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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.
People

IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel details his hefty tech to-do list

Enabling taxpayers to fully interact with the IRS digitally is a “generational imperative,” the agency head said.

Policy

Lawmakers update proposal to cut down on billions in improper payments

Agencies would be required to include details on their anti-fraud controls and fraud risk management work in annual financial reports.

Exclusive Modernization

IRS is making headway on modernizing 1960s-era tax system, commissioner says

The IRS is currently testing a modernized Individual Master File system in the hopes it can potentially switch to the modern version for the next tax season.

Digital Government

Labor Department debuts website for migrant workers in 6 new languages

“Our mandate includes protecting the rights of all workers,” a department official told reporters this week.

Acquisition

White House procurement office marks 50 years

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has evolved since its inception to ensure the government is “buying as one,” as demonstrated in a new circular on acquisition data and information issued Tuesday.

People

Federal CISO to leave post

Chris DeRusha has held the position of federal chief information security officer since January 2021.

Digital Government

SSA launches public data hub for customer service goals

The new online portal offers a look at how the agency is doing, as its new commissioner passes his 100 day mark on the job.

Acquisition

Connolly presses EPA on air quality IT with new bill

Legislation the Virginia Democrat introduced Tuesday would codify watchdog recommendations to assess decades-old systems at the EPA.

Exclusive Emerging Tech

Mace sponsors bill to push CBP to use blockchain at the border

Customs and Border Protection has already been doing research into how the tech could be used for its mission.

Digital Government

House passes GSA transparency bill to track tech projects

Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said he introduced the bill to respond to the agency's misrepresentations about the capabilities of the government-run digital identity service Login.gov.

Cybersecurity

US advances on cyber goals amid rapidly changing threat environment, White House says

Cyber challenges in U.S. crosshairs include ransomware, AI, supply chain attacks and commercial spyware. A new version of an implementation plan might help address them.

Digital Government

States get streamlined access to Treasury’s Do Not Pay system for unemployment

The move comes as federal agencies have worked with states to combat the rise in jobless aid fraud following the pandemic.

People

Goodbye degree requirements? Biden administration pushes skills-based hiring for tech talent

The Office of Personnel Management announced on Monday that it will be reworking the policies around the 2210 job series — which covers most government tech employees — to be more skills-based.

Digital Government

IRS considers future of Direct File pilot

The agency hasn’t decided if it’ll field the program long term but does say that user feedback of the tool has largely been positive.

People

Login-dot-gov gets new leadership

Dan Lopez, Login’s director since 2022, will be taking on an advisory role inside the Technology Transformation Services at GSA.

Acquisition

House panel advances bill to make federal contracting easier to understand

The Plain Language in Contracting Act would require agencies to use easy-to-understand language for certain procurement notices pertaining to small businesses.

Policy

Bipartisan group looks to push IRS towards simpler math error notices

The IRS MATH Act would require the tax agency to send more specific, straightforward notices when it corrects simple math errors on tax returns.

Acquisition

New rule cements sustainability mandate for federal buyers

A new update to the Federal Acquisition Regulation is meant to help the government meet goals for net-zero procurement by 2050.

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.