGT Act will show who best federal CIOs are

"Not all 24 CFO Act agencies are going to be in a position to take advantage of MGT, period. And that's problematic," Hurd said.

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GSA, experienced agencies can do more for EIS transition, GAO says

by Carten Cordell • 3 days ago

A new report says GSA and other agencies could be doing more to make the shift to the $50-billion telecommunications contract go smoothly.

Pentagon sets ‘aggressive’ path to cloud with new steering group

by Billy Mitchell • 3 days ago

Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan issued a recent memo directing the creation of the DOD Cloud Executive Steering Group.

IRS software isn’t compliant with the MEGABYTE Act, report says

by Carten Cordell • 3 days ago

A new report says the IRS still doesn’t have policies, guidance or tools to be in compliance with federal law on software license management.

SEC hit by database breach in 2016

by FedScoop Staff • 4 days ago

The compromised database is known as EDGAR.

For help creating fake veterans, VA turns to Challenge.gov

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 days ago

Software developers at the department need "synthetic" patient data to use when testing new software.

GAO: IT delays hurt agency’s ability to track grant money for volunteering and service projects

by Carten Cordell • 4 days ago

The Corporation for National and Community Service's eGrants system needs some help assessing the risk associated with grants, according to the congressional watchdog.

GSA tailors procurement vehicle to cover data breaches, identity protection

by Carten Cordell • 4 days ago

GSA officials said that they would rebrand SIN 520-20 to help agencies tailor Data Breach Response and Identity Protection Services.

VA CIO Rob Thomas retiring from government

by Billy Mitchell • 5 days ago

Scott Blackburn will take over as acting CIO effective this week.

CFTC chairman: Government must ditch ‘analog regulation,’ embrace blockchain

by Carten Cordell • 5 days ago

J. Christopher Giancarlo sees blockchain technology as the key to protecting the government's oversight of markets.

John Owens’ advice to other agency CIOs: learn to live within government constraints and embrace failure

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 5 days ago

"Any CIO who tells you that they don't have a failed project is probably not challenging themselves."

Air Force awards $1B CHES cloud contract

by Billy Mitchell • 5 days ago

According to Dell EMC, it's the largest federal cloud-based unified communications and collaboration contract.

A deeper dive into DHS’s Kaspersky ban

by FedScoop Staff • 6 days ago

The directive “does not address Kaspersky code embedded in the products of other companies."

Library of Congress doubles down on digital with the launch of ‘labs’ site

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 6 days ago

Labs is "a new online space that will host a changing selection of experiments."

MGT Act passes Senate as amendment to NDAA

by Billy Mitchell • 7 days ago

The Modernizing Government Technology Act passed the Senate Monday as an amendment to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

Mary Davie officially named deputy commissioner of FAS

by Billy Mitchell • 7 days ago

Commissioner Alan Thomas issues a spate of leadership changes within FAS.

Watchdog issues glowing assessment of NASA’s drone-related research

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 7 days ago

The agency is delivering great research, but needs to get better at keeping track of its own UAS.

64 percent of IRS IT hardware beyond its useful life, report says

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

The agency estimates the cost to replace its aged IT systems would run $430 million.

Q&A: DXC CTO Dan Hushon talks federal IT modernization

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

Five months since its creation of DXC, Chief Technology Officer Dan Hushon talks about the company’s early days and the future of federal IT.

OPEN Government Data Act sees a clear path through Congress as part of NDAA

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

The bill sets the "presumption" that government data should be presented as open and machine-readable data.

CIO Council to host massive federal IT hiring event

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

The government wants you (and you and probably you) for IT positions.

Executive branch reorganization pushes DHS to find IT efficiencies

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

At the top of the list: "SOCs and NOCs."

Tech groups highlight benefits of passing the MGT Act in letter to Senate

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

Updated IT will in turn yield improved cybersecurity capabilities, the letter argues.

U.S. Digital Service taps 8(a) to help agencies ‘fail fast’

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Leveraging SBA’s 8(a) program, USDS created an initiative for agencies to looking to learn skills like agile development or build a minimum viable product.

Buying smart as FY17 comes to a close

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

NASA SEWP makes purchasing fast and easy.

No more Kaspersky on government networks, says DHS

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

The Department of Homeland Security wants all Kaspersky products off of federal networks within the next 90 days.

4 IT modernization moves SBA is making right now

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

CIO Maria Roat likes moving fast, which is one reason why the SBA is currently moving through several IT efforts at a rapid clip.

Startups rave about DHS’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

"It was a very very streamlined process," one company executive reflected, while on a panel at Wednesday's AFCEA Homeland Security conference.

New to Challenge.gov: Bureau of Reclamation seeks help with Colorado River data flow

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The Interior Department agency has launched a $60,000 Challenge.gov competition to find "innovative" data visualization solutions.

Evolving Government: Why government needs open-source deep learning

by Chris Nicholson • 2 weeks ago

Skymind CEO Chris Nicholson explains why government stands to gain "significantly" from open source AI.

Gov Actually Episode 18: Meet the 2017 Sammies Finalists pt. 3

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

In this episode, the Gov Actually team speaks with Tom Davis, director of recapitalization in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

USDA has 22 CIOs, but Secretary Perdue wants to change that

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The department announced office "realignment" last week.

Former U.S. CIO Tony Scott takes on law firm advisory role

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

In the role, Scott will support the law firm's data privacy and cybersecurity practices.

New Eastern Foundry report tells why startups struggle with federal contracts

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

It also offers some suggestions on how the federal government can be a better partner to young, innovative companies.

Postal Service needs to capitalize on API user data, report says

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

A new report has found that while the agency offers several APIs for its customer base, it isn't analyzing user data from them.

HHS isn’t making much progress on a national network for public health data

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

There's a plan, but it's not sufficiently detailed, GAO says.

Evidence-based policy report calls for secure data service

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The report lays out recommendations for the establishment of a National Secure Data Service to oversee transparent and privacy-protected information.

DHS official: Cyber executive order will expose ‘gaps’ in FedRAMP staffing

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Barry West said the Trump administration's cybersecurity executive order could shine a light on the need for a beefed up FedRAMP PMO.

This interagency group wrote a guide to cloud adoption, and it’s just getting started

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

Chad Sheridan, CIO of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency, on what the Cloud Center of Excellence is up to next.

CISOs debate the need for shared services

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

For agencies looking to improve their cybersecurity posture through IT modernization, CISOs say shared services could be an efficient way to achieve both.

Adapt or die: The national security implications of a globalized tech market

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

The federal government needs to embrace global trends in the technology market or face irrelevance, officials and executives said.

Most agencies running behind on OMB’s Data Center Optimization Initiative

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

GAO recommends that Congress consider extending a fiscal year 2018 deadline.

White House pledges support to spending bill without Tech Modernization Fund

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

The legislation would get the president's signature even though it "does not include $228 million requested for the TMF to retire and replace antiquated legacy information technology (IT) systems."

IT modernization efforts increase cybersecurity challenges, survey says

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

A survey of 200 federal IT executives found that 59 percent of respondents felt IT modernization efforts have increased the cybersecurity challenges they face.

The Technology Transformation Service’s bug bounty is a civilian agency first

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

GSA is looking for outside hackers to test the Federalist web publishing service for any and all vulnerabilities.

Cerner taps former VA CIO, ONC head to advisory group

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Health care IT company Cerner has brought in some big guns to help advise on its work to build a new electronic health records system for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

New tools help agencies gain total visibility of data

by FedScoop Staff • 3 weeks ago

The right information governance practices, combined with new data management tools, help agencies maximize the value of data while minimizing risk and cost.

Gov Actually Episode 17: Meet the 2017 Sammies Finalists pt. 2

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

In this episode, the Gov Actually team speaks with Brenda Smith of CBP, who was nominated for the Sammies for her work on the Single Window system.

18F begins work on centralized FOIA website

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

18F is building a website that allows users to file a FOIA request for any agency in one place.

Trump administration taps new OPM, GSA nominees

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Nominees Jeff Tien Han Pon and Emily Webster Murphy both have extensive backgrounds serving at the agencies they've been tapped to lead.

Veterans Affairs IT team takes principled approach to driving customer service

by FedScoop Staff • 3 weeks ago

When it comes to customer service, every interaction matters for the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Information and Technology.

Report: IRS’s cyber response team lacks FISMA-required training

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

A recent audit has found that federal employees and contractors on the agency’s cyber incident response team hadn’t taken training required by law.

3 ways Congress can pass an IT modernization bill (and what’s most likely)

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

The congressional calendar might be the MGT Act's biggest adversary, but there are ways to get it done before the end of 2017.

VA needs to get more tech-savvy with its snail mail, GAO says

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 weeks ago

A fractured procurement system makes it all but impossible for the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide mandated accounts of how much mail it sends.

White House issues long-awaited IT modernization report

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

The report lays out "the current and envisioned state of Federal IT, and it provides specific recommendations to jumpstart a new wave of modernization efforts."

Budget uncertainty could fuel federal IT spending blitz

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

A confluence of federal budget hurdles for 2018 could fuel end-of-the-year IT spending to reach record highs.

Agencies slow to comply with MEGABYTE as deadline nears

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

Years of decentralized networks have left agencies scrambling to inventory their software licenses to stay in compliance with the 2016 law.

Watchdog: Transportation agency needs to define its role in connected vehicle data privacy

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 weeks ago

Connected vehicle data privacy regulation spans the FTC and NHTSA, making the landscape a little confusing for stakeholders.

Exit Interview: CIO Dave DeVries leaves post-breach OPM on solid footing

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

DeVries recalls his tenure at OPM a year after almost saying no to the job.

Tillerson: State cyber coordinator office to officially shutter

by FedScoop Staff • 4 weeks ago

The move comes one month after Chris Painter, America’s top cyber diplomat for six years, announced his departure in July.

Is that boat’s catch illegal? Challenge.gov asks competitors to figure it out using data

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 weeks ago

There's growing interest in how tech might help tame the wild seas.