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Natalie Alms

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Natalie Alms
Natalie Alms is a staff writer at FCW covering federal technology policy, service delivery, customer experience and the government's tech workforce. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University and has written for the Salisbury (N.C.) Post. Connect with Natalie on Twitter at @AlmsNatalie.
Workforce

White House seeks advice on cyber workforce development

The Office of the National Cyber Director is looking for input in a new request for information and will eventually quiz respondents about their ideas.

Digital Government

Two federal IT alums explain how to how to 'hack bureaucracy'

Marina Nitze used to think the government was broken. The former chief technology officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs changed her tune, and now has a book out with Nick Sinai on how to navigate bureaucracies in and out of government.

Digital Government

States must plug into USDA antifraud system for SNAP delivery under new rule

The system, meant to help prevent duplicate participation in a key nutrition program, is expected to make enrollment and oversight easier for state workers who run SNAP and for people receiving benefits.

People

NIH CIO set to retire in December

Andrea Norris, currently the CIO and director of the center for information technology at the National Institutes of Health, has been in charge of the agency's tech portfolio for more than 10 years.

Congress

Digital identity bill heads to the Senate floor

The Senate version referred out of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee does differ from past versions of the Improving Digital Identity Act by removing the provision for a new DHS grant program.

Digital Government

The White House wants to make food assistance programs easier to use -- and tech plays a big part

Modernization and customer experience goals are folded into a new White House National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health that was released Tuesday.

Workforce

Can apprenticeships help address the cyber workforce gap?

The push comes as part of the Labor Department's cybersecurity apprenticeship sprint, which it launched with the Department of Commerce over the summer.

Digital Government

Over $45 billion in unemployment paid to fraudsters during pandemic, watchdog says

The Labor Department's Office of Inspector General says that the department needs to do more to obtain state-level unemployment insurance data to help with antifraud efforts.

Digital Government

Labor Department evolves efforts to assist states in UI delivery

A pilot project meant to give the federal government a more central role in unemployment insurance delivery, is raising questions inside the Department of Labor and in Congress about the role of identity verification and enforcement authority over states in the system.

Workforce

Senators float plan to authorize local-level federal executive boards

The bipartisan Improving Government Efficiency and Workforce Development through Federal Executive Boards Act is designed to strengthen the workforce development activities of the boards.

Congress

Is it time to add IT workforce ratings to the FITARA scorecard?

A new report from ACT-IAC recommends changes to the biannual FITARA scorecard, including adding a category measuring IT workforce capabilities.

Congress

Once again, lawmakers ask if it's time to codify the federal CIO role

Federal CIO Clare Martorana told a House panel about the importance of involving technologists in decision-making early and often.

IT Modernization

Treasury chief: IRS modernization is coming soon

Janet Yellen laid out workforce and modernization priorities for the IRS during remarks on Thursday as the IRS looks to spend the $80 billion infusion from Congress over the next decade.

Digital Government

OMB's 'learning agenda' looks to drive government innovation

The learning agenda, focused on the federal workforce, government service delivery and equity, is meant to spur research across government silos and spark innovation, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

Digital Government

Agencies probe AI's impact on the American workplace

The top official at the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs said that government contractors have an "especially important role to play" in ensuring that automated technology in the workplace doesn't discriminate against qualified job-seekers.

People

GSA’s Login.gov has a new director

The former director of software engineering for the city of Philadelphia is taking the helm of GSA’s Login.gov.

Congress

Senate Dems call on ICE to halt facial recognition and buying from data brokers

Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) are also pressing the immigration enforcement agency to detail their use of surveillance technologies.

Workforce

A cyber workforce strategy is coming from the White House, along with an implementation body to make sure it works

The Office of the National Cyber Director has a workforce plan in development that looks to address public sector and private sector gaps in the cybersecurity profession.

Workforce

White House's cyber office seeks a workforce lead

National Cyber Director Chris Inglis said Wednesday that the cyber workforce problem is a top priority.

People

White House to tap DOD weapons testing lead for Navy acquisition role

The White House intends to nominate current Defense Department Operational Testing and Evaluation Director Nickolas Guertin to be the service’s next acquisition head.