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Carten Cordell

Managing Editor, Government Executive

Carten Cordell
Carten Cordell is the managing editor at Government Executive. Cordell has covered federal government, technology and acquisition for Federal Times, FedScoop, Washington Business Journal and Nextgov/FCW. An Alabama native, Cordell holds bachelor’s degrees in history and journalism from Auburn University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Writer's Digest and many other publications. He came to GovExec after a stint at Sage Communications, a marketing services agency that focuses on the government contracting market.

OPM issues its final rule for Schedule F protections

The federal HR agency finalized its rule offering protections for career civil servants meant to safeguard against the potential reemergence of the Trump-era Schedule F policy.


OPM: Federal salaries won't be tied to private sector pay histories

Agencies can’t use non-federal salaries to help set pay for new or returning federal employees, under a new rule from the Office of Personnel Management. 


Return-to-office policies may bring potential federal workforce challenges

Deltek posited in its contracting outlook for fiscal 2024 a potential talent crunch tied to the Biden administration’s return-to-office policies. 


FBI’s new headquarters plan was not influenced by the Trump White House, watchdog says

An inspector general report four years in the making found that FBI officials nixed a plan to move its headquarters to suburban Washington, D.C., for reasons not related to alleged political pressure from the Trump administration. 


What does it take to end a government shutdown?

The end of past budget impasses have often played out as calculations of policy goals versus the political pain needed to achieve them, but when the goal is unclear how do you know who wins? 

Digital Government

What does post-pandemic telework look like during a shutdown?

As agencies begin planning for funding to stop on Sept. 30, federal telework guidance will be tested in a post-COVID environment. 

Digital Government

State dives deep into data

The State Department is increasingly capitalizing on advances in data analytics to inform diplomacy and funding efforts.


Amid shutdown anxiety, federal agencies are running up against an IT security deadline

While budget negotiations play out on Capitol Hill, federal agency CIOs are also on the clock to ensure the bulk of their information technology is reported through the CDM program.


Microsoft links Outlook hack to an engineer’s corporate account

The cyberattack that ultimately led to the breach of several U.S. officials’ email accounts was the result of a China-based threat actor accessing a corporate account that contained a consumer signing key, the software giant said.

Artificial Intelligence

Air Force research arm plans AI prototypes contract for command and control efforts

The $99 million broad agency agreement aims to develop artificial intelligence applications that could help optimize all-domain operations.


Energy teases massive IT services recompete in information request

The department is gathering market research for a recompete of its $10 billion CBOSS blanket purchase agreement contract.


FDIC needs to sharpen its cyberthreat sharing with financial institutions, OIG says

Despite recent improvements, a watchdog report claims the agency still has more it can do to make threat-sharing policies more effective. 

Artificial Intelligence

IARPA teases event for large language model vulnerability mitigation tools

The intelligence agency offered details on a new potential contract and October event to showcase tools that can detect and remediate vulnerabilities in large language models.


DHS should assess the benefits of a risk management sharing tool, GAO says

A new report found that the department’s guidance for risk management practices in acquisition programs isn’t specific enough for all programs and could be helped by information-sharing tools.

Emerging Tech

IARPA’s new pants will record your location

The intelligence research agency is crafting smart clothing technology equipped with audio, video and geolocation sensors.


Governmentwide IT contract push is edging out opportunities for small businesses, analyst says

A stream of anticipated governmentwide acquisition contracts will likely put pressure on smaller companies to partner with larger primes to stay in the hunt for fewer opportunities, Deltek’s Carey Webster said.


Federal law enforcement training centers are shopping for enterprise IT services

The interagency organization tasked with training federal, state and local law enforcement officers is prepping for an enterprise IT support services contract that ranges from hardware and software to zero trust architecture and configuration management support.


13 JWCC task orders have been awarded, with more in the works

DISA Director Lt. Gen. Robert Skinner said that the DOD’s enterprise cloud contract has made $200 million in task order awards, with more on the way.


Air Force taps enterprise IT director as new CIO

Officials confirmed the armed service named Venice Goodwine to replace outgoing CIO Lauren Knausenberger.


Oracle’s cloud network gains top secret approval with intelligence agencies

The IT services company received accreditation from the Intelligence Community to host Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information on its cloud infrastructure.