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    Culture and IT modernization

    Attempting to modernize without a comprehensive approach that accounts for an agency's culture, engages its workforce and addresses critical business practices can actually create new or additional challenges that limit effectiveness and negatively affect mission outcomes. 09/18/2020

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    VA taps CARES Act funds for IT

    The Veterans Benefits Administration at the Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to reprogram about $250 million in COVID-19 emergency funding to modernize its troubled education benefits system. 09/16/2020

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    Re-imagining the small-business mentor-protege model

    Steve Kelman looks at the efforts of a non-traditional contractor to bring new firms into the fold. 09/14/2020

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    Delivering outcomes, building trust

    Few things will derail a project as fast as a lack of focus on mission outcomes and maintaining trust. 09/10/2020

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    OPM nominee deflects questions about conspiracy tweets

    John Gibbs, the HUD official selected to lead the Office of Personnel Management, wasn't pressed by lawmakers on a history of controversial tweets of conspiracy theories and calling the Democrats the party of Islam. 09/10/2020

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    DOD refreshes acquisition policies

    The Defense Department released a long-awaited update of policies governing its buying practices, with an eye to rapid technology acquisition. 09/09/2020

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    GAO rounds up mission-critical IT projects

    An overview of 16 key IT projects finds some common risks and pitfalls. 09/08/2020

  • Health IT
    Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization Executive Director John H. Windom, left, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Laura Kroupa, present at the Cerner Health Conference on Oct. 8, 2019, in Kansas City, Missouri. OEHRM is leading the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ transition from its existing electronic health record system to a new one that is interoperable with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Coast Guard.

    VA reboots health record rollout

    Leaders of the VA's $16 billion health record modernization plan look to jumpstart their implementation schedule. 09/03/2020

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    GAO: SSA's contracting guidance lacks agility

    The Social Security Administration has embraced agile software development, but needs to delineate how contracting personnel fit into the picture, says federal watchdog 08/31/2020

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    IRS legacy system problems could be worse than advertised

    A new watchdog report finds additional systems and applications that would be considered legacy under the IT organization's own definition, and hundreds more that might or might not. 08/24/2020

  • Acquisition
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    STARS III deadline draws near

    The STARS II small business contract proved so popular that its ceiling value has been extended several times, but the General Services Administration is ready for its successor. 08/21/2020

  • People
    Jose Arrieta, associate deputy assistant secretary for the HHS Division of Acquisition

    HHS CIO resigns

    Jose Arrieta will depart as the top tech official at the Department of Health and Human Services in the coming weeks. 08/15/2020

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    DHS gets mixed reviews on IT modernization

    The agency is seeing uneven results on two of its most important efforts, cloud migration and data center consolidation, according to a new agency watchdog report. 08/14/2020

  • Digital Government
    A software development team conducts an Iteration Planning Meeting about a software project in the office of Kessel Run, a program within the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, a United States Department of Defense organization, in Boston, Mass., May. 30, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)

    Achieving gains in government IT performance with DevSecOps

    Defense agencies in particular are embracing the idea of blending development, security and operations from day one. 08/12/2020

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    Senate bill would extend full-time federal telework for duration of COVID emergency

    The bill also would steer Technology Modernization Fund dollars to agency efforts to improve telework activities. 08/11/2020

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    Don't tap COVID relief for IT modernization funds

    Taxpayer money spent on the response to the pandemic should be targeted and temporary, with significant transparency and accountability, and should not include a proposed $1 billion addition to the Technology Modernization Fund. 09/23/2020

  • Comment
    gears (adike/Shutterstock.com)

    Culture and IT modernization

    Attempting to modernize without a comprehensive approach that accounts for an agency's culture, engages its workforce and addresses critical business practices can actually create new or additional challenges that limit effectiveness and negatively affect mission outcomes. 09/18/2020

  • Comment
    risk management

    Delivering outcomes, building trust

    Few things will derail a project as fast as a lack of focus on mission outcomes and maintaining trust. 09/10/2020