Weichert says federal employees, data will fuel transformation

Weichert said efforts to help retain and reskill the federal workforce as a key component of its drive to modernize the government’s IT infrastructure.

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Can collaboration tools like Slack, HipChat and G Suite help fix government? USDS is betting on it

by Billy Mitchell • 1 day ago

FedScoop sat down at the USDS headquarters with a group of members embedded at various agencies who described how they use collaborative tools and why they believe they're so important in modernizing government operations.

DOD CIO Deasy calls for government to better recruit senior tech talent

by Carten Cordell • 1 day ago

The DOD CIO said the government should to reach out to mid- and late-career executives to entice them to the high-valued mission of federal work.

Federal workforce reforms not altered by OPM leadership shakeup, acting Director Weichert says

by Carten Cordell • 4 days ago

Though the Office of Personnel Management was recently roiled by leadership changes, its acting director insists the agency’s initiatives remain on course.

Weichert unveils federal IT, cyber direct hire authority days into OPM tenure

by Carten Cordell • 5 days ago

The new acting director unveiled the agency’s plans to offer direct hire authority for IT, cybersecurity and STEM jobs within the federal government during a Thursday media roundtable.

Army officials are on the hunt for more cyber talent

by Carten Cordell • 5 days ago

"At the end of the day, it’s people that are going to make us successful," Brig. Gen. Richard Angle says. One avenue is direct hire authority.

OPM’s employee engagement project likely to stay in effect, despite Pon’s departure

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

As one of his last actions as OPM director, Jeff Pon directed federal leaders to begin developing strategies to improve their workforce engagement.

Pon out at OPM, Weichert designated to serve as director

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The Trump administration designated Margret Weichert late Friday to take the helm of OPM following the surprise departure of current director Jeff Pon.

DHS CIO Zangardi wants cyber, IT hiring to be more limber

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The federal hiring process desperately has to become more flexible to be competitive with the private sector, John Zangardi says.

Feds focused on digital service, drones and data win at 2018 Sammies

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The “Sammies” — dubbed “the Oscars of government service” — recognize federal employees who have crafted impactful and innovative solutions to advance the mission of government.

NGA embraces the promise of AI, but not without the humans to match

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

A tsunami of data is driving the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's embrace not only of AI, but also its pursuit of more data scientists.

Look to USDS for lessons on how to hire technology experts, new report says

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

A new report details seven strategies that, the authors say, can serve to "enhance the technical expertise in government."

The message for national labs: Advances in quantum computing are about people, too

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

It's not enough to help develop quantum computers, experts told a Senate panel. National labs also need to train the incipient workforce that will support them.

Reps. Hurd, Kelly call for Congress to show AI more attention

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The lawmakers authored a report detailing the technology’s promise and the need for more congressional and presidential support of it.

Ditch the General Schedule, build competency-based workforce, report says

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

A new report suggests a complete overhaul of the federal workforce is needed to ensure the future role of government.

DIU chooses ex-Presidential Innovation Fellow to fill director role

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

Michael Brown will assume the role that Raj Shah left in February.

White House convenes industry on tech-driven workforce redesign

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

Trump administration officials met with industry experts Wednesday to discuss how to redesign the federal workforce for the 21st century.

Government Publishing Office chooses new CIO

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 month ago

Sam Musa, previously the chief of IT services for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will fill the role.

AI could mean massive reskilling initiatives for the federal workforce

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

It could take a massive redesign of skills needed in the workforce to utilize the technology to ensure the government can capitalize on AI's potential.

DOT grateful for extra hands that bug bounty program provided, CIO says

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The department recently joined the trend of federal bug bounty programs, which boost cybersecurity resources in ways that traditional methods probably can't.

IC leaders want AI to be your coworker, not your replacement

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

Intelligence leaders want analysts to see AI as a "powerful sidecar," but its adoption is not without its hurdles.

Housing and Urban Development gets a new CIO

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 months ago

David Chow has been chosen to fill the role. Chad Cowan had been acting CIO after the departure of Johnson Joy.

Agency leaders: Technology isn’t coming for your job — and it might make it easier

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

At FedTalks 2018, top officials from DOT and CBP discussed how people play an essential role in ensuring that automation and other technologies are used to the fullest extent.

Pentagon hires first chief data officer

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 months ago

Michael Conlin stepped into the role this summer.

How can the government get the most out of its reskilling efforts?

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

Workforce reskilling strategies already reside within the private sector — can the government adopt and scale them for 2 million federal employees?

CIOs are doing their jobs, even when there’s no policy to do so

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

According to GAO, "officials from most agencies stated that their CIOs are implementing the responsibilities even when not required in policy."

Trump White House releases new R&D priorities list for 2020

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 months ago

The annual agency budgeting guidance outlines eight areas of interest, including artificial intelligence, quantum information science and drones.

New bill would protect federal telework from ‘rollback’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 months ago

The bill is a direct response to new policies at the Department of Education and Department of Agriculture, both of which recently moved to limit telework opportunities.

U.S. CIO Suzette Kent keys in on talent gap as root of federal cyber struggles

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

Asked at a hearing Wednesday how lawmakers could be of assistance in helping agencies better secure their IT infrastructures, Kent pointed immediately to a "continued focus on workforce activities."

White House wants industry input on how to build its GEAR Center

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

The Trump administration is looking to create a public-private partnership laboratory to research how to build a better government.

PSC survey finds acquisition professionals are hopeful, despite tough climate

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

The survey said federal officials feel acquisition workforce skill is improving, despite continued headwinds in hiring and budget challenges.

New federal CISO Handbook offers ‘one-stop shop’ for cyber executives

by Carten Cordell • 4 months ago

The CISO and CIO councils have crafted a new handbook that agencies can use to “upskill” new cyber professionals into cybersecurity leaders.

IT modernization plays central role in Trump government reorganization plan

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

The plan promotes the use of modern technology to improve service delivery as a central tenet in the 21st century federal government.

Why PIFs stay in government

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 months ago

Former fellows open up on what got them hooked.

OPM gives agencies August deadline to report cybersecurity jobs needs

by Carten Cordell • 4 months ago

Officials are calling for Chief Human Capital Officer Act agencies to submit a preliminary report on cyber workforce needs by the end of August.

Agencies fall behind on cybersecurity workforce coding, GAO says

by Carten Cordell • 4 months ago

GAO officials found that OPM missed deadlines to establish a structure to track cybersecurity positions, causing a domino effect of delays.

Consider these three things when developing an insider threat program, experts say

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 months ago

Some basics from the panel at Forcepoint's Cybersecurity Leadership Forum.

Workforce and culture change: The real discussion around emerging technology

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

When it gets down to the nitty gritty of emerging tech, top IT officials want to talk more about people and process than the technology.

Suzette Kent: Data science talent will be the next big need for agencies

by Carten Cordell • 4 months ago

With the growth of big data analytics, Kent said increased demand for data science talent could equal or outpace that of cybersecurity in the federal government.

OPM taps IT executive Basil Parker for cyber workforce adviser

by Carten Cordell • 4 months ago

Parker will serve as a senior adviser for governmentwide IT and cyber workforce development.

Three ways machine learning can end the security clearance backlog

by Erin Hawley • 5 months ago

DataRobot's Erin Hawley gives three ways machine learning can cut down on the security clearance backlog.

Should developing cybersecurity talent be the next public-private partnership?

by Carten Cordell • 5 months ago

As DHS extends its outreach to the private sector to foster more threat intelligence sharing, it’s also conscious of the high demand for cyber talent.

Section 508 to roll out new tools, refresh website to assist acquisition officials

by Carten Cordell • 5 months ago

The GSA's Section 508 office said the new site will offer tools to help ensure disability-accessible requirements are included in new IT solicitations.

OPM will survey agencies for STEM, cybersecurity direct hire authority

by Carten Cordell • 5 months ago

The office is moving forward with its plans to provide direct hire authority for in-demand technology jobs, and it’s asking federal agencies for help.

Lasting culture change paramount to IT modernization, officials say

by Carten Cordell • 5 months ago

The challenge for agency leaders will not only be to upgrade their technology, but also to sustain their propensity for transformation.

USDS debuts new acquisition training program for digital specialists

by Carten Cordell • 5 months ago

The U.S. Digital Service's new certification track is designed to exclusively train digital acquisition specialists in technology procurement methods.

PMA’s plans to modernize IT, workforce rebuffed by House Democrats

by Carten Cordell • 5 months ago

The White House’s plan to transform the government’s IT infrastructure, workforce and data management is facing a familiar foe: entrenched partisanship.

OPM’s Pon wants broad direct-hire authority for STEM, cybersecurity jobs

by Carten Cordell • 5 months ago

The OPM director said he hoped to infuse agencies with more flexibility to attain top technology talent.

Data-driven civil service reform coming within months, OPM director says

by Carten Cordell • 6 months ago

Jeff Pon is exploring “wholesale” change for the federal workforce — and OPM plans to roll some of it out ahead of the November midterm elections.

What does automation and AI mean for the future of OPM?

by Carten Cordell • 6 months ago

The role of OPM in the President's Management Agenda can't be understated — nor can the potential for the agency to transform itself as a result.

New DIUx program to give acquisition professionals a crash course in rapid procurement

by Samantha Ehlinger • 6 months ago

The HACQer program is another opportunity for the group to share its ideas about how to acquire technology in a way that's not traditional of the Pentagon.

Will the White House’s plan to retrain feds for IT win over the public sector?

by Carten Cordell • 6 months ago

As the Trump administration plans to retrain some federal employees to fill IT roles, the question is if there is enough buy-in from the workforce.

OPM releases new cybersecurity skills gap guidance

by Carten Cordell • 7 months ago

The guidance lays out how agencies can identify where they have cyber and IT skills shortages and what steps they can take to mitigate to fill those gaps.

Top women in federal IT share inspiration, life advice at CIO Council event

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 7 months ago

Be intellectually curious, find a mentor and don't be afraid to take an unconventional route, they said.

U.S. CIO Suzette Kent: Federal IT transformation needs the skills of women

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 7 months ago

"Results have proven that women are more effective collaborators and what you deliver is actually better," Kent said at a Women in Federal IT and Cyber event on Thursday.

Trump’s management agenda ties together IT, data and workforce overhaul

by Carten Cordell • 7 months ago

Through a vast transformation of federal operations, the President’s Management Agenda aims to deliver citizen services with private sector efficiency.

First female director of DISA says leaders must ‘demand diversity’

by Billy Mitchell • 7 months ago

It is not enough just to bring together people of different backgrounds, call it diversity and expect it to make any difference, Vice Adm. Nancy Norton explained.

Retrained agency employees can be a key source of cybersecurity talent, NSC official says

by Carten Cordell • 7 months ago

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.

2019 budget request includes plans to train feds for emerging tech

by Carten Cordell • 8 months ago

The request included a $50 million fund to improve federal recruitment and retention of technology personnel.

Finding and fixing talent gaps will require new tech tools, OPM says

by Carten Cordell • 8 months ago

The first edition of OPM's quadrennial federal workforce review calls for the agency to adopt new technology tools to keep track of the public sector's talent gap.

300 interviews, 50 tentative job offers and more: CIO Council shares initial hiring fair results

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 8 months ago

"The federal-wide hiring event was an effective and cost efficient solution to attract diverse top talent to the public sector," the council concludes.