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    Why VA must keep Vista healthy

    The moratorium on further Vista investment put in place three years ago creates major strategic issues for the Department of Veterans Affairs as the agency looks to put Cerner's commercial electronic health record system in place. 08/24/2021

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    TMF, cyber EO drive modernization at Labor, CIO says

    The unprecedented investment in IT and cybersecurity resources have provided agencies like the Department of Labor with a historic opportunity to tackle some of their loftiest modernization plans. 08/24/2021

  • Management
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    Want to lead in IT? Find a subject to master.

    The former CIO at the IRS and DHS explains why early-career expertise is the key to successful leadership. 08/23/2021

  • Digital Gov
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    Report: Agencies aren't fielding interactive digital forms

    A law passed in 2018 requiring executive agencies to make online versions of paper-based forms used by the public, but only a few are fully compliant according to a new report. 08/22/2021

  • Cybersecurity
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    Census servers hacked in 2020

    A watchdog report indicates that aging remote-access servers at the Census Bureau were successfully targeted by hackers in early 2020 using a known vulnerability, and while no data was stolen, the incident revealed flaws in the bureau's cybersecurity response. 08/18/2021

  • Congress
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    Senate panel wants DHS to focus intel activities on foreign threats

    The Senate version of the annual intelligence authorization bill, which passed out of committee last week, includes a warning to DHS' intelligence arm to distinguish more carefully between its foreign and domestic missions. 08/13/2021

  • Defense
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    Navy looks to build cyber resilience beyond RMF

    The Navy wants to fortify its cyber resilience to keep pace with rapid software development needs, but changing workforce habits has to come first. 08/13/2021

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    State Department expands push to the cloud

    The State Department wants to go all in on the cloud, starting with a new multiplatform toolset to add flexibility and innovation to IT services. 08/11/2021

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    Why digital transformation is a process, not a destination

    The agencies that may feel they don't have the time to fully implement digital transformation are the very ones that stand the most to gain. 08/09/2021

  • Management
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    OMB report highlights major barriers to equity in federal programs

    Onerous paperwork, complex requirements and opaque guidelines are just some of the many roadblocks preventing racial equity across government services, a new report says. 08/09/2021

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    How VA can succeed with its EHR mega-program

    The former CIO of the Department of Veterans Affairs offers some ideas for course correction in the agency's flagging $20 billion–plus Electronic Health Records Modernization program. 08/04/2021

  • IT Modernization
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    Agencies have proposed more than $2B in TMF projects since new funding was approved

    Federal CIO Clare Martorana told a House subcommittee that 108 project proposals have been submitted to the Technology Modernization Fund across 43 agencies, with 75% focusing on cybersecurity since the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act. 07/29/2021

  • IT Modernization
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    TMF could help solve records request backlog for veterans, lawmakers say

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House Oversight and Reform Committee wants the National Archives and Records Administration to apply for funding from the Technology Modernization Fund to modernize its IT systems and clear its backlog of 500,000 records requests from veterans. 07/27/2021

  • Comment
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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

  • IT Modernization
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    OMB provides key guidance for TMF proposals amid surge in submissions

    Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat details what makes for a winning Technology Modernization Fund proposal as agencies continue to submit major IT projects for potential funding. 07/15/2021

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    Leveraging OSCAL for FedRAMP authorizations

    An automated FedRAMP review process will speed up authorizations, drive continuous improvement and put cloud service providers in the driver's seat. 09/07/2021

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    It's time for government tech to address inequities in service delivery

    Civil servants and vendors have traditionally approached government software with a mindset that has created administrative burdens – a confusing online application can stand in the way of someone getting healthcare, food assistance and unemployment insurance. 09/03/2021

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    VA facility in Cincinnati 2020 Editorial credit: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com

    Why VA must keep Vista healthy

    The moratorium on further Vista investment put in place three years ago creates major strategic issues for the Department of Veterans Affairs as the agency looks to put Cerner's commercial electronic health record system in place. 08/24/2021