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'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...

TSA Awards Accenture $64M for Agile IT Modernization

April 26, 2017 Accenture Federal Services has scored a $64 million contract to modernize the Transportation Security Administration's IT programs. The company plans to apply agile methodology—breaking large projects into smaller chunks, developed in sprints—to its update of more than 70 software applications for TSA. The Department of Homeland Security has broadly been...

If the Government Shuts Down, Some of Its Websites, Databases and IT Do Too

April 26, 2017 If Congress and the White House’s negotiations fail to avoid a government shutdown, it’s not just federal employees who don’t show up for work. Contingency plans dictate which technology remains on, gets updates or goes dark. Agencies have been prepping for a shutdown, although as of Tuesday, it seemed less...

Criminals Will Need a 'Face Off' Machine to Beat Biometrics If IARPA Project Succeeds

April 25, 2017 What good is a fingerprint scanner if the criminal is wearing fake fingers? Or if they’ve transplanted their toeprints to their fingerprints to prevent law enforcement from matching them to a database? What if they dilated their eyes to confound iris scans? Biometric data—images of an individual’s physical characteristics—might help...

DHS IG Investigates If CBP Abused Authority to Unmask Anti-Trump Twitter User

April 24, 2017 The Department of Homeland Security is investigating whether a recent effort to unmask a Twitter user critical of President Donald Trump’s administration was “improper in any way.” Last month, a Customs and Border Protection agent in a summons demanded Twitter hand over the details of the @ALT_USCIS account, including user...

Justice, 18F Partner for Government-wide FOIA Portal

April 21, 2017 If all goes according to plan, you'll soon be able to submit Freedom of Information Act requests to any agency through one streamlined website. At least, that's what the Justice Department and the General Services Administration's digital consulting team 18F are hoping to achieve; the two groups are collaborating on...

Senators Urge Trump to Fill Top White House Science and Tech Spots

April 21, 2017 A group of Democratic lawmakers is urging President Donald Trump to fill the science and technology posts left vacant in the White House when Barack Obama’s administration left. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., led a group of other senators asking Trump to hurry up and hire qualified candidates to serve as...