IT Modernization

How USPTO Avoided the Strains of Pandemic-Forced Mass Telework

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Chief Information Officer Jamie Holcombe shared new details about the agency's increased productivity.

VA Wants a Veteran-Owned Business to Upgrade Wichita Facility’s IT Ahead of Health Records Rollout

The deployment of Veterans Affairs’ new electronic health record program has been on hold while the agency deals with COVID-19 but the agency wants to get Wichita’s infrastructure ready to roll.

VA Wants to Automate Digitization of its 5-Mile-High Electronic Health Record Backlog

Veterans Affairs is looking to robotic process automation to help digitize its backlog and integrate with the new electronic health record platform.

NASA Watchdog Reports on Why the Agency Still Struggles with Cybersecurity

Almost half of the controls in an overarching shared system were assessed as deficient.

OMB Names Two More Lead Offices for New Shared Services Regime

The announcement comes after two more agencies completed their marketplace implementation plans.

Critical Update: How the Coronavirus is Changing Federal Work

“Government is traditionally seen as this old, ancient, antiquated system … How [does this change] the future of work for government?”

USDA’s Chad Sheridan Says Goodbye to Government Service—For Now

After driving IT transformation and helping launch Farmers.gov, he’s heading to the private sector to work as a chief innovation officer.

Clock Starts on Naming Leaders, Beginning Work on Evidence Act

Agencies now have official guidance on how to meet the first phase of requirements under the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act.

Shifting Priorities, Metrics Lead To Relatively Flat FITARA Grades

The latest scorecard showed agencies are making progress in key areas. But new metrics and a few backslides brought most grades back down.

Agencies a Step Closer to Open Data, Chief Data Officers

The OPEN Government Data Act, tucked inside the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act, passed the House.

IT Modernization Bill Heads to President

Congress passes the Modernizing Government Technology Act as part of the defense authorization bill.

Lawmakers to Agencies on FITARA: Get It Together

A House oversight committee pushed IT leaders to set more ambitious upgrade goals after its fifth assessment of federal agencies’ technology.

Agency Scores Fall in Latest FITARA Scorecard

The new metric on software licensing knocked many agencies' grades down.

Watchdog: Agencies Find Old Development Habits Die Hard

Only four agencies had policies and processes in place to develop software in increments.

Farmers to Congress: We Need Broadband, Too

Agriculture and energy companies in rural areas want to find efficiencies with internet of things devices, but lack of high-speed access is a problem