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FCW Insider: May 20

The General Services Administration is bringing back a large-scale conference for federal buyers and vendors, but the agency's leader Emily Murphy promises it won't be a "return to Expo." The agency is also pushing forward with centralized cloud resources. Mark Rockwell has more.

The White House is proposing legislation for a dramatic overhaul of human resources inside government, with the Office of Personnel Management becoming a service inside GSA. The administration wants $50 million to execute the plan. Meanwhile, OPM is tapping GSA's IT expertise to accelerate modernization ahead of the formal merger. Adam Mazmanian explains.

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) has a pile of unfinished business when it comes to changes to the back office agencies that comprise the Pentagon's Fourth Estate. Thornberry is in the minority now on the House Armed Services Committee, but as Lauren C. Williams reports, he's hoping to pass legislation that restricts funding to defense agencies that fail to implement business reforms.

Quick Hits

*** Adam Drake, a 2019 Presidential Innovation Fellow, is working to modernize U.S. Marine Corps logistics through artificial intelligence, organizational change management and technology updates. The work, he explained in an interview with FCW's sibling publication GCN, means making data "available across the Corps in a way that has never been done before.

*** The Department of Housing and Urban Development is leaning on its relationship with the General Services Administration's Centers of Excellence to establish an Office of the Chief Data Officer to "manage data as a strategic asset" according to a request for information posted on GitHub. The provider will also be charged with establishing an enterprise-wide framework for data governance and working to develop budget statements and justifications for Congress.

*** Also, a special note for our readers in industry: Don't miss Washington Technology's June 7 Power Training -- a daylong professional development course on Mastering Stakeholder Engagement. Click here to learn more and register.

Posted on May 20, 2019 at 6:33 PM


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