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Federal Tech Predictions for 2016

December 23, 2015 From DevOps to cloud computing, the speed at which the technology sphere is currently evolving is only going to increase in the coming year. It is important for agencies to accept this and welcome it into their daily work. That's according to Joel Dolisy, chief information officer and chief technology...

New Playbook Examines Dos and Don’ts for Federal Innovation

December 16, 2015 Instead of turning to Silicon Valley innovators, federal agencies should take a look at those closer to home: their chief information officers. That’s according to a new playbook on CIO-enabled innovation, released Wednesday through the IBM Center for the Business of Government. The playbook highlights best practices and common challenges...

MEGABYTE Act Seeks to Slash Software Waste

December 14, 2015 In an effort to reduce duplication and save billions of dollars in taxpayer money, two senators have introduced a bill aimed at increasing oversight of software licenses in federal agencies. Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Gary Peters, D-Mich., introduced the Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies, or MEGABYTE,...

These 6 Principles Could Change the Face of Federal Technology

December 9, 2015 There are plenty of innovative ideas and solutions that could do wonders for the federal government that aren't yet being used. A federal contracting organization and a council of tech companies have joined forces to change this. On Tuesday, the Professional Services Council and the Technology Councils of North America...

Expert: Requirements Have No Place in Agile Development

December 9, 2015 Including two-week sprints to Minimum Viable Products, there are plenty of elements involved in building innovative projects using agile development, but requirements aren't among them, said Greg Godbout, chief technology officer of the Environmental Protection Agency, during an event Tuesday. In fact, the very mechanics of setting requirements for a...

FTC Gets New Tech Chief

December 7, 2015 The Federal Trade Commission will have a new chief technologist come January. Last week, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez appointed Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor Lorrie Faith Cranor to serve as the agency's chief technologist. Cranor's new post includes advising both Ramirez and the commission on developing technology and policy...

Should the Secret Service Hand Over Its Cybersecurity Responsibilities?

December 4, 2015 In recent years, the U.S. Secret Service’s responsibilities have increasingly bled into the cybersecurity arena. But according to a new bipartisan House Oversight and Government Reform report, the focus may be misplaced. The agency is now responsible for maintaining the Electronic Crimes Task Forces, which hunts for international cyber criminals,...

Copyright Office Needs More Tech and Data Experts

December 2, 2015 To keep pace with the demands of the digital age, the U.S. Copyright Office needs fewer file clerks and more techies, Maria Pallante, the office's director, told lawmakers Wednesday. “It used to be catalogers, now it needs to be technology and data [experts],” Pallante described the agency’s hiring needs. “I...

Are These Collaboration Platforms Key to Improving Federal IT?

December 1, 2015 What could help fix some of the longstanding issues in the way the government builds and buys IT systems? The six-month “IT Solutions Challenge,” which just wrapped up, has come up with an answer: more cross-agency collaboration. The federal government launched the challenge in April. Nearly 40 mid-level and front-line...

Will Social Media Mavens Take Leave of Absence to Help TSA Tweet Better?

November 30, 2015 The agency known for bearing the brunt of traveler frustration is looking for private sector social media mavens willing to take a leave of absence from their job to help boost its real-time Twitter account, @AskTSA. The successful candidates would spend at least six months on loan to the Transportation...