FCW Insider: November 18, 2021

The latest news and analysis from FCW's reporters and editors.

White House releases 'vision' for management agenda

The coming president's management agenda will stress the federal workforce, customer service user experience and equity as well as a push to build capacity in financial management and improve acquisition.

Coast Guard completes MHS Genesis deployment

The U.S. Coast Guard has completed its rollout of the military's new commercial electronic health record system, following a long journey that was paused during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recruitment is top of mind for OPM's Kiran Ahuja

"If we want the best talent meeting America's needs, then we need to be smart about creating opportunities for them," Office of Personnel Management Director Kiran Ahuja said at an event hosted by FCW.

Analysis: Are better debriefings driving down protests?

Beginning 2018, the Defense Department started conducting what are called "enhanced" debriefings that allow for more dialogue with companies after they've lost a contract. That means unsuccessful bidders get more information on where their bid fell short without filing a protest.

Quick Hits

*** The Alliance for Digital Innovation named Ross Nodurft, a onetime senior Office of Management and Budget technology and IT leader, as its executive director. Nodurft replaces Matthew Cornelius who departed the trade group to take a staff post on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

*** The Senate Commerce Committee approved the nomination of Laurie Locascio to serve as director of the National Institute for Standards and Technology. The nomination now head to the full Senate for a vote.

*** Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) agreed to conference the United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), a bill that looks to jumpstart domestic semiconductor production and technology research with $50 billion in subsidies designed to spur domestic semiconductor manufacturing and $200 billion in technological research funding to help the U.S. outpace China and the world in robotics, artificial intelligence, advanced communications and more. Schumer had wanted to move the bill as an amendment to the must-pass FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act, but scuttled that idea on Tuesday one day ahead of a key vote because of Republican opposition.

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