Workforce

GSA's Murphy releases transition funds to Biden

More than two weeks after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election by the Associated Press, the General Services Administration is releasing $7.3 million in transition funding and making other resources available to the president-elect's team.

Workforce

DOD fails third audit, but sees progress with cost-savings

The Defense Department boasts cost savings as it chases a clean audit. But using the $1 billion audit to find savings could be short-sighted.

Digital Government

White House mulls CXO role at agencies

The White House is considering whether to formalize the customer experience officer role, but also thinking about the position's impact on IT.

Cybersecurity

CMMC clears key regulatory hurdle

The White House approved an interim rule to mandate defense contractors prove they adhere to existing cybersecurity standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Acquisition

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.

Workforce

Delivering outcomes, building trust

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

IT Modernization

GSA's Stanton faces busy fall

Telecom, small business contracts, e-commerce platform are top of mind for the head of GSA's Office of Information Technology Category.

Workforce

DOD CMO boasts $11B in savings as Congress moves to cut position

The Defense Department has saved $11 billion in the past two years thanks to reform efforts, said Lisa Hershman, DOD's chief management officer.

Workforce

What our COVID response says about public management

Testing is all well and good, Steve Kelman notes, but true follow-through is the hard part.

Cybersecurity

NDAA could require closer tracking of DOD researchers

A provision added to the House version of the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act raised privacy concerns, but security considerations won out.

Workforce

Congress weighs fate of DOD's chief management officer

The Defense Department's chief management office is, again, fending off political pressure to eliminate it.

Digital Government

Cyber and IT challenges remain as Census resumes operations

The IT systems needed to carry out the 2020 Census still face numerous testing challenges and unaddressed critical cybersecurity flaws, according to a new oversight report.

Acquisition

Infrastructure readiness lags behind VA health record plans

The first go-live date for the Cerner health record at a VA facility was delayed first because of readiness problems and then because of COVID-19 pandemic, but an oversight report indicates that infrastructure woes plagued the project almost from the beginning.

Acquisition

Even when government gets it right, it gets no credit -- a ventilator story

Steve Kelman spotlights a story of smart acquisition hidden behind a doom-and-gloom headline.

Cybersecurity

CISA stress tests DHS telework capacity

Not every agency will be ready to flip the switch from F2F to WFH, according to experts and former officials.

IT Modernization

Improving government services in 2020

Martha Dorris offers 10 predictions for how agencies will improve CX this year.

Workforce

FDA wants to upgrade ethics filing platform

The Food and Drug Administration aims to improve the way documents for ethics rules compliance are filed and tracked.

IT Modernization

Iowa and the maladministration of technology

Government agencies take note: When IT is woven into essential civic missions, failed execution can threaten the entire enterprise.

Workforce

Key agencies still lack confirmed watchdogs

Expert says lack of confirmation sends message that inspectors general are undervalued, ineffective

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