VA CIO Rob Thomas retiring from government

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

transition news

American Technology Council’s call to ‘modernize’ is a familiar refrain

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 months ago

Don't look now, but the Trump administration seems to have found an Obama-era government policy it'd like to keep around: modernizing government IT.

Hybrid IT helps U.S. Air Force focus on mission, CTO says

by Cassandra Stephenson • 4 months ago

USAF CTO Frank Koneiczny says hybrid IT provides processing capabilities that help USAF keep its eye on the prize when it comes to mission.

Leaders must collaborate inside and outside of government for IT modernization to work, brief says

by Cassandra Stephenson • 4 months ago

The first in a new series of briefs from the Partnership for Public Service and Accenture Federal Services encourages federal leaders to develop relationships with key stakeholders.

OMB to take central role implementing cyber executive order, acting U.S. CIO says

by Shaun Waterman • 4 months ago

The White House Office of Management and Budget will be at the center of the Trump administration’s move to modernize and secure federal computer networks, the government’s senior-most IT official said Wednesday.

Trump appoints GSA cyber and tech adviser

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

President Donald Trump appointed Corey Cooke as the senior adviser for cyber and technology to the administrator of the General Services Administration.

Trump’s cyber order pushes for modernized IT shared services

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

Agency heads are required to "show preference in their procurement for shared IT services," such as email, cloud and cybersecurity services.

The biggest cybersecurity threat facing federal agencies is legacy IT

by John Low • 5 months ago

In this guest contribution, Phase One's John Low discusses how federal IT modernization and cybersecurity are one and the same.

Obama’s foundation plots digital-first archive in lieu of presidential library

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

The Obama Foundation and the National Archives and Records Administration will work together to digitize the the president's unclassified physical records "to the greatest extent possible."

Former DHS exec Schneck takes financial consulting role

by FedScoop Staff • 5 months ago

Schneck, the most senior official with a cybersecurity-specific job at the Obama-era DHS, told friends that she started last week.

Windows 10 deployment remains top-of-mind for Pentagon CIO

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

Moving the entirety of the Pentagon and the various military branches to the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system is still at the top of the Defense Department CIO's to-do list after the office missed the goal for departmentwide deployment earlier this year.

President Trump creates modernization-focused American Technology Council

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

The 19-member council, created by an executive order, is chaired by President Donald Trump and otherwise led by a full-time director.

White House picks Richard Staropoli as DHS CIO

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

The White House has appointed Richard Staropoli to be CIO of the Department of Homeland Security.

HHS secretary equates health IT to ‘burden’ for doctors

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

Price advocated Thursday for reducing the burden placed upon physicians and health care providers by information technology otherwise meant to improve their care for patients.

Trump administration to make IT modernization an ‘imperative,’ says former SSA CIO Rob Klopp

by Samantha Ehlinger • 5 months ago

The Trump administration will make agencies fund IT modernization from within, says the former federal IT official.

Gov Actually Episode 11: How Regulation Works

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

Susan Dudley, former administrator of the Office of Information and Regulation Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget, joins hosts Danny Werfel and Dan Tangerlini to discuss the regulatory process and the shift — if any — in high-profile regulations under the newly inaugurated Trump administration.

Former OPM head Beth Cobert named CEO of workforce initiative Skillful

by Samantha Ehlinger • 5 months ago

The management specialist asked to help the Office of Personnel Management respond to a major data breach will now lead an initiative out of Colorado designed to connect Americans to middle-skill, good paying jobs.

Top procurement officials bullish Trump will continue innovative acquisition reforms

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

The Trump administration is poised to continue leaning on the innovative practices introduced under President Barack Obama, particularly as agencies' budgets are set to be cut, leading federal procurement officials said Thursday.

Space agency’s CISO to leave at end of April

by FedScoop Staff • 5 months ago

Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz will be leaving her position as NASA’s chief information security officer.

Trump White House to reverse proactive visitor-log posting policy

by Samantha Ehlinger • 5 months ago

The Trump administration said it will break with an Obama administration policy that proactively released most White House visitor logs online — a practice the former administration had held up as evidence of its commitment to transparency and opening government data.

OMB’s plan for government reform: Business as usual for IT

by Samantha Ehlinger • 6 months ago

The Office of Management and Budget ended the governmentwide hiring freeze Wednesday with the release of new guidance, a "comprehensive plan for reforming the federal government and reducing the federal civilian workforce."

One way to keep government stocked with qualified CIOs: Groom them at OMB first

by Samantha Ehlinger • 6 months ago

A group including lawmakers and former government chief information officers said the overall federal CIO could be the pivot point for attracting talented people to fill CIO positions at other agencies.

Gov Actually Episode 10: ‘What have we learned?’

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

What better time to recap the past few months of Gov Actually and the transitions underway in the federal government than with the podcast's 10th episode?

USDS co-founder Erie Meyer joins Code for America

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

U.S. Digital Service co-founder Erie Meyer will continue working to improve public sector digital services — this time outside the walls of the government as a member of Code for America's leadership team.

Federal CISOs are bracing for further cyber cuts in wake of Trump budget

by Patrick O’Neill • 6 months ago

Despite having a severe workforce shortage, federal CISOs are bracing for further cuts to their cybersecurity personnel under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget.

Gov Actually Episode 9: Can innovation survive federal downsizing?

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

In this episode of Gov Actually, Phaedra Chrousos joins hosts Danny Werfel and Dan Tangherlini to discuss federal innovation and whether the recent moves of the current administration will extinguish that spark.

Tony Scott added to board of Baldrige Foundation

by Samantha Ehlinger • 6 months ago

Former U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott is taking his expertise to the private sector.

What Trump’s budget blueprint says about federal IT

by Samantha Ehlinger • 6 months ago

President Donald Trump's initial budget proposal, while short, doesn't leave out technology's role in federal government operations and management.

FBI would get $61M to fight cybercrime, encryption in Trump budget proposal

by Chris Bing • 6 months ago

President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint for the federal government proposes a $61 million increase for the FBI and Justice Department in fiscal 2018 to better track terrorist communications and combat cybercriminals.

White House adviser promises funding, centralization for federal cybersecurity

by Shaun Waterman • 6 months ago

“President Trump intends to put his money where his mouth is,” White House homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert said Wednesday.

Pro-Trump Twitter bots are now promoting WikiLeaks’ CIA dump

by FedScoop Staff • 6 months ago

Our sister publication CyberScoop details how about 32,000 unique Twitter accounts — more commonly known as “bots” — tweeted more than 170,000 times using the #Vault7 hashtag on March 8, the day the leaked information was made public.

Rep. DelBene continues push to extend U.S. Digital Service as its future remains uncertain

by Patrick O’Neill • 7 months ago

"One thing I've been working is making sure we have longterm support for the U.S. Digital Service," DelBene told FedScoop.

Good signs for federal IT under Trump, Rep. Will Hurd says

by Samantha Ehlinger • 7 months ago

The Trump administration's transition teams are asking "all the questions" that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been asking for the last two years around IT, the chairman of a key House subcommittee said in an interview with FedScoop.

FISMA 2016: White House claims progress against cyberattacks

by Shaun Waterman • 7 months ago

For the first time, agencies were required to report only incidents that affected their operations, and to break those incidents down based on the attack vector used.

Ex-18F Director Aaron Snow joins an old friend at cBrain

by Billy Mitchell • 7 months ago

Aaron Snow has joined cBrain as chief operating officer for North America, the Danish government digitization and automation firm announced Thursday.

Confide messaging app used by Trump team has multiple critical vulnerabilities

by Patrick O’Neill • 7 months ago

Security researchers at Seattle-based IOActive found multiple critical vulnerabilities in Confide after it underwent a security audit for the first time in February.

Gov Actually Episode 8: Trump’s OMB

by Billy Mitchell • 7 months ago

Gov Actually is back this week with a new episode featuring Robert Shea, a former Office of Management and Budget associate director for administration and government performance under President George W. Bush.

Cyber order coming soon, says exec briefed by White House

by Shaun Waterman • 7 months ago

The White House is putting the finishing touches on a new draft of the executive order, originally scheduled for signature in January, former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano said Monday.

Thiel protege Michael Kratsios named White House deputy CTO

by Shaun Waterman • 7 months ago

The chief of staff to billionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel is slated to be a new deputy chief technology officer in the Trump White House, according to news reports.

Former Veterans Affairs CIO LaVerne Council joins MITRE

by Billy Mitchell • 7 months ago

Council will serve as senior vice president and general manager for the Center for Connected Government, which focuses on MITRE's business with civilian agencies.

Bill could expand NIST’s role in federal cybersecurity

by Shaun Waterman • 7 months ago

Under a bill approved Wednesday by a House committee, the National Institutes of Standards and Technology would show federal agencies how to implement the Cybersecurity Framework that it developed for companies that own and operate critical industries.

White House announces new top adviser for tech and cybersecurity policy

by Samantha Ehlinger • 7 months ago

The head of the National Economic Council announced staff appointments Monday, including a special assistant to the president for Technology, Telecom and Cybersecurity Policy.

Veterans Affairs hiring new CISO

by Billy Mitchell • 7 months ago

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to hire a permanent replacement for former CISO Roopangi Kadakia.

Exit interview: 18F’s Aaron Snow candid about IG report as he departs government

by Billy Mitchell • 7 months ago

Aaron Snow stepped down from his position as a TTS adviser Thursday and opened up about his thoughts on the recent GSA IG audit critical of 18F security compliance.

Experts: Trump to follow Obama’s lead on cyber policy

by Shaun Waterman • 7 months ago

There is likely to be a great deal of continuity between the Trump presidency and its predecessor, scholars and executives said Wednesday.

Software vulnerability disclosures by NSA will continue under Trump, officials say

by Chris Bing • 7 months ago

The disclosure process that governs how and when federal agencies should tell tech firms about flawed computer code is in no immediate danger of termination under the Trump administration, current and former U.S. officials said.

‘All of our federal data assets are currently at risk’ — here’s how people are trying to protect them

by Samantha Ehlinger • 7 months ago

A group of coders, librarians, scientists, storytellers and others passionate about data came together at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., to help preserve federal data some worry could disappear during the Trump administration.

J. Michael Daniel, Obama’s cybersecurity czar, to head industry nonprofit

by Shaun Waterman • 7 months ago

Michael Daniel, the career federal official who served as White House cybersecurity coordinator under President Barack Obama, will helm a nonprofit alliance founded by cybersecurity giants to better share information about cybercrime and other threats.

Gov Actually Episode 7: The dissent channel

by Billy Mitchell • 7 months ago

This episode of Gov Actually features guest Heather Higginbottom, who served as Secretary of State John Kerry's deputy for management and resources until the end of the Obama administration.

Bush’s federal IT chief hopes for role in Trump administration

by Shaun Waterman • 7 months ago

“I would be honored if the Trump administration asked me to come in and work on our nation’s problems,” Karen Evans said in an interview on the sidelines of the RSA security conference Tuesday.

Confide, a favorite app of Trump’s White House, is ‘a triumph of marketing over substance’

by Patrick O’Neill • 7 months ago

Republicans in D.C., including members of the Trump administration, are now using Confide, an encrypted messaging app that quickly deletes old chats.

New CISO takes lead at Customs and Border Protection

by Greg Otto • 7 months ago

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has hired Alma Cole as its chief information security officer.

FITARA law is failing to give IT chiefs the power of the purse, insiders say

by Samantha Ehlinger • 8 months ago

“The department CIO really has nothing other than the bully pulpit,” former HHS CIO Frank Baitman told FedScoop.

New draft of Trump’s cyber executive order would increase burden on tech sector

by Shaun Waterman • 8 months ago

The text of the draft order, which was originally slated to be signed this week, was posted online by the Lawfare blog. Its future is unclear.

Democrats call for probe into White House’s cybersecurity practices

by Chris Bing • 8 months ago

Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., and Don Beyer, D-Va., signed and sent a letter to the committee’s Republican leadership requesting a hearing on the matter.

Trump administration looking to continue IT savings through category management

by Billy Mitchell • 8 months ago

Trump's White House is looking at IT risk management beyond the obvious cybersecurity concerns, and category management plays role on the acquisition side of that, says Bill Zielinski.

Exit interview: Former Transportation CIO says team has network improvement plan

by Samantha Ehlinger • 8 months ago

The Transportation Department may be without a new chief information officer for now, but its former IT leader says he left behind a plan to continue to make changes to the department's network architecture.

NSA’s No. 2, its top civilian, will retire shortly

by Shaun Waterman • 8 months ago

Richard Ledgett, deputy director of the National Security Agency, announced he will retire this spring.

Don’t despair over Trump policies, civic tech leader says

by Jason Shueh • 8 months ago

Code For America founder Jennifer Pahlka says technologists should continue serving government and put the mission of improved citizen services ahead of partisan politics.

IT management and tech-driven transparency remain at forefront for House Oversight

by Samantha Ehlinger • 8 months ago

The House Oversight and Government Reform committee on Thursday approved 20-to-14 its authorization and oversight plan for the 115th Congress, which included plans to continue to oversee the federal government's ability to manage its IT, and to push for technology-based solutions that make government more transparent.

Transparency shouldn’t change when presidency changes, Republican lawmaker says

by Samantha Ehlinger • 8 months ago

The transfer of party and president presents an opportunity for activists to hold the Republicans accountable for the government transparency standards they advocated for during the Obama administration, said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. on Wednesday.