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Federal Agencies Enthusiastic But Lagging In Yearly Evaluation Implementation

A report measuring the growth and efficiency of federal agencies’ internal evaluation methods found that despite evaluation officials being adequately equipped and most government offices enthusiastic about evaluation procedures, the implementation of actual results from such processes is broadly lagging.  Authored by the think tank Data Foundation, the report analyzes government agencies’ adherence to the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act.…

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Dev[SecAudCom]Ops—Not Really, But Don’t Overlook Audit and Compliance as Part of Security

The IT world at large is littered with acronyms, abbreviations and slang, often reflecting attempts to simplify complex concepts. For instance, the idea of network-based computing has been around for decades, but calling it “the cloud” didn’t start until about 2006, when then-Google CEO Eric Schmidt used the term at a conference. Today, what was an IT industry-specific concept now…

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What Lies Ahead for Federal IT Modernization

When coming to the end of an eventful year, it’s a common urge to wonder what the future holds. The Advanced Technology Academic Research Center, or ATARC, hosted a webcast on Dec. 8 that invited government experts and business technology leaders to address different aspects of what agency futures hold in terms of the path forward for federal IT modernization.…

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Building Out Digital Services Requires Balance and Customer Trust, Officials Say

The hardest challenge in implementing digital services in federal agencies will always be cultural, convincing users that changing their methods and routines will result in a positive change. A panel of government officials responsible for bringing digital services to their agencies made that point repeatedly during the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center Digital Services Virtual Summit on Nov. 30. Sean…

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Energy Department Awards Verizon $34.6M to Modernize its Communications Services

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Technology Modernization Fund Board Offers Insights on Latest Wave of Proposals

At a personal level, everyone sees how much technology is changing the way society works: ubiquitous cellphones, the national shift to work-from-home in a matter of weeks and the domination of e-commerce in the consumer space are just a fraction of the ways that IT is changing everything. The role of the federal Technology Modernization Fund, or TMF, is to…

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Looking to Modernize? Better Have a Plan, Federal Officials Say

Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the nation, the Small Business Administration spearheaded a key recovery program processing over $1 trillion in loans and grants for small business entities that continues today. In a normal year, SBA issues somewhere between $25 billion to $35 billion in loans and grants, many of which go to small businesses affected by natural disasters.…

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Why the Navy Is Pivoting to Implement Enterprisewide IT Services

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Defense Logistics Agency Is Building an EHR to Track Occupational Health

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Agency Threatens Discipline After Monitoring Employee Computer Logs and Alleging Telework Non-Productivity

One federal agency is weighing disciplinary action for some of its employees after monitoring their workflows remotely, ushering in a new layer of managerial oversight to match the mass telework era.  The Social Security Administration’s inspector general office has in recent months conducted surveys of computer logs and telephone records of its employees, aiming to ensure its employees were engaging…

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House Reconciliation Package Includes $3 Billion for Federal IT

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On TikTok, Misogyny and White Supremacy Slip through ‘Enforcement Gap’

Originally published by The 19th Violent extremists, neo-Nazis and other white supremacist groups are able to easily spread racist, misogynistic and anti-LGBTQ+ content on TikTok that runs afoul of the social media platform’s own terms of service, according to new research by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD). The ISD report examines how extremists use profiles, hashtags, music and other…

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Survey: Government’s Digital Channels Aren’t Meeting Needs

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Access Board Wants an Appropriately Accessible Records Management System

The federal agency created to ensure Americans with disabilities have full access to federally-funded facilities is preparing to move to a new electronic records management system and wants to make sure that system complies with its own accessibility standards. The Access Board—made up of 25 members from federal agencies and the public—is an independent agency that develops and disseminates guidelines…

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Why the Pentagon’s JEDI Cloud Contract Wasn’t a Total Loss

Defense Department officials ended its long, strange attempt to buy a single enterprise cloud by canceling the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract July 6 after years of legal challenges, Congressional inquiries and other delays that kept the project from ever getting off the ground. But it surprised few in the government contracting community that JEDI’s days were numbered. Even when…

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HHS Puts Up $80M to Increase Number and Diversity of Health IT Workforce

Public health needs better IT systems, better data and a more diverse, educated health IT workforce, and the Biden administration is putting $80 million toward rectifying that situation. The Health and Human Services Department announced Thursday a funding opportunity for the new Public Health Informatics and Technology Workforce Development Program, or PHIT Workforce Program, through the Office of the National…

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Judge Chooses Timeline for JEDI Cloud Case

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