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DHS Wants to Overhaul System Storing Sensitive Critical Infrastructure Data

April 20, 2016 The Homeland Security Department is looking to overhaul a decade-old system for collecting sensitive information from the nation’s critical infrastructure operators that generates reams of paperwork and that the agency says has fallen behind the times. The Protected Critical Infrastructure Information Program, or PCII, stores security reviews and other information...

EPA’s Digital Chief Steps Down

April 19, 2016 Greg Godbout, the chief technology officer of the Environmental Protection Agency and head of the agency’s digital services team, is stepping down after a year on the job. Godbout will join Danish software company cBrain on May 1, according to a company press release published today. Godbout, who helped co-found...

Cybersecurity Still ‘At-Risk’ Career Field in the Federal Government

April 19, 2016 Cybersecurity remains an "at-risk" career field in the federal government, according to a new memo from the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management that tasks agencies with shoring up skills gaps. OPM recently “revalidated” the need to close skills gaps in certain “high-risk mission critical occupations,” acting OPM...

Software Savings Bill Advances in House

April 18, 2016 A bipartisan bill prodding agencies to get a better handle on duplicative software licenses is headed for a vote by the full House after gaining passage from a key committee last week. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on April 14 unanimously approved the “Making Electronic Government Accountable by...

What You Probably Didn't Know About the US CIO Role

April 15, 2016 Pop quiz: What is Tony Scott’s job title? If you’re a regular Nextgov reader, you probably said “federal chief information officer.” But that’s only half-right. While “federal CIO” is easy shorthand to describe Scott’s role and is the term preferred by the White House and most of the tech trade...

VA Changes Course on Scheduling System Again

April 15, 2016 Last year, the Veterans Affairs Department awarded a massive $624 million contract to health care tech giant Epic Systems to replace a creaky 1980s-era scheduling system that officials blamed, in part, for the scandal involving manipulated appointment books and long wait times for veterans seeking care. But now, VA has...

Archaic Federal Tech: Agencies Turn to ‘Parts Graveyards’ to Find Obsolete Gear

April 13, 2016 The White House already has a list of critical federal IT systems in need of upgrading that could be financed under a newly proposed IT modernization fund -- if Congress agrees to dole out the funding. The list of “high-value assets” was supplied by agencies as part of a security...

White House Is About to Name a New Cyber Official

April 12, 2016 U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott says the Obama administration is currently vetting a handful of candidates for the long-awaited chief information security officer position and will likely make an official hire in the next 30 days. Speaking at an event today on the cybersecurity workforce sponsored by the Christian...

OPM Seeks Social Media Tracking for Background Checks

April 11, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management is preparing for a pilot program to automatically track public social media postings of people applying for security clearances. OPM is conducting market research to find companies that can perform automated social media tracking and other types of Web crawling as part of the background...

White House Sends Bill for $3B IT Fund to Congress

April 8, 2016 The White House has formally sent to Congress proposed legislation to establish a $3 billion revolving fund to help federal agencies upgrade aging IT systems. U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott announced the news Friday in a post on the Office of Management and Budget blog. Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer,...