Can collaboration tools like Slack, HipChat and G Suite help fix government? USDS is betting on it
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Michael Brown will assume the role that Raj Shah left in February.
White House convenes industry on tech-driven workforce redesign
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
How can the government get the most out of its reskilling efforts?
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
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
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’
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
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
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
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
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
The plan promotes the use of modern technology to improve service delivery as a central tenet in the 21st century federal government.
OPM gives agencies August deadline to report cybersecurity jobs needs
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
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
Some basics from the panel at Forcepoint's Cybersecurity Leadership Forum.
Workforce and culture change: The real discussion around emerging technology
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
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
Parker will serve as a senior adviser for governmentwide IT and cyber workforce development.
Three ways machine learning can end the security clearance backlog
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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?
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
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
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
"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
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’
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
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
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
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
"The federal-wide hiring event was an effective and cost efficient solution to attract diverse top talent to the public sector," the council concludes.