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FedScoop 02/14/2020 16:17
Secretary Ryan McCarthy wants to use more other transaction agreements (OTAs) to modernize the Army, he said the National Press Club Friday. The faster method of contracting is the Army’s best bet to achieve its ambitious modernization goals, McCarthy said. The OTA authority, which was expanded by the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, allows agencies to sidestep the Federal Acquisition […]. .
FedScoop 02/14/2020 14:01
Margaret Weichert, the Office of Management and Budget’s deputy director for management, is leaving government. Weichert announced her departure on Friday — she will ultimately leave in mid-March and plans to join Accenture as a managing director in their commercial practice. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve as the Deputy Director for Management,” Weichert said in […]. .
FedScoop 02/14/2020 12:20
The Department of Health and Human Services’ chief technology officer is leaving the agency for an opportunity in the private sector. Ed Simcox publicly announced his intentions via a blog post. He said that while it was a “difficult decision” to leave, he is looking forward to what comes next. His last day is Friday. […]. .
FedScoop 02/13/2020 16:27
The chief information officer of the U.S Patent and Trademark Office wants to modernize the agency’s information technology and its contracting process to register intellectual property better, faster and cheaper. When Jamie Holcombe joined USPTO a year ago, one of the agency’s major applications still ran on an HP 9000, affectionately named “T-Rex” because the […]. .
FedScoop 02/13/2020 16:14
The Army has ordered each division to appoint a “data representative” who will work with the Defense Department’s chief data officer to help improve data interoperability and general data literacy across the service. Divisions received the order in November and have since been working to appoint someone, Col. Jay Chapman, division chief of Mission Command HQDA G-3/5/7, […]. .
FedScoop 02/13/2020 15:47
The General Services Administration’s Centers of Excellence program announced on Thursday that it has found its newest client — the Department of Labor. The project will focus on the “modernization of DOL’s acquisition capabilities using Robotic Process Automation (RPA) expertise,” and will leverage the initiative’s newest center, the AI CoE. “The Department of Labor is always looking […]. .
FedScoop 02/13/2020 15:16
The U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled Thursday to temporarily prevent any new work under the Pentagon’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract until it decides on Amazon Web Services’ protest of the acquisition. Judge Patricia E. Campbell Smith issued a preliminary injunction barring the Department of Defense and JEDI awardee Microsoft from any new contracting […]. .
FedScoop 02/13/2020 11:42
Reps. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., introduced a bill Thursday that would make the General Services Administration’s IT Modernization Centers of Excellence program a permanent fixture. The lawmakers call the Modernization Centers of Excellence Program Act a “light touch” codification of the existing initiative, which helps agency clients undertake IT modernization projects in the five subject matter areas […]. .
FedScoop 02/13/2020 10:49
Longtime Department of Justice CIO Joe Klimavicz will retire from government at the end of February. Klimavicz has more than 40 years in government service, the last six of which were as Justice CIO. He told staff Wednesday about his plans in an email, obtained by FedScoop. Klimavicz didn’t mention what’s next for him, but […]. .
FedScoop 02/12/2020 16:33
A trade association comprised of more than 400 small, midsize and large businesses that deal with federal agencies is making its frustration with the government’s new contracting website known. The Professional Services Council — which includes members like Amazon Web Services, Cisco Systems and Microsoft — sent a letter to the General Services Administration on Friday […]. .
FedScoop 02/12/2020 14:46
A senior member of the House Oversight Committee says he’s interested in exploring the use of blockchain for an upcoming decennial census. “I know that blockchain is used extensively on databases and registries in other countries,” Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass, said Wednesday during a hearing on the 2020 census. “Are we looking at anything like that […]. .
FedScoop 02/12/2020 05:30
The Defense Digital Service (DDS) is taking over ownership of Rogue Squadron, a Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) team based in Mountain View, California, that develops hardware and software for small drones and counter-drone missions. This addition to the DDS portfolio will deepen the group’s expertise in the small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) and counter-UAS technology. The […]. .
FedScoop 02/11/2020 16:54
The Office of Congressional Workplace Rights failed to establish cybersecurity and privacy requirements when planning its online system for discrimination and harassment claims by workers in the legislative branch, according to a new report. A month after the Government Accountability Office found OCWR lacked an information technology strategic plan, the investigative arm of Congress also has […]. .
FedScoop 02/11/2020 16:29
Federal agencies looking to modernize legacy IT systems and applications are turning to technologies that can give them more agility. Executives from both government and industry share in a new video series how their organizations are using cloud-ready and cloud-native applications, together with open source code, to facilitate quicker development times. Additionally, tapping into open […]. .
FedScoop 02/11/2020 13:20
The Department of Veterans Affairs is delaying the go-live date for its modernized electronic health record system that was planned to launch in March in the Pacific Northwest. The $16 billion project will have an updated timeline in the coming weeks, said a VA spokeswoman. The decision to delay the go-live date stemmed from a need for more […]. .
FedScoop 02/11/2020 12:13
The Army has many data problems. But when it comes to the data that underlies facial recognition, one sticks out: Enemies want to poison the well. Adversaries are becoming more sophisticated at providing “poisoned,” or subtly altered, data that will mistrain artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms. To try and safeguard facial recognition databases from these […]. .

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