Government watchdog's emerging tech lab teams with Centers of Excellence program at GSA

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The Government Accountability Office and the General Services Administration have teamed up to speed the evolution of GAO's Innovation Lab for auditing using GSA's Centers of Excellence effort.

"With this latest CoE engagement, we look forward to building upon our prior work transforming federal IT to improve services to citizens," said Bob De Luca, CoE executive director, in a March 3 statement. "Leveraging the CoE modernization approach will help GAO further its mission of helping the government save money and work more efficiently."

GAO's work would fall within GSA's cloud center, a GSA spokesperson told FCW in an email. The CoE effort, they said, is driven by what customers want, and the agency is exploring new ways to use the resource.

GAO set up its Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics team last January to expand science and technology assessment services to Congress, audit federal science and technology projects, as well as prototype data science capabilities and emerging technologies. GAO's Innovation Lab is part of the STAA, and acts as a development sandbox to test and develop new auditing technologies and capabilities, according to GAO.

GSA and GAO said on March 3 that they would use the GSA's Technology Transformation Services' CoE initiative to guide and operationalize the Innovation Lab's work, providing additional technical infrastructure and cloud support.

The CoE will help speed up obtaining authorization to operate certification for the Lab's cloud-based services and tools and help develop the lab's scalable, secure computational environment that supports auditing prototyping for novel data sciences.

Other CoE partners include the Departments of Agriculture, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, the Defense Department's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center and the Office of Personnel Management.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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