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Uncle Sam Drops $3M in Grants to Kill the Password

September 18, 2014 The nation's wireless carriers, the state of North Carolina and several online stores have been awarded $3 million in federal grants to do away with passwords and offer consumers other options to securely access online services, Commerce Department officials have announced. The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace is...

Not Just Silicon Valley: Feds Have a Gender Tech Gap, Too

September 16, 2014 After the disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov last year, one of the more common reform-minded refrains trumpeted around Washington was that, especially in this digital age, the government needed to operate more like a sleek, Silicon Valley startup. The feds appear to have taken that suggestion to heart. Throughout the Obama...

Mikey Dickerson: No Paper Pushing at US Digital Service

September 15, 2014 Mikey Dickerson has already bucked Washington convention with his rumpled shirts and notable lack of neckwear. Now, the head of the U.S. Digital Service, a newly formed White House office responsible for improving government technology projects, is putting the federal IT community on notice: Don’t expect any paper pushing from...

First of its Kind Venture Capital Fund Pumps Millions into GovTech Startups

September 15, 2014 Over the past 15 months or so, a California-based venture capital fund has been quietly raising millions of dollars for a handful of technology startups designed to make the government work more efficiently. It’s called the GovTech Fund, and it’s the first-ever venture capital fund to specifically fundraise for startups...

What Kind of CTO Will Megan Smith Be?

September 12, 2014 It's barely been a week since ex-Google executive Megan Smith was named the Obama administration’s top technology official. In some of her first public comments since taking on the chief technology officer position -- the third person to hold the title and the first woman -- Smith said she remains...

VA’s Scheduling System Revamp Will Be Big Test of Agency’s Agile Approach

August 29, 2014 The last attempt by the Department of Veterans Affairs to update the system used by hundreds of VA facilities nationwide to schedule and manage veterans’ medical appointments was one of those failed IT projects that have come to hog the spotlight in the post-HealthCare.gov age. In 2009, after eight years...

VA Finally Seeking a Replacement for Its Outdated Scheduling System

August 26, 2014 The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking a “cutting-edge” commercial, off-the-shelf scheduling system to replace the clunky legacy module that helped mire the agency in controversy over long wait times faced by veterans seeking care. By the end of September, VA plans to issue a solicitation for a new system...

VA to Kick Off Hunt For New Patient Scheduling System Next Month

August 26, 2014 The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking a “cutting-edge” commercial, off-the-shelf scheduling system to replace the clunky legacy module that helped mire the agency in controversy over long wait times faced by veterans seeking care. By the end of September, VA plans to issue a solicitation for a new system...

White House to Agencies: Embrace Offbeat Methods for Buying Tech

August 21, 2014 With no plans to return to the moon anytime soon in NASA’s future, the space agency decided to challenge private sector teams, including small startups and academia, to come up with ways to safely land commercial lunar landers on the moon’s surface and transmit data back to Earth. None of...

Is a Senate-Confirmed Federal CIO the Key to IT Reform?

July 30, 2014 The role of federal chief information officer would be elevated to a Senate-confirmed position and would take responsibility for leading a newly created Digital Government Office, within the White House, under a bipartisan proposal introduced Wednesday. The Reforming Federal Procurement of Information Technology Act, which has been circulating on Capitol...