November 16 Congress passes the Modernizing Government Technology Act as part of the defense authorization bill.
November 16 The OPEN Government Data Act, tucked inside the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act, passed the House.
November 16 A House oversight committee pushed IT leaders to set more ambitious upgrade goals after its fifth assessment of federal agencies’ technology.
November 14 The new metric on software licensing knocked many agencies' grades down.
November 7 Only four agencies had policies and processes in place to develop software in increments.
November 7 Agriculture and energy companies in rural areas want to find efficiencies with internet of things devices, but lack of high-speed access is a problem
November 7 We need the private sector's help to vault DOD into the world of elastic computing and machine learning.
November 3 The services reached the milestone a year ahead of schedule.
November 3 Two different versions of the OPEN Government Data Act are working their way through Congress.
November 3 Even people on the International Space Station deal with paper jams and ink shortages.
October 26 IDC predicts slow growth over the next few years.
October 26 The New Democrats Coalition pushes the government to adopt shared technology certifications and a national breach notification standard.
October 25 The online resource focuses on practical applications of emerging technologies.
October 23 One thing agencies need to do is get out of a reactive mode, the agency's CIO Todd Simpson said.
October 16 More than 75 percent of respondents said they spend at least a quarter of their workday on tedious administrative tasks.
October 16 Manual processes are holding back the way governments could support children and families in crisis.
October 10 A trade association asked Congress to pass legislation that would advance connected technology in the United States.
October 10 Thinking small can make a big difference in improving citizen services.
October 6 But making automation a reality will be a challenge.
October 4 Acting Federal Chief Information Security Officer Grant Schneider pushed for tools that are easy to use but can share threat info in real time.
October 4 Device manufacturers still determine how they secure their gadgets, but legislation could push industry in a more secure direction, experts tell the House Oversight committee.
October 4 Other legislation includes a mandate for agencies to create mobile-friendly websites and to report on the security clearance backlog.
October 3 As the number of devices quietly gathering your data increases, so does the risk of exposure.
October 2 A Congressman leading the tech upgrade movement says Congress should just treat acting CIOs like permanent ones.
October 2 Agencies can still make moves to improve their December grades if they take these steps.
September 25 Will the government's technology challenges galvanize decision-makers as the Cold War once did?
September 25 About 72 percent of federal chief information officers said the majority of applications in their agencies are legacy systems, a new survey finds.
September 25 The Cyber National Guard could provide a constant stream of short-term talent, the lawmaker says.
September 22 Dell EMC, General Dynamics and Microsoft teamed to win a big Air Force contract.
September 22 Intent-based networking may be the future of federal IT.
September 19 The Office of American Innovation isn't interested in tech for tech's sake. It's to make government more efficient.
September 18 The OPEN Government Data Act also advances, along with other tech and cyber goodies.
September 13 The company received provisional authority to host Impact Level 5 workloads.
September 13 Also: the House Oversight Committee approves a measure promoting social media monitoring in clearance investigations.
September 12 CSRA wins the NSA’s Groundbreaker recompete to modernize portions of the intelligence community’s IT infrastructure
September 11 New federal websites would have to be easy to view on smartphones and other devices, according to a Senate bill.
September 8 The government will likely need a data-centric agency and new positions to protect privacy as it expands the use of confidential data, the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking said.
August 31 The White House wants to know what's missing and will keep commenting open until Sept. 20.
August 30 As the agency's next-gen satellites come online, it expects more accurate forecasts and increased lead time for severe weather.
August 30 To modernize, chief information officers need to think about how to manage change, not just technology.
August 24 The interagency group has been sharing the draft to solicit further feedback and attract the White House's attention.
August 23 The federal government's buying hub is hosting a workshop about integrating new technology in early September.
August 23 Instead of "lift and shift," agencies must focus on making IT processes more efficient in the cloud.
August 11 The iOS 11 update, expected to be released in fall 2017, presents new opportunities for interacting with mail digitally.
August 8 Thinking of veterans as customers who could take their business elsewhere could fuel agency improvements, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said.
August 7 Legacy systems need to be maintained even if agencies plan on migrating to cloud systems, according to a recent report.
August 2 The leaders behind DATA Act implementation share what they think made this governmentwide reform effort successful.
August 1 The General Services Administration selected 10 vendors for the Enterprise Infrastructure Services contract.
August 1 The Defense Department's pilot program allows access to materials up to secret level.
July 31 National Technical Information Service pairs federal agencies with vetted companies that meet their technology needs—and fast.
July 19 The panel moved along a standalone bill to extend sunsetting provisions—just in case.
July 13 "Farmers don’t care that I run a data center," an Agriculture Department chief information officer said.
July 13 A few parts were slated to sunset.
July 12 The accreditation time frame is shrinking and GSA is working with the Office of American Innovation to speed up even more.
July 11 Governmentwide projects are particularly complicated, but here's one that ends on time and under budget.
July 11 With agile, it’s all about speed, adaptability and collaboration—all for the sake of accelerated, better application development.
July 10 If it works in business, can't it work in government?
July 7 Three analytic practitioners share best practices for building a successful analytics shop.
June 30 While a White House official said all the right things, Code for America Founder Jen Pahlka wanted to see more spine from tech executives.
June 30 Developing software in an incremental fashion may mean rethinking contracting and personnel's duties, an Excella Consulting's chief technology officer said.
June 29 That person would lead “a legion of people” who could support the technology needs of other agencies.
June 20 Silicon Valley bigwigs discussed machine learning, open data and the need for government spending on research.
June 19 Singapore, Denmark and South Africa are among the countries leading the way in digitizing post offices.
June 19 The president's son-in-law and senior adviser targets data centers and floppy disks.
June 15 The White House nixed several outdated IT directives to federal agencies.
June 13 Pentagon's F+ was the only outright failing grade among CFO Act agencies.
June 13 Fifteen agencies held steady, four agencies improved and five fared worse compared to grades released in December 2016.
June 8 Agencies should start thinking now about making the business case for change, performance metrics and how to transition from outdated technologies to new platforms.
June 8 One of the key parts to the turnaround was having the CIO report directly to her, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said.
June 7 The Jared Kushner-led innovation office meets regularly with Office of the Chief Information Officer on cyber and citizen matters.
June 7 The agency's Technology Transformation Service will move under the Federal Acquisition Service.
June 5 Secretary David Shulkin said there was a public interest exception in skipping a full and open competition.
June 2 Two of the agency's largest contracts may be awarded this year, with one as soon as this month.
June 2 Cognitive technologies could free up hundreds of hours of government employees’ time.
May 23 Federal IT sees an overall boost in spending, but many research programs take a hit.
May 19 The Trump administration should tackle networking speed advances like the Obama administration did cloud, NSTAC draft report says.
May 18 In all three cases, DHS said it had achieved the milestone, but GAO’s review found otherwise.
May 17 The bill's fast movement highlights the bipartisan concern lawmakers share regarding the nation’s aging federal technology.
May 15 The Modernizing Government Technology Act dodged the high price tag it received the first time around.
May 11 The order was delayed so security and modernization programs can work in tandem, an official said.
May 2 “This eliminates the traditional ‘use it or lose it’ approach that has plagued IT for years,” Rep. Will Hurd said.
May 1 A new order offers another sign that agency heads, not CIOs, will be responsible for federal systems.
April 28 The Modernizing Government Technology Act, take two.
April 27 Instead of purchasing what's built to last, the government should think about purchasing with change in mind.
April 19 Chaffetz was a thorn in the Obama administration’s side, using his oversight powers to review the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and repeatedly probed Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
April 13 Trump’s prepping big plans to modernize and secure government technology, but he’ll need government’s buy in to get it done.
April 11 These key actions key include bolstering FITARA, enhancing CIO authorities and improving budget formulation, governance, workforce operations and transition planning.
March 29 “It’s time we align best practices in government with industry in acquisition,” Rep. Will Hurd said.
March 27 Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, could introduce a tweaked version of the Modernizing Government Technology Act, which passed the House in September but stalled in the Senate during the lame-duck session.
March 23 Progress on closing data centers is mixed and the government’s optimization efforts are worse.
March 17 The agency took small steps first.
March 14 Frontis Wiggins' plan includes revolutionizing how the agency does innovation.
March 9 The key is modernizing systems will not be done in the same architectural model of the past.
February 3 To operate at today’s scale and face today’s threats, the government needs a paradigm shift in how it approaches technology.
January 31 Trump canceled his scheduled signing of a cybersecurity-themed executive order with no explanation.
January 25 An incoming CIO will have a lot on his or her plate.
January 24 Many still consider FITARA a compliance drill rather than a way to transform IT.
December 13, 2016 Join us Thursday for a deep dive into the act's impact.
December 7, 2016 Agencies have closed 4,300 of nearly 11,000 data centers.
December 7, 2016 Neither of the CIOs called to testify before the House committee—Luke McCormack at the Homeland Security Department and Frontis Wiggins of the State Department—report to the top two positions within their agencies.
December 5, 2016 The low scores indicate FITARA may not be empowering CIOs as originally intended, or at least not as quickly as Congress had hoped.
November 30, 2016 There is a long list of uncertainties for federal IT organizations given the upcoming administration transition.
November 15, 2016 What’s required of today’s government CIOs?
October 27, 2016 DHS' IT office has no official vote on DHS’ Joint Requirements Council, which was reinstated in 2014 after a former version of the council went defunct in the mid-2000s.
October 25, 2016 Some agencies are spending even more on legacy IT than you think.
October 13, 2016 Legislation that would create working capital funds for modernization could help, but aren't guaranteed to pass.
September 26, 2016 And more on the week's government IT news.
September 23, 2016 The federal government’s woefully old IT systems are apparently something both political parties believe require fixing.
September 21, 2016 Legislation gave CIOs new visibility into their own agencies.
September 15, 2016 New IT legislation is a combination of Hurd’s MOVE IT act and the IT Modernization Fund championed by U.S. CIO Tony Scott
September 13, 2016 Chief technology officers should be empowered to deliver new solutions and approaches.
September 9, 2016 Even if Congress doesn't pass a meaningful law, agencies must respond to a crisis U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott has labeled worse than Y2K.
August 11, 2016 A-130 focuses on three key elements: real-time knowledge of the environment, proactive risk management and shared responsibility.
August 1, 2016 The Data Center Optimization Initiative aims to cut data center costs by 25 percent at the close of fiscal 2018.
July 27, 2016 This is the first time since 2000 the "Circular A-130: Managing Information as a Strategic Resource" has been updated.
July 14, 2016 The Modernizing Outdated and Vulnerable Equipment and Information Technology Act of 2016, or MOVE IT, directs individual agencies to establish IT working capital funds.
June 30, 2016 With an administration shift, the people appointed sometimes “don’t even know how to spell ‘information technology,'" one former agency CIO said.
June 29, 2016 The initial investment of $3.1 billion could fund as much as $15 billion worth of new applications and infrastructure over the next several years, but only if it’s paid back in full, Tony Scott said.
June 14, 2016 Over the next three years, more than $3 billion worth of federal IT investments will reach end-of-life, Tony Scott says.
June 6, 2016 CIOs are not adequately assessing risk of major projects, according to the Government Accountability Office.
May 23, 2016 Teamwork makes a whole lot more sense than infighting and mass confusion.
May 19, 2016 "We are going to stick with this,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who promised a bipartisan effort to ensure FITARA is carried out successfully.
May 19, 2016 Agencies should repurpose savings from data center consolidation, says Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s IT operations subcommittee.
May 18, 2016 Still, no agency received an A grade.
May 12, 2016 “We're paying a lot of money for fixed capacity that we invested in 10, 20 years ago,” U.S. CIO Tony Scott says. “Call it crazy, I think it's time to bring an end to this."
May 6, 2016 OMB plans to issue new IT budget planning guidance that would “focus on empowering agency CIOs.”
April 26, 2016 Signing on to statements of approval are executives from Northrop Grumman, Cisco, Dell, Intel, CSRA and the pro-business U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
April 1, 2016 GAO research shows the average tenure for an agency CIO barely tops two years.
March 30, 2016 Boosting the authority of agency CIOs when it comes to overseeing IT spending and contracting is one of the key aims of the law -- but it will take some time
March 9, 2016 The federal government is planning to spend nearly $90 billion a year on IT next year.
March 1, 2016 Mismanaged implementation may actually result in delays for IT delivery speed and effectiveness.
February 16, 2016 It’s still unclear what strategy the White House is pursuing to make the newly proposed IT modernization fund a reality.
February 10, 2016 The budget seeks substantial budget increases to shore up cybersecurity and a new approach to modernizing IT systems.
December 11, 2015 One CIO threatened to cut off access for insecure users and put a freeze on IT spending.