recommended reading

author archives

Results 181-190 of 322

‘Data Geek’ Takes Reins as HHS CTO

May 31, 2015 The Department of Health and Human Services is getting a new top tech official. In a May 28 post on the agency’s blog, Susannah Fox announced she’s joining the U.S. health agency as chief technology officer. Fox most recently served as entrepreneur in residence at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation...

FITARA Guidelines Garner Little Feedback on GitHub -- So Far

May 15, 2015 How does the federal IT community feel about the new government guidelines boosting the budget authority of agency chief information officers? You’ll probably have to look beyond GitHub, at least for now. The federal government has received praise from transparency advocates for posting proposed regulations for implementing federal IT reform...

Metadata is the Missing Ingredient in Agencies’ Move to Electronic Record Keeping, Watchdog Says

May 15, 2015 Faced with virtual mountains of emails, social media missives and other electronic records, federal agencies over the past few years have faced tight deadlines for modernizing their record-keeping process. A new scorecard of sorts from the Government Accountability Office finds measured progress on a 2012 White House directive on transitioning...

DJ Patil to Tech Industry: Don’t Just ‘Throw Stones’ at Government

May 12, 2015 Despite recent recruiting successes by the Obama administration to woo top technologists to government, it’s no secret there’s been an at-times frosty relationship between the tech industry and Uncle Sam. Administration officials’ stance on privacy and encryption technologies have soured many techies on federal service. Not to mention the popular...

OPM Gives Agencies Permission to Fast-Track Hiring of Digital Teams

May 6, 2015 President Barack Obama’s 2016 budget blueprint included an ambitious plan to create in-house digital teams at agencies across government, staffed with top technical talent and built in the image of a White House team that helped rescue HealthCare.gov from disaster. The big question was always: How would agencies attract Facebook-...

from govexec

Data Gurus Take Charge

May 6, 2015 Twenty years ago, Scott Shoup was a recent college grad working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, helping earthquake-stricken Angelenos sign up for assistance after the devastating 1994 Northridge quake. Now, he’s helping lead the agency’s efforts to leverage data across the department to be more “survivor-centric.” Niall Brennan, a...

Watchdog Questions HUD’s ‘Inconsistent’ IT Dashboard Data

May 5, 2015 The inspector general of the Department of Housing and Urban Development says information about the agency’s major IT investments uploaded to a public dashboard may not be entirely accurate. Agency officials are still manually uploading information about the agency’s eight major IT projects to the IT Dashboard and weren’t able...

US CIO Tony Scott Says Federal IT is Now a ‘Contact Sport.’ Here’s the Rulebook.

May 4, 2015 Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott signed off on long-awaited guidelines Thursday boosting the power government CIOs can exercise when it comes to their agencies’ IT budgets. In remarks Friday at a conference, Scott said the message of the guidance isn’t to put CIOs on a special pedestal but to...

OMB: FITARA Guidance Coming This Week

April 28, 2015 Attention, agency chief information officers: Guidance for implementing the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act is coming by the end of this week, the Office of Management and Budget announced Monday. The announcement came in a Federal Register notice, which asked for public comment on the forthcoming guidance. (The draft guidance...

A New Look at How Federal IT Reform is Faring in 5 Charts

April 23, 2015 The Obama administration released new data this week on how federal IT projects are performing. The data measure the extent to which agency IT projects stay within budget and on schedule and the average time it takes to deliver key phases of a project. The information, posted to the online...