Still here: All the things that happened with 18F, the USDS and the PIF program in 2017

A look back at FedScoop's reporting on these three signature tech talent initiatives.

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Comings, goings and openings: the 2017 CIO shuffle

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 months ago

As the year draws to a close, here's where the offices of the CIO at the federal government's major agencies stand.

GSA looking for vendor support to launch White House’s IT modernization centers of excellence

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

The agency issued a solicitation in search of "professional services to assist GSA in developing and launching the CoE service delivery model to agencies."

White House: Top-level commitment led to USDA choice for modernization center of excellence

by Carten Cordell • 4 months ago

A senior adviser said the decision to tap the USDA for the first center of excellence came down to the across-the-board support from agency leadership.

White House takes We the People petition site down for maintenance

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 months ago

All previously existing petitions and signatures will be there when the site relaunches in "late January," an official told FedScoop.

Which kind of legacy are federal CIOs leaving behind?

by Casey Coleman • 4 months ago

Make the decision to put your agency in a winning position for the future.

The Presidential Innovation Fellowship program cruises along after surviving its first transition

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 months ago

Acting executive director Ben Willman discusses what the TALENT Act and the new administration has, or hasn't, changed.

Rob Cook to leave GSA after TTS leadership shakeup

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

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

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

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 months 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 • 4 months 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 • 4 months 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 • 4 months ago

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

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

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

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

Essye Miller named acting CIO at the Department of Defense

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 5 months ago

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

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

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months 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 • 5 months ago

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

VA, White House explore medical record interoperability with private hospitals

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

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

Kirstjen Nielsen sworn in as DHS secretary

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

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

Emily Murphy gets Senate approval to lead GSA

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

Murphy received Senate approval Tuesday by voice vote.

Former USPTO CIO Owens lands at CGI

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

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

Nancy Norton nominated to succeed Alan Lynn as next DISA director

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

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

The new class of Presidential Innovation Fellows is here

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 5 months ago

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

State CIO Frontis Wiggins retiring

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

Wiggins retires after 32 years of federal service.

Gov Actually Episode 20: The other side of Trump’s tax reform

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

The podcast discusses the bill not with a political lens or by diving into how it affects the deficit but rather from a perspective of whether it is "administerable."

Beyond USAJobs: CIO Council hiring event brings IT applicants, hiring managers face-to-face

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 6 months ago

Day one of the inaugural two-day event kicked off on Monday morning in Silver Spring, Md.

PSC forecast: IT advancements are coming in 2018, but leadership uncertainty remains

by Carten Cordell • 6 months ago

The CR, efficiency and workforce play major parts.

Another former VA exec lands at Leidos

by Carten Cordell • 6 months ago

The former acting assistant secretary becomes the VA’s second C-suite executive to leave government for the Reston, Va.-based technology company.

As federal IT lags, Connolly calls out White House for lack of CIO leadership

by Carten Cordell • 6 months ago

The congressman said that a dearth of new CIOs emerging from the White House has left IT modernization efforts with no one to drive the momentum.

Trump names DOD’s John Zangardi as DHS CIO

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

Zangardi most recently has been serving as the acting CIO of the Defense Department since his predecessor, Terry Halvorsen, left the department in February.

John Owens retires from CIO post at USPTO

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 6 months ago

Owens has filled the role for nearly 10 years.

GSA launching office to house White House innovation office’s centers of excellence

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

The White House office is looking to launch centers focused on identity and authentication, cloud computing, consolidated contact centers, and data access.

Deputy CTO Rob Palmer leaving DHS

by Shaun Waterman • 6 months ago

He will be joining a new cybersecurity services firm, ShorePoint.

Graves says final IT modernization report will debut soon

by Carten Cordell • 6 months ago

The acting federal chief information officer also said the White House is preparing to implement the MGT Act as soon as it becomes law.

White House looking for ‘cyber moonshot’

by FedScoop Staff • 6 months ago

Trump administration tech advisers are looking for a cybersecurity "moonshot," CyberScoop's Shaun Waterman reported Thursday.

Trump taps Kelly deputy and cybersecurity expert Kirstjen Nielsen for DHS secretary

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

Nielsen served at DHS chief of staff to former Secretary John Kelly until he was moved to the White House in July to be President Trump's chief of staff.

Gov Actually Episode 19: Inside government disaster response

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

Hosts Dan Tangherlini and Danny Werfel address disaster response in the lenses of the recent hurricanes that devastated Texas and Puerto Rico

Barry West appointed DHS deputy CIO

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

West will be appointed to a limited term senior executive service position as senior adviser and deputy CIO.

Government Publishing Office names Tracee Boxley to CIO role

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 7 months ago

Boxley has been serving as the agency's acting CIO since November 2016.

Trump nominates new Army secretary for technology and logistics

by Carten Cordell • 7 months ago

The new nominee to oversee the Army’s technology procurement operations help set up a rapid acquisition program.

Matt Lira outlines government’s ‘relay race’ to bring modernization, shared services

by Carten Cordell • 7 months ago

Lira said that modernizing the federal government will have to transcend administrations if it is to succeed.

OPM quickly hires new CIO, David Garcia

by Billy Mitchell • 7 months ago

Garcia steps into the role less just than a month since Dave DeVries retired from federal service, moving to Michigan as the state's CIO.

When MGT passes, will there be enough official CIOs to implement it?

by Carten Cordell • 7 months ago

The IT modernization bill is on the cusp of passage, but if it does, will a dearth of agency CIOs hurt its implementation?

State Department sees IT modernization as a key part of agency ‘redesign’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 7 months ago

Legacy IT systems are sucking budget dollars, Deputy Secretary John Sullivan said on Tuesday during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.

Liddell, Graves tout open data standards in drive for efficiency

by Carten Cordell • 7 months ago

Trump administration officials continue the push to make federal data more open to the private and public sectors.

FDIC CIO Lawrence Gross retiring

by Billy Mitchell • 7 months ago

Gross will stay on with the agency until January, an FDIC source confirmed to FedScoop.

VA CIO Rob Thomas retiring from government

by Billy Mitchell • 7 months ago

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

Mary Davie officially named deputy commissioner of FAS

by Billy Mitchell • 7 months ago

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

CIO Council to host massive federal IT hiring event

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 7 months 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 • 7 months ago

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

Zielinski named governmentwide IT category manager

by Billy Mitchell • 7 months ago

He will replace Mary Davie, who was recently promoted to acting deputy commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service.

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

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 7 months ago

The department announced office "realignment" last week.

White House pledges support to spending bill without Tech Modernization Fund

by Billy Mitchell • 8 months 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."

Trump administration taps new OPM, GSA nominees

by Carten Cordell • 8 months ago

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

White House issues long-awaited IT modernization report

by Billy Mitchell • 8 months 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."

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

by Billy Mitchell • 8 months 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 • 8 months ago

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

DISA taps rear admiral as its new vice chair

by Carten Cordell • 8 months ago

The agency selected communications specialist Rear Adm. Nancy Norton to help oversee its information technology and cyber operations.

GAO chief: CIO departures are ‘an area of concern’

by Carten Cordell • 8 months ago

A recent rash of agency CIO departures has GAO Comptroller General Gene Dodaro worried about the road to IT acquisition reform.

New White House memo outlines the administration’s research and development priorities

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 8 months ago

The memo encourages agencies to coordinate among themselves and invest largely in early-stage research — leaving later stage investment for the private sector.

Will government tech exec departures impact IT modernization momentum?

by Carten Cordell • 8 months ago

While the support for IT modernization has been prominent, the agency leadership needed to implement those plans could be walking out the door.

John Sherman appointed CIO of the intelligence community

by Billy Mitchell • 8 months ago

Sherman will report directly to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.