Comings, goings and openings: the 2017 CIO shuffle
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
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
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
All previously existing petitions and signatures will be there when the site relaunches in "late January," an official told FedScoop.
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The Presidential Innovation Fellowship program cruises along after surviving its first transition
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
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
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
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
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
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
VA paid more than two-thirds of it — $741 million — to just 15 contractors.
Essye Miller named acting CIO at the Department of Defense
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’
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
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
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
She received Senate confirmation Tuesday by a vote of 62-37.
Emily Murphy gets Senate approval to lead GSA
Murphy received Senate approval Tuesday by voice vote.
Former USPTO CIO Owens lands at CGI
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
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
This is the first class to join since the PIF program was codified by the TALENT Act.
Gov Actually Episode 20: The other side of Trump’s tax reform
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
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
The CR, efficiency and workforce play major parts.
Another former VA exec lands at Leidos
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
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
Zangardi most recently has been serving as the acting CIO of the Defense Department since his predecessor, Terry Halvorsen, left the department in February.
GSA launching office to house White House innovation office’s centers of excellence
The White House office is looking to launch centers focused on identity and authentication, cloud computing, consolidated contact centers, and data access.
Graves says final IT modernization report will debut soon
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’
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
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
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
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
Boxley has been serving as the agency's acting CIO since November 2016.
Trump nominates new Army secretary for technology and logistics
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
Lira said that modernizing the federal government will have to transcend administrations if it is to succeed.
OPM quickly hires new CIO, David Garcia
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?
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’
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
Trump administration officials continue the push to make federal data more open to the private and public sectors.
FDIC CIO Lawrence Gross retiring
Gross will stay on with the agency until January, an FDIC source confirmed to FedScoop.
VA CIO Rob Thomas retiring from government
Scott Blackburn will take over as acting CIO effective this week.
Mary Davie officially named deputy commissioner of FAS
Commissioner Alan Thomas issues a spate of leadership changes within FAS.
CIO Council to host massive federal IT hiring event
The government wants you (and you and probably you) for IT positions.
Executive branch reorganization pushes DHS to find IT efficiencies
At the top of the list: "SOCs and NOCs."
Zielinski named governmentwide IT category manager
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
The department announced office "realignment" last week.
White House pledges support to spending bill without Tech Modernization Fund
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
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
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
DeVries recalls his tenure at OPM a year after almost saying no to the job.
Tillerson: State cyber coordinator office to officially shutter
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
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’
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
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?
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
Sherman will report directly to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.