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Agencies Turn In ‘Best FITARA Scorecard Ever’

Collectively, the federal government improved its oversight grades in IT modernization.

Congress Moves to Block OPM-GSA Merger

A provision in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would first require an independent study of the challenges facing the Office of Personnel Management.

Grading My 2019 GovTech Predictions

Did I pull an Icarus and fly too close to the sun?

Work Is a Fundamental Part of Being Human. Robots Won't Stop Us Doing It.

Works plays a central role in human development.

Democratic Senators Urge Social Security to Restore Telework

Lawmakers ask the agency to reconsider its decision to end a 6-year-old pilot program, citing concerns about the burden it places on employees and productivity.

House Passes Bill to Boost STEM Access for Minority Students

The bill calls for increased federal investments and outreach to support the institutions and diversify the STEM domain.

Survey: Ransomware Will Continue to Threaten Public Sector Organizations in 2020

About one-third of the state and federal IT officials who responded said they faced a ransomware attack in the last three years. 

Defense Digital Service Seeks Platform that Could Automate Hiring Process

Officials are looking for technical solutions that boost automation and reduce unconscious bias.

Our Predictions About the Internet Are Probably Wrong

It’s easy to forget how unforeseeable the “unforeseeable” really is

Microsoft and Pentagon to Kick Off JEDI Cloud Prep 

Microsoft and Defense Department officials will meet for three days to discuss the cloud project despite Amazon lawsuit.

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Maryland Senator Says President is the 'Wild Card' in Spending Negotiations 

While Democrats and Republicans negotiate on appropriations, it’s unclear how the president will react. 

TSA Isn’t Doing Enough To Ensure Screening Tech Continues Working Over Time, Watchdog Says

A report shows the airport security agency is good at building and deploying tech but doesn’t have a process to ensure those tools keep operating at a high level.

Amazon Claims Pentagon Got Almost Everything Wrong in JEDI Evaluation

The company alleges the president’s public beef with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos influenced “substantial and pervasive errors” in the Defense Department’s technical evaluation of bids.

GAO Handbook Helps Answer Whether That New Tech Is Right For Your Agency

The handbook outlines how the Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics Office prepares reports for Congress, but the principles can be applied to any organization looking at new technologies.

What Veterans Affairs Aims to Accomplish Through Its Artificial Intelligence Institute

The agency plans to streamline and advance its AI efforts to better meet veterans’ needs. 

Sensitive Data Must Be Protected. That Doesn’t Mean It Can’t Also Be Used.

Two promising tools may allow agencies to share data while maintaining privacy and security requirements.

Amazon’s Bezos Hits Silicon Valley For Not Working With Pentagon

His comments come as his company fights to wrest DOD’s giant cloud contract from Microsoft.