IT Modernization

GSA’s Ascend cloud RFI emphasizes baseline requirements for vendors

The General Services Administration seeks feedback from the private sector on its highly anticipated one-stop shop for federal agencies seeking commercial cloud solutions.

Copyright transfer process moves online

The Library of Congress and U.S. Copyright Office say the system will cut down processing time for copyright documents.

GPO unveils key priorities for 5-year modernization plan

The Government Publishing Office is including a six-step process to emphasize its modernization and innovation efforts over the next five years.

Lawmakers float FITARA changes as scores get dragged down by missing data 

The cyber scores were unreliable due to incomplete data, witnesses told lawmakers.

GAO offers options for improving U.S. semiconductor supply

The prioritization of semiconductor goals—such as protecting national security or improving economic competition—determine which option will prove most important.

Top republican to 'seriously consider pulling the plug' on VA's new EHR system

The ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee plans to introduce legislation before the end of the year to address deficiencies in the rollout of the new Oracle-Cerner electronic health record system.

FITARA 14 sees just one overall A and stagnant grades

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecard did reveal continued struggles in the cybersecurity and Networx transition. 

VA touts improvements but warns of challenges for digital GI Bill platform

The Veterans Benefits Administration is still relying on ‘many legacy IT systems” as part of its digital GI Bill platform, which officials said were causing challenges in keeping up with emerging technologies in congressional testimony on Wednesday.

VA delays go-live of new health record software at Boise medical center

A new third-party cost estimate of the Veterans Affairs health record rollout prepared for Congress suggests that the total cost of the program could exceed $50 billion.

Routing gap in VA health software led to patient harm, watchdog says

An oversight report claims a confusing routing process in the new electronic health record system being fielded by the Department of Veterans Affairs contributed to nearly 150 adverse patient events.

Bad data and old tech hamper CDC's ability track COVID exposures on flights

Because of its clunky, outdated data system, the CDC can't quickly identify how many people were exposed to a sick person on a plane, a recent GAO report states.

State Department releases draft of $10 billion plan to upgrade diplomatic tech

The "Evolve" solicitation is designed to revamp the technology products and services used by U.S. diplomats at home and abroad.

TSP officials promise service will improve after a difficult transition to the new recordkeeping system

Staffing at the call center that serves participants of the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program has already increased 66%, with more on the way.

VA electronic health record system ‘not yet stable enough’ for planned rollouts

The Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center now plans to deploy the Cerner Millennium system a month later than originally planned, with the year’s remaining rollouts pushed to 2023.

TMF announces $95 million in new funding focused on security and networks

The Technology Modernization Fund is announcing a new set of investments to help three agencies meet White House cybersecurity objectives.

TMF methods can drive larger modernization impact, report states

The congressionally mandated IT Operating Plan, released by the federal CIO last week, explains how the methods of the Technology Modernization Fund will help technology procurement and management across the federal enterprise.

Data gap poses risks for launch site of VA’s new health record

The commercial electronic health record system being introduced by the Department of Veterans Affairs is proving difficult and expensive to adapt to the agency’s data reporting requirements.