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Natalie Alms

Staff Reporter, Nextgov/FCW

Natalie Alms
Natalie Alms is a staff reporter at Nextgov/FCW covering federal technology policy, service delivery, customer experience and the government's tech workforce. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University and has written for the Salisbury (N.C.) Post. Connect with Natalie on Twitter at @AlmsNatalie.
Exclusive Digital Government

30,000 died in fiscal 2023 waiting for disability decisions from Social Security

SSA Commissioner Martin O’Malley sat down with Nextgov/FCW recently to talk through the agency’s biggest challenges, including how it delivers disability assistance.

Digital Government

100,000 have used IRS Direct File to submit their tax returns

The agency has not yet determined whether the pilot program for the tool will be extended into a permanent offering.

Cybersecurity

HHS removed Login from its grantee payment system after funding theft

Hackers used data from a federal contracting hub to steal funding from seven grantee organizations in an HHS breach that occurred last year. Both HHS and GSA say that Login.gov was not compromised or connected to the theft.

Digital Government

GSA to pilot face matching technology this summer for Login

The agency is also rolling out a new pricing model for agencies that want to use in-house single sign-on.

Digital Government

White House, Senate Democrats tout new $1.4B anti-fraud proposal

Among the efforts that would see funding under the sweeping proposal are a new “early warning system” for fraud in government benefits.

Exclusive Acquisition

Mace sponsors bill to ban educational requirements for government contractors

The bill tracks with ongoing bipartisan efforts to push the government towards skills-based hiring.

People

DHS names a new CISO

Hemant Baidwan will be in charge of securing DHS information technology systems.

Exclusive Acquisition

Senate bill looks to chop through red tape in procurement

The bipartisan legislation aims to both expand access to special acquisition authorities and give new, innovative contractors more opportunities to work with the government.

Digital Government

Lawmakers propose extending pandemic analytics center beyond 2025 sunset

Oversight officials say that the Pandemic Analytics Center of Excellence needs to survive past the looming sunset date, unlike a similar analytics center used to oversee stimulus spending that shuttered in 2015.

People

Top women officials say there’s more work to do on gender balance in government tech

Women seem to be far more common in government’s top tech leadership positions than they used to be, but “we are far from done,” one such leader warns.

Digital Government

Help wanted: Regulators worldwide need tech expertise

As economies continue to digitize, governments say they need more technological expertise to evaluate companies and technology, as well as detect problems.

Artificial Intelligence

New White House policy mandates safeguards for federal AI use

The White House also announced new hiring goals for AI talent, a request for information on the procurement of AI and more.

People

NAPA's Terry Gerton to step down

The longest-serving president of the influential public policy group is leaving at the end of the year.

Digital Government

TMF, USDS hit with cuts in 2024 funding bill

The Technology Modernization Fund alone is slated for a $100 million clawback of American Rescue Plan Act funding under the appropriations package released Thursday.

Digital Government

House Democrats say they’re still concerned with CBP One

The app is part of the administration’s push to encourage migrants to use legal pathways to enter the U.S.

People

Tech, AI feature in new White House order to advance women's health research

First Lady Jill Biden argued a lack of such research has led to healthcare practices that are largely “based on men.”

Exclusive Cybersecurity

OPM pitches Congress on a federal cyber workforce revamp

Agencies are competing for talent because of an uneven landscape of authorities, according to the personnel agency, which says its proposal can change that.

Modernization

IRS has some of the oldest tech in government — it’s trying to change that

Agency leadership views the “historic funding” provided under the Inflation Reduction Act as an opportunity to get out from under the list of needed tech improvements that have long plagued the IRS.