In today’s Federal Newscast, the personal information of hundreds of federal agents and police officers appears to have been stolen from websites affiliated with alumni of the FBI’s National Academy.
The new law requires agencies to appoint a chief evaluation officer, whose job will involve asking key questions about the effectiveness of agency programs, and finding ways to measure their effectiveness.
The Data Coalition released its legislative agenda for 2018. Founder Hudson Hollister discusses some highlights.
The Association of Government Accountants teamed with services firm Clinfton-Larson-Allen to examine ways to improve data transparency. Ann Ebberts, CEO at AGA explained the purpose of this, the 38th research project the AGA has done to Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Defense Department is having success with a new data transparency effort designed to drive better business deals on sole-source contracts. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain that the initiative is designed to track all of DoD’s business arrangements with a given vendor, allowing individual contracting officers to learn from past deals.
DoD contracting officers now are required to upload the outcomes of their large sole-source procurements into a centralized database. This is part of a Pentagon effort to make sure the government has as much information as possible when it strikes deals with vendors for the same products it’s bought before.
The Treasury Department has heard the complaints about the USASpending.gov portal: it’s hard to use, the data quality is poor, etc. Treasury inherited the portal in February from the General Services Administration. It already has short- and long-term plans to improve the federal spending website. In part one of their interview, Christina Ho, executive director for data transparency in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, told Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the portal’s improvement strategy.
GSA, NASA and NIH are providing agency customers more insight into what they are buying, how they are buying it and what prices they are paying. OFPP plans to launch the Prices Paid Portal later this year. But others say it’s not about the data, but the outcomes agencies are trying to achieve.
House leaders say the DATA Act has a good chance at becoming law this session. Support for the bill from the Senate and the White House seems to be increasing.
As federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra prepares to depart government for a Harvard fellowship, he provided a top-10 list of lessons learned in his last appearance before Congress.