GSA officials aim for flexible sweet spot in early e-commerce plan
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Leyden wants to make the trademark process a little bit easier.
Matt Lira stresses the need for long-term modernization strategies in government
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
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
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
The FITARA Scorecard, Hurd explained, needs to evolve.
After protest, TRANSCOM will move classified data to AWS cloud
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
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
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?
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
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
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
Needless to say, REAN Cloud LLC isn't very happy.
Gov Actually Episode 23: The President’s Management Agenda
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The office has released a report detailing its "tremendous S&T achievements" thus far.
Finally, a look inside DOD’s commercial cloud JEDI contract
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
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
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
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
In the CPO job, Simpson will focus on exploring new and emerging technologies.
A month later, agencies still lagging, vulnerable in move to DMARC
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
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
Adams has served in a variety of roles at the agency since 1997.
IG claims FEMA’s CIO misled it on IT management progress
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’?
"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
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
The Center for Open Data Enterprise has published a report on key takeaways from its recent Roundtable on Innovating with Federal Spending Data.
Login.gov wins a new client in USAJobs, the government’s central job board
It is the solution's fifth and biggest use case to date.
DHS developing Windows 10 policy, cyber sprint
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
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
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
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
Fighting wildfires is one big use case.
GAO positions AI, blockchain as society-altering tech
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
"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
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
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
The challenge aims to encourage "intrapreneurship."
Knight Point Systems scores $902M DOD communications contract
The Reston, Virginia-based contractor also won DISA's $298 million predecessor contract.
The VA wants to use machine learning to detect patient deterioration
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."