adrift in a sea of data

Why chief data officers don't do much tech

In many cases, federal CDOs find themselves focused less on technology and more on playing adviser to leaders within their agencies.

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GAO doesn't trust 2020 census financials

The federal watchdog warns in a new report that the Census Bureau's $12.5 billion price tag for 2020 was not calculated reliably.

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DDM nominee looks to transition, IT modernization

Andrew Mayock, the president's nominee for deputy director of OMB, said his priorities would be modernizing IT, cutting costs and ensuring a seamless transition to the next administration.

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USCIS digital transformation needs work, says watchdog

An immigration agency watchdog says USCIS is making progress in digitizing forms, but still has a lot of work to do in its effort to make forms paperless.

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FDIC still weak on IT security, GAO says

FDIC has significant room for improvement in software patching and reauthorizing user access to its systems, according to GAO.

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Wyden: Rule 41 changes represent another compromise of security and liberty

Government proposals to weaken encryption and expand hacking authorities are cut from the same cloth of uninformed or ill-considered policymaking in response to security threats, according to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

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GAO: IRS can do a better job tracking IT performance

A GAO report recommends that the IRS improve its performance measurement and reporting practices for $2.7 billion worth of IT investments.

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Interior spending $50K per month on unused mobile devices

The Interior Department is wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars annually on mobile devices that are unused or unsecured, according to a new inspector general report.

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FedRAMP Ready or FedRAMP Irrelevant?

Despite GSA’s efforts to accelerate the FedRAMP approval process, the lack of agency reciprocity puts the program’s central goals at risk.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas)

Reps press HHS on ransomware

The Department of Health and Human Services is weighing what kind of disclosures should follow a ransomware attack that involves health records. Two lawmakers urge a light touch.

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Why Beth Angerman sees a shared-services opportunity

Hacks, tight budgets and oversight are driving a governmentwide push to shared services.

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Can ISIS be stopped online?

Experts tell lawmakers that alternative approaches are needed -- including a less-visible government footprint.