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How Much Are Agencies Spending on New Contracts?

May 16, 2017 The federal government rarely seeks truly innovative solutions when it bids out new contracts, according to a report released today. Federal market research and analysis firm Nation Analytics’ "Government Services Competitive Intelligence Report" examined 246 task orders and contracts for federal services—each worth $50 million or more—awarded across the federal...

Optimizing the Data Center

May 16, 2017 Legacy technology costs the federal government a lot of money. Statistically, around 80 percent of the government’s $80 billion IT budget goes toward past-generation systems that, as former U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott used to say, “keep the lights on.” In reality, these systems are often performing mission-critical activities,...

With Friendly CBO Score, IT Modernization Bill Hits House Floor Wednesday

May 15, 2017 After sailing through committee vote two weeks ago, Rep. Will Hurd’s Modernizing Government Technology Act will see a floor vote Wednesday, according to multiple sources—and this time around, it has a much friendlier Congressional Budget Office score than its failed predecessor did. If enacted, CBO said the new tech modernization...

Bill Prioritizes Federal Customer Service—And Cuts Some Red Tape

May 11, 2017 Congress could be poised to take on the federal government’s customer service problems. Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Wednesday introduced the Federal Agency Customer Experience Act, bipartisan legislation that would simplify the process agencies go through to gather public feedback about their customer service. The bill would...

Father of the Internet: 'AI Stands for Artificial Idiot’

May 9, 2017 Vint Cerf is often called the “father of the internet” and he frequently speaks about technology to large groups of people as Google’s chief internet evangelist. He isn’t a big fan of artificial intelligence though. At least not yet. “AI stands for artificial idiot,” he said Tuesday, speaking before a...

Bill Would Mandate Mobile-Friendly Federal Websites

May 9, 2017 Legislation introduced into the House of Representatives last week would require all new and redesigned federal websites be mobile friendly. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill, the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, authored the Connect to Government Act. Kelly said districts like hers, which includes parts of...

FCC Says Bogus Traffic Overwhelmed Website After John Oliver Segment

May 8, 2017 The Federal Communications Commission was hit by multiple distributed denial-of-service attacks Sunday evening, causing delays to consumers trying to leave feedback on the agency’s cloud-based Electronic Comment Filing System. According to a statement from FCC Chief Information Officer David Bray, the DDoS attacks started around midnight Sunday and did not...

The Intel Community's Love-Hate Relationship with the Internet of Things

May 4, 2017 By Gartner’s count, approximately 20 billion devices will be connected to the internet in 2020. For the analysts and techies in the intelligence community, that’s a good thing. And it’s a bad thing. “We love tech and we hate tech, and the internet of things is no different,” said Michael...

IT Modernization Bill Sails Through House Committee

May 2, 2017 The Modernizing Government Technology Act on Tuesday swiftly cleared the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee with unanimous support and no amendments. The next step for the IT modernization legislation, introduced Tuesday by Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, with bipartisan support, will be a House vote that could come within weeks....

FCC Captures Second CIO 100 Award

May 1, 2017 The Federal Communications Commission’s innovative IT efforts are not just saving taxpayer dollars; they’re turning heads worldwide. On Monday, FCC was selected as a 2017 CIO 100 honoree, the second time FCC has earned the global accolade under the leadership of Chief Information Officer David Bray. In 2015, FCC was...