Acquisition

Agile at scale

Federal agencies are embracing agile development, but new ways of thinking are needed to make it work at government scale.

IT Modernization

Little progress on IT governance, says NASA IG

An oversight body found little change in IT governance at NASA four years after a critical report and wonders if the space agency can effectively oversee its IT assets.

IT Modernization

The coming federal ERP systems battle

Enterprise systems, with their countless customizations and business rules, can be modernization nightmares. But innovative applications and cost considerations are pushing agencies toward the cloud.

IT Modernization

Senators urge VA to lean on DOD in health record push

The chairmen of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Armed Services committees hope that VA will learn from the Pentagon's commercial health record deal.

IT Modernization

A long slog ahead for VA health record modernization

Lawmakers who welcomed the news of VA's plan to shift to a commercial health record now have to strap in for a multi-year implementation.

IT Modernization

DISA and DOD work through shared pain points

As DISA develops much of the architecture and infrastructure to facilitate the DOD's Joint Information Environment, the two entities are working through a range of growing pains.

IT Modernization

Timeline, budget for VA health record switch in progress

VA Secretary David Shulkin told a Senate panel it could take up to six months before a plan is in place to acquire services from commercial electronic health record provider Cerner.

IT Modernization

Army official: Soldier needs should drive tech acquisition

The Army, and the DOD more broadly, must build out tech acquisition requirements based on the needs of the soldiers in the field, not commanders or acquisition officials, says one Army official.

IT Modernization

Do we still need systems integrators?

David Eaves argues that any modern IT system should be designed from the outset to talk to other systems.

Cybersecurity

Why compliance demands a DevOps approach

Security compliance doesn't have to stifle innovation -- it should baked into the agile development process.

IT Modernization

OMB seeks more specific IT spending data

New guidance instructs agencies to break out investments for seven standard "support IT" categories.

IT Modernization

IG: DISA needs a 3-year ATO for collaboration tool

The Pentagon's inspector general said DISA has complied with software management procedures for the lifecycle management of Defense Collaboration Services, but needs to mitigate risk levels to obtain a full 3-year authority-to-operate.

IT Modernization

How government can securely move IT systems to the cloud

To manage the risks and maximize the opportunities, agencies keep five key considerations in mind.

IT Modernization

Why the Vista sunset is not a big deal

With Vista no longer supported by Microsoft, Windows 7 is the next major operating system scheduled for obsolescence.

IT Modernization

VA mulls cloud-based version of Vista

The Department of Veterans Affairs is examining the possibility of keeping its Vista health record, but as an outsourced, commercialized cloud-based service.

IT Modernization

What DOD's next CIO will have to deal with

It could be months before the Defense Department has a new CIO, and he or she will face a host of organizational and operational challenges from Day One

IT Modernization

VA's most important 2017 decision

A senior VA official told FCW that the decision, expected in July, to retain or move off of the homegrown Vista health record system is the most important move the agency will make this year.

Digital Government

Why Trump should dump spreadsheets

Many agencies still create multi-billion-dollar budgets in Excel spreadsheets, making it difficult to avoid the exact kind of waste the Office of Management and Budget wants to eliminate.

IT Modernization

DLA goes virtual

The Defense Logistics Agency is in the midst of an ambitious campaign to eliminate its IT infrastructure and transition to using exclusively shared, hosted and virtual services.

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