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IT Modernization Gets Nod, But No Money, In House Funding Bills

July 25, 2017 Government funding bills that are heading to the House floor this week don’t include money for a House-passed bill to upgrade government technology systems but “recognizes the importance” of those legislative efforts. It would be unusual for a House appropriations bill to include funding for a project that has not...

Time for Agencies to Rethink the Internet of Things, NIST Official Says

July 25, 2017 The phrase “internet of things” usually references the growing connectivity among sensors, smart devices and people, but a computer scientist at the National Institute of Standard and Technology believes that phrase is useless and doesn’t mean anything. “There is no universally accepted definition of IoT,” said Jeffrey Voas, speaking Tuesday...

Congress' Plan to Cut Improper Payments Will Require Investment, Lawmaker Says

July 21, 2017 House Republicans aim to save taxpayers a cumulative $700 billion over the next five years by reducing the amount federal agencies waste on improper payments, but agencies will have to invest in the resources and people, one lawmaker said. Congress’ attempt to tackle improper payments is more aggressive than President...

How Federal Agents Took Down a $1.3 Billion Health Care Fraud Scheme

July 20, 2017 The untold hero behind the Justice Department’s latest and largest health care fraud takedown—a $1.3 billion bust leading to more than 400 indictments—isn’t a person, but rather an emerging technology the government is increasingly using to do more with less. “We’re getting more sophisticated in our consumption of analytics,” said...

House Oversight Passes FITARA Backup Plan

July 19, 2017 A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has a backup plan to extend provisions set to expire later this year under the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee by voice vote cleared the FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017, which would extend the sunset periods...

How the State Department Prioritized Passport Customers

July 18, 2017 The federal government is finally realizing what the citizens who interact with it have long understood: its customer service usually stinks. Yet even before the Trump White House signaled improving federal customer experience a worthy cause, pockets within government were already blending concepts phrases like “customer-centric” and “journey mapping” with...

Trump Adds to GSA Leadership

July 17, 2017 The General Services Administration today announced it has filled an important policymaking position. President Donald Trump named Allison Fahrenkopf Brigati as the agency’s associate administrator for the Office of Governmentwide Policy. » Get the best federal technology news and ideas delivered right to your inbox. Sign up here. Brigati, who...

DOD Officials: Use AI-Fueled Systems to Inform Policy-Makers, Not To Kill

July 13, 2017 In the near future, artificial intelligence will combine government data from internet-connected sensors and decades-old paper-based records to inform decision- and policy-makers about key issues. In the U.S. military, AI is already providing a glimpse of its capabilities and may offer a blueprint for its civilian potential. Consider North Korea,...

A Farmer-Focused Agency Wants to Ditch Data Centers Completely

July 13, 2017 Sometimes, like a sour relationship with a significant other, you just have to leave your data centers. For the Agriculture Department’s Risk Management Agency, that time has arrived, according to Chief Information Officer Chad Sheridan. “I don’t want to have any,” Sheridan said Tuesday in a Nextgov-hosted webcast. “There is...

Office of American Innovation Targets Federal Customer Service

July 12, 2017 The White House Office of American Innovation has its crosshairs set on improving federal customer service, a major challenge because of the government’s "near monopoly" in providing poor service delivery. The White House’s customer service effort is linked to modernizing government technology and will include long-term “strategic, multiyear projects,” according...