CIO Briefing

Agencies to Have Wide Latitude In Deciding Which Jobs to Strip of Civil Service Protections

OPM issued initial instructions Friday for implementing a Trump executive order that allows federal policy-making positions to be converted from career jobs to at-will appointments.

How to Use COVID-19 Testing and Quarantining to Safely Travel for the Holidays

COVID-19 testing is not as simple as yes or no, infected or safe.

The Coronavirus Surge That Will Define the Next 4 Years

Cases are rising in all but nine states. Unlike the past two waves, this one has no epicenter.

What the Rise of Digital Handouts on Venmo and Cash App Says about Our Fraying Social Safety Net

There's an uptick of people tuning to Twitter to ask for financial support during the pandemic.

OMB Official Says Evidence Act Implementation Guidance May Come in Early 2021

Two Office of Management and Budget officials discussed the guidance at the first meeting of the Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building.

Congress Faces Contentious Cyber Proposals When NDAA Conference Kicks Off

Industry groups are hoping these will lead to greater investment in government intelligence services to protect their assets.

Governance Experts Assail White House Effort to Strip Federal Employees of Rights

Good government groups, unions and lawmakers were nearly unanimous in their scorching criticism of an executive order that could strip protections for hundreds of thousands and politicize the federal workforce.

3 Tips from Federal HR Pros on Recruiting Talent in a Pandemic

Proactive federal agencies are recruiting where the talent is: online.

VA Piloting AI to Predict Mortality Rates of COVID-19 Patients

The tool has been in development since the spring and is now being piloted ahead of a larger rollout, VA officials said.

NGA Offers Cash Prizes for Tech that Can Identify a Location By Its Sound

The agency intends to figure out whether specific locations can be distinguished using sound-based machine learning methods.

Religious Life Was Converting to Tech Before COVID

Livestreamed services, which people view from home, are the new normal.

NIST Needs Tech Providers Help Developing Zero-Trust Practice Guide

But the agency is vetting potential participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

‘Stunning’ Executive Order Would Politicize Civil Service

President Trump signs directive that will potentially pull thousands of federal employees in "policy-making" positions out of the competitive service, making them at-will employees.

Pentagon Still Hammering Out Acquisition Strategies Needed to Enable DevSecOps, Officials Say

The Defense Department needs to educate its workforce on what DevSecOps means for them, the Pentagon’s Katie Arrington said.

What’s Next in IT Modernization

Pandemic or not, federal agencies continued efforts to update their legacy systems and adopt modern ways of buying, developing and implementing technology.