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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

DOD wants cyber apprenticeships for contractors, but acquisition regs may remain an obstacle

DOD officials say contractors should increase the use of registered cyber apprenticeships, but some companies argue that federal contract requirements often lock them into education and experience prerequisites.

Digital Government

Login.gov is getting new anti-fraud tools, but privacy advocate raises concerns 

GSA is taking comments on a Federal Register notice detailing new fraud prevention and identity verification efforts through Dec. 21.

Congress

Trade groups urge Congress to pass digital identity bill

To make it to the President’s desk, the Improving Digital Identity Act would have to advance through a lame duck session alongside big-ticket to-do items like the annual defense policy and federal appropriations bills. 

Cybersecurity

IG dings State Department's information security program in annual report

The State Department Office of the Inspector General says it found weaknesses in eight of nine domains in an audit of the department's information security program.

Workforce

CISA hires its first 'chief people officer'

NASA's Elizabeth Kolmstetter will be charged with aligning talent recruitment efforts at the cybersecurity agency during an increasingly tight labor market.

People

Former tax chiefs urge the Senate to quickly confirm Biden's IRS nominee

The new commissioner should be a part of setting priorities and making plans, say former tax agency heads.

Digital Government

White House, agencies still sorting out who will pay for cross-agency service delivery work

OMB’s customer experience lead said Tuesday that more specifics for life experience projects will be made public in coming weeks.

Workforce

Contractors, stakeholders offer wish lists for cyber workforce strategy

A rare White House RFI solicited frank discussion from industry on the pain points on cyber workforce recruitment for both the government and federal contractors. 

Digital Government

DOJ looks to improve the FOIA experience with new ‘wizard’

A new FOIA search tool is under development, while forthcoming shared business standards aim to streamline case management systems.

Congress

Maloney introduces presidential records reform bill

Outgoing House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) has a new bill meant to beef up compliance with White House records requirements.

Digital Government

GSA beta tests new 'federal front door'

GSA is testing updates to USA.gov in keeping with the administration's customer experience push, but questions linger about how cross-agency collaboration will work in practice.

Congress

Wyden blasts wide, unfettered government access to passport files

The revelation comes from ongoing probes into a leak investigation at Customs and Border Protection from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

Digital Government

What do CDOs really want? Guidance from the Office of Management and Budget

A new report also found that chief data officers are looking for more funding, more staff and clarity about how the CDO role intersects with agency CIO shops.

Cybersecurity

CISA promises bespoke cyber advice for agencies

A new engagement arm of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is designed to help agencies navigate the crush of cybersecurity requirements.

Digital Government

Civic tech grant looks to correct language barriers in UI claims

A tech nonprofit that sprung up during the pandemic is starting a new project focused on language access in the unemployment system.

Digital Government

Treasury component adds a new office with to focus on fintech

The new Office of Financial Technology is meant to give the Office of the Comptroller of the Current a deeper understanding of fintech.

Digital Government

NIST's coming digital ID update includes standards for biometric proofing

The forthcoming draft of the government's digital identity guidelines take equity into account when it comes to fielding biometric identification tools.

Digital Government

USDA pushes out funds to modernize key nutrition benefit

The Agriculture Department awarded over $50 million in grants last month for WIC modernization and outreach and is pursuing efforts to change regulations to permit online shopping in federally funded nutrition programs.

Workforce

OPM's Ahuja gets an earful from agencies over enhanced pay for cyber talent

The Director of the Office of Personnel Management is navigating the intense competition among federal agencies for in-demand cybersecurity workers.

Digital Government

Federal CIO charts path to streamlining government services

Current restrictions prevent agencies from easily sharing data to support public-facing online tools, but that could change.