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Amid Shutdown, Feds Figure Out Ways to Fund Food Stamp Benefits. For Now.

States have until Jan. 20 to request an early issuance to make sure they receive February SNAP funding.

Farm Bill Expands Rural Broadband Funding

But some remain concerned that the money will not get to many places that need it to expand access.

Agencies That Cut Telework Took a Beating in Annual Employee Survey

Drops in employee happiness corresponded with shifts in opinions on the agencies' telework policies.

USDA Saved Millions So Far Due to Centers of Excellence

The Agriculture Department has avoided $26 million in spending due to the first phase of its modernization effort.

12 Companies Tapped For Phase II of Agriculture’s Centers of Excellence Journey

The real work begins as a dozen companies sign on to implement the modernization strategies developed in the first phase of the program.

Will Electric Co-ops Close the Digital Divide?

The Federal Communications Commission seems to think they’re part of the solution.

Next Agency to Host GSA Centers of Excellence Will Be Announced by October, Departing TTS Director Says

Outgoing Technology Transformation Service Director Joanne Collins Smee shares the strengths of her organization, what’s next for Agriculture’s Centers of Excellence and when the effort will jump to a new agency.

USDA Wants One Hub to Connect Agency Leaders to Every Employee

The agency wants to pull disparate intranets together and allow two-way communications with employees.

GSA: Phase II Centers of Excellence Bids Will Begin in July

Officials from the General Services Administration and Agriculture Department met with industry about the next phase of IT modernization efforts.

First Modernization Fund Winners Offer Cheat Sheet for Future Pitches

The first three awardees of the Technology Modernization Fund offer a window into the kinds of projects and pitches the board is looking for.

Lawmaker Threatens USDA Officials with 'Legislative Metrics' to Preserve Telework

Rep. Gerry Connolly calls Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s recent rollback of telework at the agency “retrograde.”

Planned Food Stamp Recipients Database Sparks Hacking Fears

Critics say the database is unnecessarily expansive and would be a major draw for hackers.

Survey: Nearly 30 Percent of Feds Report Greater Resistance to Telework

Nearly half of employees who underwent a change in telework policy said the new rules don’t fit their needs.

Centers of Excellence Are A 'Cultural Intervention' For USDA, Says CIO

The department shows a renewed energy and shift in strategic thinking even in the first phase of the program, Agriculture CIO Gary Washington said.