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Tech + Tequila: Tapping into Tech Hubs

2:56 PM ET If there’s one thing we can say about the Obama administration’s tech legacy, it’s that civilian, military and intelligence agencies have made significant inroads seeking innovation from tech hubs outside the Beltway. Agencies with various missions—from the Pentagon’s national security imperative to the Federal Communications Commission’s regulatory duties—are turning to...

Maria Roat to Become New CIO for Small Business Administration

September 26, 2016 After serving a little more than two years as the chief technology officer at the Department of Transportation, Maria Roat has accepted the role of chief information officer at the Small Business Administration. Roat confirmed the move to Nextgov Monday, and her final day at Transportation will be Sept. 30....

Survey: Federal IT Pros Favor Clinton Over Trump

September 26, 2016 The government’s techies prefer Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to Republican nominee Donald Trump in a big way. According to a survey conducted by Meritalk, a Virginia-based public-private partnership, 52 percent of federal IT professionals plan to vote for Clinton, while only 32 percent will cast their vote for Trump....

House Oversight Votes to Hold Clinton Techie in Contempt

September 23, 2016 The Hillary Clinton email saga continues. On Thursday, the House Oversight and Government Reform committee voted 19-15 to hold Bryan Pagliano, formerly a tech aide for Clinton while she served as Secretary of State, for failing to testify about Clinton’s private email server that he maintained. “Mr. Pagliano is a...

House Passes Modernizing Government Technology Act

September 23, 2016 One week after Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, introduced new IT legislation to the House of Representatives, designed to thrust government into 21st-century technologies, the Modernizing Government Technology Act passed on a voice vote. “Many parts of the federal government’s IT infrastructure are stuck in the Stone Age,” said Hurd, who...

IG: GSA’s Schedules Program Pricing Issues Cost Taxpayers

September 22, 2016 A General Services Administration Inspector General audit released this week suggests outdated or inaccurate pricing information provided by contractors regarding products and services on the GSA Schedules Program may cost taxpayers as much as $405 million per year. The audit is the fourth in a series of IG reports highlighting...

How FITARA Changed the CIO Game

September 21, 2016 Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act continues to have a major impact on federal agencies and the chief information officers who own growing IT budgets across government. In previous reports, Transportation Department CIO Richard McKinney has explained how he employed FITARA as a secret weapon, threatening to revoke network access...

Federal CIO Survey: It’s Cyber, Then Everything Else

September 21, 2016 In the wake of the Office of Personnel Management hack last year that compromised millions of Americans’ personal information, the government’s top tech officials have made cybersecurity their top priority and concern heading into the 2016 election. That’s according to new survey data from the Professional Services Council and Grant...

Innovation After Hours: Check Out Nextgov’s Newest Event

September 19, 2016 At Nextgov and Defense One, we like our cocktails served over a mix of technology, engaging talks, cool use cases and as much networking as we can muster after the work day. That’s why we’ve launched our newest event, Innovation After Hours, providing another meet-up mechanism for like-minded techies, with...

NOAA Awards 2 Contracts Under Commercial Weather Data Pilot

September 16, 2016 A pair of commercial satellite companies will have a shot to prove their satellites can contribute useful weather data to weather models operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This week NOAA, under its $3 million Commercial Weather Data pilot, awarded contracts to Pasadena, California-based GeoOptics and San Francisco-based...