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  • Defense
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    Lawmakers grow impatient with delayed Biden budget

    House appropriators worry about Army modernization cuts as White House finalizes fiscal 2022 request. 05/05/2021

  • Workforce
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    House Dems, unions pitch plan to reclassify TSA screeners

    So far, Republicans haven't signed on to a plan to alter the agency's unique personnel situation. Some experts caution that there are untended consequences from a move to put TSA officers under Title 5. 05/05/2021

  • IT Modernization
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    TMF payback rules relaxed for cyber upgrades, pandemic response

    Biden administration officials announced on Tuesday that payback requirements will be relaxed for some projects funded by the recent $1 billion addition to the Technology Modernization Fund. Administrators want urgently needed upgrades that help respond to the pandemic or improve the cybersecurity of federal agencies. 05/04/2021

  • Congress
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    Lawmakers look to strengthen whistleblower protections

    The bill would extend whistleblower protections to non-career employees in the Senior Executive Service, Public Health Service employees, and the commissioned officer corps at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 05/03/2021

  • Defense
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    DOD seeks clean acquisition data for better policy oversight

    Shelby Oakley, the director for contracting and national security acquisition for the Government Accountability Office, said the ability to conduct data-driven oversight was the Pentagon's acquisition office's biggest challenge. 05/03/2021

  • Congress
    U.S. Senator Jack Reed, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, from Rhode Island, speaks with senior leadership from Army Futures Command (AFC), and Austin, Texas area entrepreneurs at Army Applications Laboratory. Senator Reed toured facilities and met with leadership to learn about the AFC mission. (U.S. Army photo by Patrick Enright)

    Senate defense committee delays NDAA markup

    Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman for the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced that the committee would delay marking up the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act due to "uncertainty" in White House budget delivery. 04/29/2021

  • IT Modernization
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    $2.1 billion in UI modernization comes with oversight

    Labor Secretary Marty Walsh told a panel of House Appropriators that the agency's planned $2.1 billion investment in state unemployment systems needs oversight and monitoring, and metrics for measuring success. 04/29/2021

  • Defense
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    Court will hear case against Trump on JEDI

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims denied a motion from the U.S. government to dismiss a complaint from Amazon Web Services alleging undue influence on the award of the $10 billion, 10-year cloud program JEDI to Microsoft. 04/28/2021

  • Congress
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    Former CIO urges lawmakers to relax TMF paybacks

    The $1 billion boost to the Technology Modernization Fund can help agencies, but some changes to strict payback rules will help CIO shops get started on much-needed modernization. 04/27/2021

  • Cybersecurity
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    New bill would task CISA with infrastructure risk assessments

    A new Senate bill would mandate the Department of Homeland Security continually reassess risks to critical infrastructure and that the White House provide a report to lawmakers outlining what legislative steps should be taken to mitigate potential problems. 04/26/2021

  • Defense
    U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, Chairman of the House Armed Service Committee, is briefed on the capabilities of the F-35A Lightning II during his visit at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 10, 2019.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jensen Stidham)

    HASC chair calls for new incentives to reduce defense costs

    Divesting of legacy systems to make way for new technologies is expensive and at the heart of the Defense Department's budget debate. But could new incentives for contractors make a difference? 04/23/2021

  • Workforce
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    OPM nominee plans focus on telework, IT, retirement

    Kiran Ahuja, a veteran of the Office of Personnel Management, told lawmakers that she thinks that the lack of consistent leadership in the top position at OPM has taken a toll on the ability of the agency to complete longer term IT modernization projects. 04/22/2021

  • Congress
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    Lawmakers mull changes to federal climate data sharing

    Multiple federal science agencies produce data on climate risks, but some experts say that the current information-sharing structure is fragmented and often confusing. 04/21/2021

  • Workforce
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    AFGE presses Congress to oppose pay and hiring flexibilities for NSF

    The measure, which would expand the hiring authorities of the director of the National Science Foundation, "bears a striking resemblance" to Schedule F, said AFGE national president Everett Kelley. 04/20/2021

  • Congress
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    House Dems back bill to put guardrails around IGs

    The proposal would limit the power of the president to remove inspectors general to for cause reasons and outline exactly who can serve as an acting IG. 04/20/2021

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  • Comment
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    Why VA's electronic health record mega-project is failing

    The agency's former top technology official explains how management problems, reliance on outmoded development methodology and lack of customer buy-in are combining to sink (for now) a critical modernization project at the Department of Veterans Affairs. 07/26/2021

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    The workforce and mission arguments for modernizing human capital management systems

    HCM software can help improve efficiency through self-service and automation, enable HR to better understand and address employee wellbeing and engagement, and prepare for the future while aligning people resources with the organization’s mission today. 07/23/2021

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    A procurement paradigm for digital government

    By contracting with emerging technology companies that can create and deploy data-driven solutions, agencies can cut down on the number of government contracts and the associated red tape. 07/16/2021