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Postal Service Busted Up a Billion-Dollar Drug Problem with Data

July 6, 2017 Editor's note: This article was updated to correct the decrease in Postal Service spending on compound drugs in fiscal 2017. About two years ago, analysts within the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General noticed a spike in health care costs revolving around workers’ compensation claims and spending on...

Government Wants to Detect Bio-engineered Threats

July 5, 2017 Spider-Man, the sharks from “Deep Blue Sea” and the modified dinosaurs from “Jurassic Park” all share one fictional commonality: genetically modified origins. But while bio-engineered super-organisms might seem the stuff of science fiction, the federal government is treating them as an inevitable potential danger in seeking ideas from the public...

DevOps University Aims to Address Government's Agile Talent Dearth

June 29, 2017 The government is working on getting more agile. As a result, companies are investing more money in training their federal customers in DevOps to combat head on the shortage of talent in agile methodologies, which take an iterative, incremental approach to projects. The federal government traditionally develops software using a...

Nextgov Event: Tech Refresh Thursday

June 28, 2017 IT modernization is kind of a big deal in the federal government right now. It’s one of the main priorities of the newly created White House Office of American Innovation, and one of the few truly bipartisan efforts in Congress. Legislation authored by Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, who chairs the...

White House Office of American Innovation Lays Out Priorities

June 27, 2017 The White House Office of American Innovation announced in March has been an object of fascination among the government community. Led by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, the collection of White House talent has been described as a “SWAT team of internal consultants” and a liaison between federal bureaucracies...

CSRA Will Build the Next MilCloud

June 26, 2017 Tech firm CSRA will build the second iteration of the Defense Department’s milCloud. The Falls Church, Virginia-based IT contractor captured the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract dubbed milCloud 2.0, valued at up to $500 million. The contract has a 3-year base period and five additional 1-year options. MilCloud 2.0 is an important step...

GSA Seeks Blockchain Solutions

June 23, 2017 Blockchain technology is coming to the federal government. The General Services Administration is accepting quotes from IT and other tech companies regarding how blockchain and automated machine learning technologies could be used to improve the agency’s Multiple Award Schedules FASt Lane program. The FASt Lane program is part of a...

Nextgov Event: The White House Office of American Innovation's Priorities

June 23, 2017 It’s no secret the Trump administration is focused on driving the government to do more with less. The White House Office of American Innovation is likely to be the conduit through which new technology policy enters the federal bureaucracy, and while this “SWAT team” of consultants is new, it’s already...

The Cyber Advice Tech Titans Gave the White House Behind Closed Doors

June 22, 2017 Tech industry chiefs had prescient, common-sense advice in the realm of cybersecurity for the Trump administration during Monday’s inaugural American Technology Council meeting, according to White House Cyber Coordinator Rob Joyce. The simple stuff matters, said Joyce, speaking Wednesday at the GovProtect17 cybersecurity forum. Two-factor authentication, encryption of data in...

White House Cyber Chief to Agency Leaders: Know Your Networks' Risks

June 21, 2017 The buck stops with agency leaders when cybersecurity breaches occur, White House Cyber Coordinator Rob Joyce reiterated Wednesday. Chief information officers and chief information security officers across government are critically important but often removed from executive-level decision-making. That’s a stark contrast from their peers in the private sector, who tend...