Modernization News

CIO Council identifying governmentwide areas for IT modernization

FedScoop (October 21, 2020)

The Federal CIO Council has identified several IT areas that could be modernized governmentwide with proper investment, said Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat.

Specifically, the council is considering where reusable technology and microservices can be funded, as well as how authentication and identity management capabilities might be expanded. Any recommendations ultimately will take multiple parties to implement because the council is an advisory body without a budget.

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Agency reuse of cloud services on the rise during pandemic

FedScoop (October 19, 2020)

Agencies are increasingly reusing authorized cloud services to help meet new telework demands during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program saw a 50% increase in agencies reusing authorized cloud products in fiscal 2020, and agencies have made about 3,000 requests to evaluate cloud security products others are using, known as reusability requests, since March, said Ashley Mahan, director of FedRAMP.

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The Data Age is here — but are feds ready?

The Federal Times (October 19, 2020)

Government agencies, by virtue, deal with tremendous amounts of data. While some functions are more data-heavy than others, essentially every public sector department collects, stores, manages, distributes, analyzes or otherwise interfaces with data. This isn’t a news flash.

What’s startling is what’s happening — or not happening — with that data. While other industries foresee a five-fold expansion in their volume of data in the next five years, the public sector, according to Splunk’s new Data Age report, anticipates a smaller increase. However, that smaller increase doesn’t alleviate the pressures government employees already feel at work, where unnecessarily manual processes persist in data management and inhibit tech skills development.

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Multi-Industry Coalition Calls for Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping Executive Order to Be Rescinded

Industry Technology Industry Council (October 9, 2020)

WASHINGTON — Today, global tech trade association ITI and a wide-ranging coalition of industry groups urged the Trump Administration to rescind its Executive Order (EO) on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping. The letter was signed by ITI, Alliance for Digital Innovation, American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), BSA | The Software Alliance, Cybersecurity Coalition, Entertainment Software Association, HR Policy Association, Internet Association, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, TechNet, and XR Association.

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Rep. Gerald E. Connolly Calls for Federal & State IT Modernization Investment

Federal Computer Week (September 24, 2020)

Astute federal and private-sector leaders understand truly transformative modernization that will help the federal government serve all Americans requires substantial, multi-year investments. Not a piecemeal approach. This small, narrow thinking is what drove us into the challenges exposed in the pandemic and will doom us to the same future if we don’t address IT investment now.

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ADI Releases White Paper to Enhance Innovative Tech Acquisitions

August 26, 2020

Alliance for Digital Innovation Releases White Paper to Address and Overhaul Legacy Procurement Approaches

Leading technology advocacy organization makes recommendations to help agencies embrace commercial innovation and accelerate a modern, digital government

WASHINGTON – Today, the Alliance for Digital Innovation released a new white paper which outlines key opportunities to think differently about the technology acquisition process and provides several critical recommendations that can empower agencies to more quickly and effectively embrace innovative commercial technologies.

“The hard truth is that government cannot embrace the benefits of new technology if they keep using the same traditional acquisition methods that perpetuate legacy business models and legacy systems,” the paper states. “This white paper intends to dispel several misunderstandings about buying technology today, highlight several examples of where government is progressive, and emphasize the need for reform that creates a different government for the future.”

The white paper recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting seismic change in Federal agency operations, and the incredible desire from citizens to easily and effectively receive government services have accelerated the need for the government to more quickly and powerfully embrace commercial technologies. However, the document offers alternatives to some long-engrained in the technology acquisition process and focuses on providing key considerations and suggestions that can help agency leaders, program managers, IT executives, and contracting officers all work together to embrace and scale new capabilities now and into the future. “The federal government has embraced innovation and modernization as key to their missions.  Having access to the full range of providers through the procurement process enables the best solutions and expertise to be engaged and creates a continual infusion of talent and new thinking,” says Luanne Pavco, General Manager of Slalom Federal and ADI Board Member.

To address this legacy mindset and dispel critical misconceptions, ADI recommends several key actions that can accelerate digital transformation and speed the adoption of commercial technologies in government to meet mission needs:

  • Prioritizing “as a service” models (platform, infrastructure, and software) first;
  • Reducing burden and duplication by following promising efforts already happening in the government;
  • Improving the way the government conducts market research to keep pace with the speed of change in the technology sector;
  • Increasing the flexibility of funds dedicated to technology acquisitions so agencies can buy only the products and services they need when they need them;
  • Accelerating challenge opportunities and other performance or capabilities-based evaluations in the procurement process; and
  • Expanding rapid acquisition authorities and encouraging agencies to pilot and scale innovative commercial capabilities.

Read the white paper here.

VMware’s Bill Rowan Joins Alliance for Digital Innovation Board of Directors

WASHINGTON (August 25, 2020) – The Alliance for Digital Innovation (ADI), the leading voice for commercial innovation in the public sector, is pleased to announce that Bill Rowan, Vice President of Federal Sales at VMware, has joined the ADI Board of Directors.

ADI focuses on empowering federal agencies to more effectively purchase and use innovative commercial technology to provide modern, secure and effective digital experiences that improve the lives of the American people. VMware is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and digital transformation and the company’s continued growth in the Federal IT modernization space is empowering a meaningful shift in government adoption of commercial technology solutions.

“VMware was one of the original members of ADI and has long provided important and powerful leadership in advocating for policies that enable government agencies to more effectively and securely leverage commercial technology solutions to meet mission needs,” said Matthew T. Cornelius, ADI’s executive director. “We are thrilled that Bill Rowan has agreed to bring VMware’s unique and powerful perspective to the Board of Directors.”

ADI employs deep policy analysis, collaborative engagement with federal leaders, and strong advocacy on behalf of innovative commercial companies to rapidly accelerate digital transformation in government and enable agencies to more effectively leverage modern, secure digital capabilities to deliver on mission objectives and improve the citizen experience.

“For more than two decades, VMware solutions have helped governments drive their missions and meet constituent expectations for modern, efficient, and cost-effective services,” said Bill Rowan, VMware. “We look forward to supporting ADI’s important work to drive IT modernization as governments navigate increasing agency requirements, changing workforce dynamics, and rising cyber threats.”