Articles on Innovation

Federal CIO: Now is the time for tech innovation

The federal government is at a critical moment for tackling the technical demands of today, as well as preparing for the needs of the future, according to federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent. Kent, who spoke Sept. 11 at a Professional Services Council Conference, stressed the importance of introducing innovation into the way that the federal government tackles technology, so that the government can remain the top innovator it has proven to be historically.

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OMB’s cyber report should start the race to the cloud

When it comes to cybersecurity problems within the government, I feel like Bill Murray in the movie “Groundhog Day” – I’m watching and listening to government officials have the same discussions of the same problems over and over, and making only incremental progress in addressing them.

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Project 38, Episode 4: The innovation challenge

We talk to John Wood, CEO of Telos Corp. as we continue our exploration of innovation and  disruption in the government market.

John shares his views on the challenges and obstacles to bringing innovation to the government market. He brings nearly 30 years of government contracting experience and holds the point of view that the challenges to innovation aren’t about the technology but the culture and the vested interests that resist change.

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More OTAs, less LPTA part of the impending upheaval for contractors

When Congress passed the FY2018 omnibus in the spring, a little noticed provision allowed federal agencies to spend up to 25% of their total annual budgets in September.  This, coupled with the fact that agencies were slow to get their FY18 allocations has set up a perfect storm of year-end spending.  According to NextGov and our friends at The Pulse agencies could potentially spend as much as 40% of their total FY18 budgets in the next 6 weeks.  The real questions are do we have enough contracting personnel to get this money out the door and are you ready?

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Federal government needs to embrace the cloud or fall behind

There have been a number of stories over the past year about how the federal government is moving at a glacial pace in its journey to the cloud. Much of the reporting has left me shaking my head and wondering if those reporting really understand what cloud technology is all about and why the cloud is so critically important from a global technology leadership perspective.

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Are you ready for the year-end spending spree?

When Congress passed the FY2018 omnibus in the spring, a little noticed provision allowed federal agencies to spend up to 25% of their total annual budgets in September.  This, coupled with the fact that agencies were slow to get their FY18 allocations has set up a perfect storm of year-end spending.  According to NextGov and our friends at The Pulse agencies could potentially spend as much as 40% of their total FY18 budgets in the next 6 weeks.  The real questions are do we have enough contracting personnel to get this money out the door and are you ready?

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Treasury sees new role for CFOs

The Department of Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service rolled out a new 10-year plan this week to transform the role of federal chief financial officers.   The main focus of the plan is automation, aiming to leverage new technologies to improve service delivery.  The 10-year vision contains 4 core focus areas – optimize the disbursement of funds by reducing the number of paper checks, replace the current lock box systems with digital ones, strengthen reporting by making more financial data available, and expand analytics through the “do not pay” portal.  Federal News Radio has the report.

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Agency CIOs are still not empowered

GAO is out with a report this week on how the 24 CFO Act agencies are doing when it comes to imple­menting IT policies consistent with federal law and regulation in 6 key areas.  According to an article inFCW agencies scored the “best on policies that address IT leadership and accountability — 11 had policies fully addressing this category, and all 24 at least partially addressed it.” For the most part, agencies also had policies in place addressing IT budgeting and information security, even if the vast majority had not fully addressed them.  Agencies lagged behind on IT investment management, strate­gic planning and the workforce, with not one fully implemented policy in any of these three areas.  This in spite of the 2014 passage of FITARA and a May 2018 executive order calling for greater CIO authority.  Here’s the GAO Report. 

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Security Clearances to move to the Pentagon

It looks like the Administration is planning an executive order to move the security clearance process from the recently created National Background Investigations Bureau to the Pentagon although the ex­act timing of this is unclear, according to an article this week in Federal News Radio.  The move comes amid other changes proposed as part of the government-wide reorganization plan the Administration unveiled earlier this summer, which includes plans to transfer some of OPM’s HR operations to GSA.  Security clearance backlogs have plagued the federal government for decades.

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