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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...

Trump Creates New Tech Council to Tackle Federal IT Modernization

May 1, 2017 President Donald Trump wants to modernize the federal government’s aging IT systems and the digital services they provide citizens, and he’s established a council of agency heads and federal executives to help him do it. An executive order signed Monday establishes the American Technology Council to “coordinate the vision, strategy...

Hurd to Introduce Revised IT Modernization Bill with White House Support

April 28, 2017 Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, plans to introduce legislation today designed to help federal agencies update their aging technology—and this time, it has White House backing. Hurd worked alongside White House Office of American Innovation officials Reed Cordish and Chris Liddell in crafting and tweaking the legislation, and called their partnership...

Federal Cloud Spending Has Stalled, Report Says

April 27, 2017 The federal government’s spending in cloud computing has temporarily stalled, according to a market intelligence firm. The report, a four-year forecast through 2021 developed by IDC Government Insights, estimates a drop from $2.6 billion in fiscal 2016 to $2.2 billion in fiscal 2017—a 17 percent drop across all types of...

Pentagon’s Top Techie Needs Purchasing Power of Closest Allies, Former DOD CIO Says

April 27, 2017 Terry Halvorsen, who served as the Pentagon’s top tech official for two and a half years before leaving in February, called on Congress Wednesday to imbue his old role with more authorities to pursue emerging technologies. Speaking before a House Armed Services subcommittee, Halvorsen lamented that he could not pursue...

Government’s Biggest Cyber Problem Will Be Contractors’ Big Opportunity, Report Says

April 26, 2017 The federal government’s biggest challenge in defending its civilian, military and intelligence networks from hackers isn’t technology, it’s people. And nearing the 100-day mark of the Trump presidency, the new administration’s cybersecurity policies may be hindering the government’s cyber posture rather than helping it, according to research from Virginia-based data...

Meet the Woman in Charge of Customer Service for Millions of Vets

April 26, 2017 Customer service is top of mind today for complex organizations. Consider United Airlines’ recent public relations fiasco, in which the company apparently acted in a legal manner by removing a passenger from an overbooked flight yet did so in a style that alienated customers and shareholders. As a result, United...

What's Next in Federal Technology?

April 26, 2017 Emerging technologies like smart cars, artificial intelligence and connected devices aren't the stuff of science fiction: They’re here today and squarely on the radar of the federal government. Agencies both use these technologies and are responsible for coming up with policies to regulate them. At Nextgov, we’ve been covering these...

HHS Data Gurus Are Saving Taxpayers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

April 25, 2017 Last year, a team of data geeks, statisticians and modelers teamed with law enforcement agents after unearthing curious analytic patterns in Medicare data. They suggested a number of health care providers were submitting claims for services they weren’t providing. With access to petabytes’ worth of data housed within the Centers...