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Continuing Resolution on Congress' Post-Holiday To-Do List

November 17, 2017 Lawmakers head off to Thanksgiving recess having passed the defense authorization bill but face a government that runs out of money when they return. Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., Tuesday said Congress will likely extend the continuing resolution beyond Dec. 8 while lawmakers work on appropriation bills. VA Wants Fast Money...

IT Modernization Bill Heads to President

November 16, 2017 What began as an attempt by one Texas congressman to provide federal agencies new means to modernize their old and outdated systems will head to President Donald Trump’s desk for a signature. The Senate Thursday passed the National Defense Authorization Act that contained a modified version of the Modernizing Government...

Acting CIOs Still in Place at One-Third of CFO Agencies

November 15, 2017 Though the Trump administration is making progress filling federal chief information officer positions with permanent officials, about one-third of major agencies still have acting officials in place. Federal CIOs change after any administration change, but this year has been a particularly dizzying mix of the departures of politically appointed CIOs,...

Congress Passes FITARA 2, Hits Brakes on DHS Nominee

November 10, 2017 Congress sent agencies with lagging or nonexistent plans to close data centers a clear message: get on with it. The FITARA Enhancement Act passed the Senate Wednesday and next heads to the president’s desk. The bill requires agencies to continue reporting data center inventory, PortfolioStat reviews and sharing data to...

What CIOs Need to Know Before Launching Major Reforms

November 9, 2017 As the Trump administration and the American Technology Council push agencies for plans to wean them off outdated IT systems, federal technology leaders should prepare to manage people more than the technology, according to a nonprofit report. The Partnership for Public Service’s Blueprint for Leading Lasting Technology Reforms in Government...

MGT Act, Amazon Amendment Survive Defense Authorization Bill Conference

November 8, 2017 The Senate Armed Services Committee released summary details of the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act Wednesday following conference negotiations to merge House and Senate versions of the bill. Further details will be released Thursday, but tech highlights in the summary include the creation of a $500 million modernization fund...

Congress to Grill DHS Nominee, Former Yahoo and Equifax CEOs

November 3, 2017 Rep. Paul Ryan’s bill to overhaul how agencies use data to evaluate the effectiveness of their programs is moving fast. He introduced the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act to the House Tuesday and the House Oversight Committee passed it by voice vote Thursday. The bill includes a version of the...

Twitter, Facebook and Google Head to the Hill

October 27, 2017 Congress pushed fiscal 2018 budget along this week while getting ready to tackle controversial surveillance reform and grill the biggest names in social media about Russian election meddling. The House passed the Senate version Thursday with a vote 216 to 212, which is good news for federal employees. Though both...

GSA Launches Guide for Tech-Curious Agencies

October 25, 2017 The General Services Administration launched a collaborative resource for agencies researching how technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain could improve government services. The U.S. Emerging Citizen Technology Atlas, publicly launched today, aims to “demystify new technologies that have the potential to dramatically improve services for citizens, cut through the hype...

Congress Makes Budget Progress, Gets Snubbed by Cyber Czar and Preps for Fake News Fights

October 20, 2017 Congress is moving closer to approving the fiscal 2018 budget, with the Senate passing its version 51-49 Thursday night. An amendment proposed by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., would have required the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee to find almost $17 million in savings, but the measure was voted down....