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  • Oversight
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    Trump transition threatened to fire IGs

    Agency watchdogs told the House Oversight Committee that early worries about a purge of the IG ranks by the Trump transition have been put to rest, but they were still concerned about the possible consequences of the federal hiring freeze. 02/01/2017

  • Congress
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    Chaffetz bill targets feds who owe back taxes

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is looking at changes to workforce and procurement policies, including a bid to crack down on federal employees who have "seriously delinquent" tax debt. 01/30/2017

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    A new (old) way to fund IT modernization

    Steve Kelman suggests that share-in-savings contracting could help agencies solve the funding conundrum and tackle legacy IT. 01/30/2017

  • Critical Read

    Can Trump mend fences with Silicon Valley?

    The government needs to make nice with the commercial technology community over lingering mistrust stemming from revelations of surveillance and faulty encryption standards, according to a new report. 01/27/2017

  • Telecom
    A remote cabin at the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

    Interior making plans in case EIS falls short

    The Department of the Interior is prepping to backfill its telecommunications needs in case GSA's planned Enterprise Infrastructure Services contract can't serve the agency's far-flung operations. 01/27/2017

  • Contracting
    Trump effect

    Trump tweets take IT contracting into uncertain territory

    Presidential comments about high costs of specific contracts and empty top IT slots worry some contractors, but some industry groups and even a federal CIO see glimpses of possible acquisition reform. 01/26/2017

  • Digital Gov
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    Trump's pick for OMB sounds enthusiastic about the Data Act

    Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) stressed the importance of enforcing the DATA Act to both Senate committees he faced as part of his confirmation to lead the Office of Management and Budget. 01/25/2017

  • Congress
    McCain at Heritage today.

    Senators drill down on 2018 defense spending

    Just a month after the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act became law, the Senate Armed Services Committee is starting the process of formulating the 2018 defense budget. 01/25/2017

  • Shutterstock image (by Mascha Tace): business contract competition, just out of reach.

    GSA names top acquisition, GWAC managers

    Senior procurement execs from FCC and Treasury will head GSA's acquisition center and governmentwide IT contracts, including its huge EIS telecom vehicle. 01/25/2017

  • Transition
    Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.)

    More macroeconomics than management at Mulvaney hearings

    Two Senate panels grilled President Trump's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, but the focus was on high-level spending issues rather than the nitty-gritty of governance. 01/24/2017

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    EPA plans tilt to agile

    The Environmental Protection Agency wants to build agility into the acquisition process, move to procure IT services from vendors who specialize in agile and to try to move the culture of the whole agency toward agile methodologies. 01/24/2017

  • CIO Council
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    State of federal IT report charts needs in cyber, workforce

    A weighty report from the CIO Council takes a sweeping view of the challenges facing the federal IT community. 01/23/2017

  • Workforce
    President Donald J. Trump delivers his inaugural address

    Trump signs federal hiring freeze

    As promised during the campaign, President Trump has signed an executive order implementing a hiring freeze across most of the civilian federal workforce. 01/23/2017

  • Defense
    Wikimedia image: Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter holds a press conference with local media at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, on March 18, 2013.

    Secretary Carter says future is bright for DOD

    In his farewell remarks to Department of Defense personnel, Secretary Ash Carter said that the DOD is better and stronger than when he first set foot in the Pentagon 35 years ago. 01/18/2017

  • Comment
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    How to foster an innovation culture in government

    To close the innovation gap between the public and private sector, governments must become applied learning systems that constantly adapt to change. 01/18/2017

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