Why the MGT Act won’t mean instant change in federal IT

There's a new mechanism for investment in IT. But it's already apparent to many that the government must lay more groundwork to incorporate new tools like AI and blockchain.

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Donna Dodson says changing infrastructure is among the biggest challenges in cybersecurity

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 11 hours ago

Dodson also discusses the importance of having a diverse team in this new FedScoop Q&A.

In HHS Innovation Day speech, Kratsios offers a little insight into Trump’s OSTP

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 day ago

The office is focused on getting regulatory "roadblocks" to innovation out of the way, he said.

White House releases final draft of IT modernization report

by Carten Cordell • 1 day ago

The final IT Modernization Report incorporates more than 100 comments from industry on how to upgrade the federal government's aging technology.

Gov Actually Episode 21: Inside the CFPB Leadership Standoff

by Billy Mitchell • 1 day ago

Who is the lawful leader of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

Rob Cook to leave GSA after TTS leadership shakeup

by Billy Mitchell • 1 day ago

Cook won't take the role offered to him after he was told Monday he'd be replaced.

Shifts continue as Brigati named GSA’s acting deputy administrator

by Carten Cordell • 2 days ago

The move comes a day after the agency said that it was moving Technology Transformation Service Director Rob Cook and his assistant, Crystal Philcox, and the same day GSA Administrator Emily Murphy was sworn in.

Private investigator pleads guilty to trying to use FAFSA e-vulnerability to get Trump’s tax details

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 days ago

The IRS and Department of Education disclosed the vulnerability, and launched an investigation into possible exploits, in March.

Trump signs Modernizing Government Technology Act into law

by Carten Cordell • 2 days ago

The move fulfills a more than a year-long effort to allow federal agencies to reprogram unused budget allocation to fund future IT modernization projects.

White House convenes public, private sectors around digital health record interoperability

by Billy Mitchell • 2 days ago

Jared Kushner will kick it off with Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Rob Cook, Crystal Philcox removed from TTS leadership roles in GSA shakeup

by Billy Mitchell • 3 days ago

Little more than a year since he was brought on to lead TTS, Cook has been replaced.

AbilityOne Commission needs stronger cyber controls, IG says

by Carten Cordell • 3 days ago

An IG report found the AbilityOne Commission’s cyber posture fell short of FISMA reporting compliance.

After harsh report, citizenship office says it’s taking ELIS challenges very seriously

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 days ago

USCIS says it has been working hard to fix the problems identified by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General.

How VA spent $1.1B in 6 years on EHRs it’s now trying to replace

by Billy Mitchell • 3 days ago

VA paid more than two-thirds of it — $741 million — to just 15 contractors.

Dcode takes fintech and blockchain from hype to reality

by FedScoop Staff • 3 days ago

Can FinTech and blockchain solutions help agencies improve government’s ability to provide services to citizens, regulate more effectively, and manage its own internal operations — or is it mostly hype?

Get ready for new 508 accessibility requirements in 2018

by Jason Shueh • 3 days ago

The specifications, which take effect in January, establish new guidelines to help seeing- and hearing-impaired residents access information on government websites, apps and from other digital media.

Agencies have until April 2018 to assign critical cyber job codes

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

The Office of Personnel Management issued a memo on Dec. 6 outlining the next steps for agencies to identify critical technology skills gaps.

Essye Miller named acting CIO at the Department of Defense

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 6 days ago

Miller will maintain some of her information security responsibilities as well, the DoD said.

GSA list names 80 companies leading Alliant 2 SB consideration

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

The agency issued a list of 80 small business contractors that are considered to be frontrunners for the $15 billion Alliant 2 SB contract.

Acquisition lead looks to save Pentagon tech from the ‘valley of death’

by Billy Mitchell • 6 days ago

Ellen Lord's focus is set on bridging the gap between engineers in labs and warfighters on the battlefield as Pentagon's acquisition office splits in two.

Former VA CIO to lead Grant Thornton’s innovation unit

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

Grant Thornton has tapped LaVerne Council to be its national managing principal for Enterprise Digital Strategy and Innovation.

Code-a-thon for opioid crisis delivers digital tools — and a hint of HHS culture change

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 6 days ago

The idea got "funny looks" to begin with, leadership said, but the reality of the event was inspiring.

VA, White House explore medical record interoperability with private hospitals

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

VA is working with the White House's Office of American Innovation to brainstorm how it can become interoperable with private facilities.

FedRAMP focuses on continuous monitoring redesign

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

If 2017 was the year FedRAMP streamlined its authorization process, then 2018 will see it change the way it approaches its continuous monitoring.

USCIS continues to struggle with its Electronic Immigration System

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

The agency's attempt to automate the N-400, the key application for naturalization form, "has not been successful."

HHS code-a-thon on opioid crisis puts an emphasis on the human dimension

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

Despite the potential power in the numbers, officials reminded the crowd that this is a crisis affecting people.

CDW-G, AT&T resolve protest, will share $238M Census mobile device contract

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

The resolved protest clears the way for the bureau to test and deploy mobility technology to census enumerators in 2019.

Kirstjen Nielsen sworn in as DHS secretary

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

She received Senate confirmation Tuesday by a vote of 62-37.

Emily Murphy gets Senate approval to lead GSA

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

Murphy received Senate approval Tuesday by voice vote.

Getting data scientists into the good stuff is goal of new GSA platform

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

The Data Science Virtual Desktop will allow access to datasets, and it will be hosted on a site where agencies can also share their data.

NOAA scouting small businesses for help securing data from satellites

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

NOAA is looking for small businesses that might be able to help with the IT security of its ground-based data centers and systems, and the data flow of everything between them and its satellites.

Former USPTO CIO Owens lands at CGI

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

Owens will take over as vice president of the solutions development group within CGI Federal's emerging technology practice.

This small accelerator program is funneling tech from federal labs into new startups

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

Fed Tech is a platform and a program that connects would-be entrepreneurs to technologies developed in federal labs.

OPM CISO Cord Chase: ‘Cyber is just a support role’ to IT modernization

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

In this latest FedScoop Q&A, Chase talks about fostering collaboration across the executive branch to safeguard information at OPM.

DHS advocates ‘innovative’ public-private partnerships in fight against online extremism

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

A recently released Countering Violent Extremism Task Force report explores the components of a comprehensive government and private sector response.

Nancy Norton nominated to succeed Alan Lynn as next DISA director

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

Her impending directorship still requires Senate confirmation, and the Pentagon hasn't yet specified an end to her predecessor Lynn's term.

The third Congressional Hackathon tackles openness and faith in government

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

People don't trust their government. Is there a hack for that?

ONC says interoperability exchange framework expected in December

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

ONC officials said the office would debut a new framework, designed with NIST, this month to share electronic health records across networks.

The new class of Presidential Innovation Fellows is here

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

This is the first class to join since the PIF program was codified by the TALENT Act.

Committee issues policy on mobile use in secured spaces

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The new directive simply allows for the use mobile devices in secured spaced, but "it doesn't mandate that these devices be allowed [there]."

Interoperability is passé — VA wants ‘seamless care’ with DOD

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Simply achieving interoperability between VA and DOD is no longer the goal.

Can these tools get people to care about the census?

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

Ahead of the 2020 decennial, how can the Census Bureau communicate the usefulness of accurate data to more everyday Americans?

NOAA looking for partners in mega-contract for IT services

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Officials offered new details on NOAA's anticipated IT services contract, stressing the need for industry partners as a key component.

Alliant 2 protests pour in

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The Government Accountability Office has so far received five protests on the Alliant 2 contract.

Air Force needs help bringing broadband to every U.S. base

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The Air Force's lack of broadband on some installations isn't uncommon among the military services. It's a Defense Department-wide issue.

AWS Secret Region ‘game changing’ for intelligence community, CIA official says

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

"This means for the first time we have a common set of tools, a constant flow of the latest technology and the flexibility to scale rapidly to meet mission demands," a senior CIA official said.

Software maintenance at the root of CBP’s January outage, report finds

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

A four-hour outage of the agency's passenger processing system in January ultimately had to be corrected by legacy system servers.

New Eastern Foundry initiative aims to help international companies sell to the government, too

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The incubator and coworking space for small federal contractors has teamed up with partners to launch Global Foundry.

Evolving Government: Insights from working with blockchain companies in government

by Andrew McMahon • 2 weeks ago

A look inside the reality of implementing blockchain technologies.

HHS CISO Chris Wlaschin on the importance of cyber-hygiene

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

In this FedScoop Q&A: Wlaschin talks about what he views as the most critical part of his job today.

With MGT on the path to becoming law, Hurd looks to the future

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Will Hurd is on the verge of seeing his Modernizing Government Technology Act become law. Now, he just has to work on an encore.

White House missing opportunity to modernize federal websites, think tank says

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

ITIF thinks the Office of American Innovation should take a deeper look at .gov website performance and security as part of its modernization efforts.

The Library of Congress finally finished its quest to digitize the original Lincoln documents

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

For the first time, more than 20,000 full-color scans of the original documents are available online.

OMB and GAO tangle over high-priority IT program reporting

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The congressional watchdog's report centers on how OMB’s Office of E-Government and Information Technology assesses the top 10 high priority IT programs across the federal government for quarterly reports to Congress.

How virtual reality could change the way NASA does science

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

Lab manager Tom Grubb sees applications for the technologies at every stage of a mission — from planning through to final data analysis.

GSA plans for success, hopes for few protests with feedback-friendly Alliant 2

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Following the awarding of the $50 billion contract, officials addressed what they hope will be the premier vehicle for information technology acquisition.

State CIO Frontis Wiggins retiring

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

Wiggins retires after 32 years of federal service.

Amazon Web Services launches ‘secret’ cloud for government

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

AWS's Secret Region can handle federal workloads up to the secret level of security.

OPM extends temporary hiring exemptions for IT modernization

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The Office of Personnel Management is looking to give federal agencies a leg up in hiring temporary talent for their cloud migration and information technology modernization projects.

GSA awards $50B Alliant 2 to 61 contractors

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

The awards come after a bumpy road for the contract, which saw protests from several IT companies late last year.

AI experts slam proposed use of ‘extreme vetting’ algorithms

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 weeks ago

Automation could easily be used to "arbitrarily flag groups of immigrants under a veneer of objectivity," a group of 54 computer scientists says.