In today's Federal Newscast, 35 states and 136 different groups express interest in hosting the new locations for the Agriculture Department's Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture bureaus.
Mark Kneidinger, the deputy director of the Homeland Security Department's new National Risk Management Center, expressed concerns Tuesday that the government's "revolving door" has been expelling too many IT modernization leaders.
The Homeland Security Department is excited by the prospect that the National Protection and Programs Directorate could be renamed and restructured as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency following a vote in the Senate on Wednesday.
The federal government is having a hard time attracting employees with up-to-date technology skills. One data point that illustrates the problem: Roughly half of the government’s technology workforce is over the age of 50.
The Homeland Security Department is hoping by year end to launch Cloud Factory, a platform offering shared services capabilities to provide a fully automated provisioning and delivery lifecycle for cloud services.
The Trump administration plans to tackle the federal shortage of cybersecurity professionals include a new cybersecurity hiring system, a cybersecurity reservist program, and a plan to reskill current federal employees while improving the pipeline for new cyber talent.
In some ways, software development in federal agencies has entered a second generation. The waterfall methodology, preceded by a long list of detailed requirements, is rapidly giving way to the agile method.