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    White House names Mina Hsiang to lead USDS

    Mina Hsiang is the first woman and first Asian-American to lead the innovation shop. She was part of the U.S. Digital Service when it was launched after the troubled Healthcare.gov rollout. 09/02/2021

  • Defense
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    Air Force chief software officer to resign

    The Air Force's first chief software officer, Nicolas Chaillan, will step down from his role in October, citing lack of funding and being "unempowered to fix basic IT issues." 09/02/2021

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    VA's Cussatt heads to State

    The former acting CIO of the Department of Veterans Affairs is joining the Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and Dr. Neil Evans will lead tech at VA on an acting basis. 08/30/2021

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    DARPA's Pandemic Prevention Platform

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, DARPA's 10 years of funding research and development on DNA and RNA vaccines, including a $25 million award to Moderna to help establish its messenger RNA platform, proved critical. 08/27/2021

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    Christopher Krebs: Truth and consequences

    Krebs spent 2020 working furiously to ensure the integrity of our elections, while also ensuring that ransomware, software supply-chain vulnerabilities and a range of other rapidly escalating risks didn't cripple government operations or the nation's critical infrastructure. 08/27/2021

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    Craig Abod: Taking the pain out of procurement

    Craig Abod and Carahsoft have been working to make IT acquisition decisions easier and more effective. 08/27/2021

  • Learn more about the 2021 Federal 100

    Read all the profiles of this year's winners. 08/24/2021

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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

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    Biden names slate of FSIP appointees

    Months after clearing out Trump appointees, Biden nominated appointees to fill the Federal Services Impasses Panel, a key institution in the federal labor-management relations space. 08/23/2021

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    Can DOD make buying software easier?

    FCW talked with Tory Cuff, senior advisor for agile acquisitions, to get a better understanding of the Adaptive Acquisition Framework's special software pathway and DOD's pilot experiment with "colorless" money. 08/22/2021

  • Soraya Correa

    Government-industry communication, the Soraya Correa way

    Steve Kelman takes a look at the former DHS chief procurement officer's push for reverse industry days and other dialogue-drivers. 08/17/2021

  • Soraya Correa

    A tribute to Soraya Correa, DHS' procurement icon

    Steve Kelman reflects on a 40-year career that brought real innovation to federal acquisition. 08/12/2021

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    Kiran Ahuja's to-do list at OPM

    Kiran Ahuja, the recently installed director of the Office of Personnel Management, has a host of long-standing agency issues to deal with, along with helping implement governmentwide workforce policy to combat the spread of COVID-19. 08/04/2021

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    Michael Brown withdraws nomination for DOD's top acquisition role

    The Defense Innovation Unit's director has requested his name be withdrawn from consideration to be the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, citing delays caused by an ongoing Office of the Inspector General investigation. 07/14/2021

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    Vote delayed on Biden's SBA nominee amid GOP-led filibuster attempts

    Republicans have condemned Dilawar Syed, nominated to serve as deputy administrator for the Small Business Administration, over his involvement with a Muslim advocacy group that has been critical of Israel. 07/13/2021

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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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    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