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FedScoop 11/15/2019 15:01
Department of Health and Human Services officials are “working through the process” of determining where the chief data officer should sit within the organization and hiring someone for the job, according to an agency spokesperson. Chief Information Officer Jose Arrieta is serving as acting CDO in the position created by the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking […]. .
FedScoop 11/15/2019 12:47
The government has made progress on hiring authorities and performance management, but still has work to do on “building in agility” to what it means to be a federal employee, Margaret Weichert said Thursday. At FedScoop’s Workforce Summit, the deputy director for management in the White House Office of Management and Budget said workforce is “one […]. .
FedScoop 11/15/2019 12:42
Francisco Salguero will be the next CIO of the Federal Communications Commission. Salguero, currently deputy CIO with the Department of Agriculture, will take over the role at the beginning of December, several sources close to the agency confirmed to FedScoop. Salguero has been with Agriculture for more than 14 years, rising to the level of […]. .
FedScoop 11/15/2019 10:20
Department of Homeland Security CIO John Zangardi announced today in a note to staff he is leaving the agency. Multiple sources have confirmed that Zangardi will depart DHS to take time off, ending his nearly two-year tenure with the department. Previously Zangardi served as acting CIO of the Department of Defense and, before that, as the acting […]. .
FedScoop 11/14/2019 17:06
Amazon Web Services is protesting the Pentagon’s award of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract to Microsoft. The company submitted a pre-filing notice with the Court of Federal Claims last Friday, according to an AWS spokesperson. “AWS is uniquely experienced and qualified to provide the critical technology the U.S. military needs, and remains […]. .
FedScoop 11/14/2019 15:38
Leaders from the Department of Defense and intelligence community Thursday emphasized the need for a diverse workforce in support of national security. CISO Jack Wilmer pointed to improving diversity as one of DOD’s greatest workforce needs in defending the military and nation against cybersecurity threats. “When you look at what our adversaries are actually doing, the approaches […]. .
FedScoop 11/14/2019 15:37
Don’t expect results from the government’s efforts to standardize shared services for a few years, especially when it comes to grants management. That was the message from officials at the Association of Government Accountants’ 2019 Shared Services Summit on Thursday. The Office of Management and Budget designated four initial agencies as Quality Services Management Offices […]. .
FedScoop 11/14/2019 13:22
Data science will be the next big subject for the federal government’s reskilling initiative, an Office of Management and Budget official said Thursday. After two successful cohorts of the Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy, the Federal CIO Council is taking the concept to another high-demand area, deputy Federal CIO Margie Graves at FedScoop’s Workforce Summit. “The […]. .
FedScoop 11/13/2019 16:05
The Transportation Security Administration wants a better sense of the airport security marketplace and is seeking proposals addressing problems with screening among other areas. TSA’s Innovation Task Force (ITF) issued a broad agency announcement for Innovative Demonstrations for Enterprise Advancement (IDEA) in late October. The agency intends to use its “convening authority” to advance the development […]. .
FedScoop 11/13/2019 15:24
It wasn’t that long ago that perimeter-based security controls, like firewalls, provided the bulk of an agency’s IT defenses. But as enterprise network environments move toward cloud- and mobile-based platforms as well as interconnected application services, identity and access requirements are taking center stage in security controls. Fortunately for agencies, tools for identity, credential and […]. .
FedScoop 11/13/2019 12:18
The General Services Administration’s Centers of Excellence team has put out two new RFIs for its continued work with the Office of Personnel Management. The RFIs solicit contractor help with an initiative to modernize the Federal Annuity Claims Expert System (FACES), which federal retirement counselors use “to adjudicate about 80,000 federal retirement benefit actions every […]. .
FedScoop 11/12/2019 16:23
U.S. Special Operations Command CIO Lisa Costa has the perfect analogue to her unit’s DevOps-driven digital transformation: tactical shooting. “What do you do in tactical shooting?” Costa said Tuesday at the 2019 Red Hat Government Symposium. “You remove all extraneous movement and that’s how you get efficiency. We need to do the same thing in […]. .
FedScoop 11/12/2019 16:22
The office that shares federal weather data with the world has gotten thrifty in automating its IT processes, a move that allows most of its budget to go toward its biggest job — operating weather satellite systems. At the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), Senior Systems Engineer Michael Raugh manages the administrative local area network […]. .
FedScoop 11/12/2019 14:55
The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate is exploring the use of blockchain technology to track raw material imports into the United States. The agency’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) recently awarded a phase one contract to Transmute Industries, Inc. to develop a proof of concept that will aim to improve the transparency and security […]. .
FedScoop 11/11/2019 16:14
Agencies should look to early artificial intelligence adopters in government and industry when crafting strategies for adopting such technologies, according to a new report. Deloitte surveyed about 1,100 executives from U.S. organizations using AI in the third quarter of 2018 — 10% of them from the public sector — and found 74% of respondents felt the […]. .
FedScoop 11/11/2019 13:00
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants to accelerate the secure migration of data and applications to the cloud through a five-year, $144 million contract with Unisys. The blanket purchase agreement contract was awarded under the General Services Administration‘s Multiple Award Schedule in the third quarter of 2019 and consists of a one-year base period with four one-year options — […]. .

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