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Federal Spending Data is Due: Is Anyone Making Deadline?

May 9, 2017 Three years after the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act was signed, federal agencies are uploading their financial data to USASpending.gov, an effort to make government operations more transparent to the public. A beta version of the site, where some of that data is currently accessible, was launched Tuesday by the...

DHS Wants to Verify Drones, Devices are What They Say They Are

May 8, 2017 The Homeland Security Department wants to ensure its electronic devices can't be spoofed, and it's looking to the private sector for help. DHS' Silicon Valley outpost is gathering applications from companies that can help it assure the identity of devices on its networks, potentially including wearables and drones. For instance,...

Watchdog: Updated Census Could Face Problems In 2020

May 5, 2017 The 2020 Census might see technological improvements over the 2010 survey—respondents might be able to answer questions online, for instance—but those changes could introduce new risks, a watchdog report says. The Census Bureau has planned several technological updates, which also include using administrative records from the U.S. Postal Service to...

Travelers May Overstay Visas Because of Tech Struggles

May 4, 2017 IT problems might allow foreign travelers to overstay their legal welcome in the United States. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's fragmented IT systems, which often aren't interoperable, could be causing the agency to miss instances of visa overstays, according to the Homeland Security Department's Office of the Inspector General. In some...

Agency Leaders Should Be Accountable for Protecting Data, Former DHS Chief Says

May 3, 2017 President Donald Trump's long-awaited cybersecurity executive order is expected to shift away responsibility for information security from agency chief information officers to agency heads. Michael Chertoff, homeland security secretary under President George W. Bush, thinks that's the right move. Within federal agencies, "a significant failure of security that causes a...

Automation Could Boost Federal Productivity—And Save $41B a Year

May 3, 2017 Automating simple tasks such as opening emails, collecting social media statistics and conducting repetitive calculations could save the federal government billions of dollars annually, a report shows. The federal government stands to save a minimum of $3.3 billion and 96.7 federal work hours by creating bots that can free up...

'They Get It,' Lawmaker Says of Trump's Innovation Office

May 2, 2017 President Donald Trump's new White House office dedicated to improving government services has supported lawmakers' efforts to pass IT modernization legislation, one member of Congress said. Trump's presidential memorandum established the Office of American Innovation in March. The nascent team, whose mission is to broadly improve government services, is helmed...

HHS Secretary: Doctors Should Deal With Patients, Not Computers

May 1, 2017 Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says improving health information technology is a key priority for the department. The former Georgia representative spoke at HHS’ annual Health Datapalooza event last week, where he sketched out plans to help physicians do their jobs better by helping improve the technological backbone...

Trump's DHS CIO Pick is a Former Secret Service Agent, Hedge Fund CISO

April 28, 2017 A former special agent who served 25 years within the Secret Service will soon lead the Homeland Security Department's information technology operations. President Donald Trump plans to name Richard Straropoli to DHS' top tech spot Friday, according to a White House announcement. Straropoli will join the federal government from the...

Trump Aide Signals Spending Data Will Be Critical to Modernizing Government

April 27, 2017 If federal agencies don’t make their spending data public in the next several days, they will miss a critical milestone outlined in the 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. The DATA Act requires agencies to provide standardized financial data to the Treasury Department by May 9. Treasury and the Office...