Deltek’s Kevin Plexico continued his fiscal 2021 state, local and education IT forecast with a focus on Texas and New York, plus the crucial role federal funds play in state and local IT budgets.
Eligibility in federal telework programs dipped slightly in 2018, while participation experienced a small bump. The latest data from the Office of Personnel Management sheds light on the state of telework across government — before agencies were forced to quickly “maximize” it during the current pandemic.
GSA and DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) told agencies that the Zoom for Government platform, which runs on a government community cloud and has received a Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) moderate level approval under the cloud security program known as FedRAMP, is an agency’s best option.
Federal agencies have requested an additional $45.8 billion in funding for 2020 alone, which the White House said is necessary for its governmentwide response to the coronavirus. Extra telework support is at the top of the list.
As the Trump administration urges agencies to expand telework to employees at “higher risk” of exposure to coronavirus, the Education Department has taken steps to relax limits on how often employees can work from home.
Recently the Federal Labor Relations Authority turned down a request from the departments of Education and Agriculture to issue a policy statement clarifying what’s a condition of employment and a working condition.
Jason Gray, the Education Department’s chief information officer, said fixing long-standing problems like laptops that took 20-to-40 minutes to boot up and log in and printer sprawl helped lay the groundwork for the next set of initiatives.
The departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Treasury, Labor and Education and the U.S. Agency for International Development asked Congress in their fiscal 2021 budget requests to use money saved from other programs for IT modernization initiatives.
In today’s Federal Newscast, two prominent universities are being investigated by the Education Department for their relationships with foreign governments.
The Education Department changed its telework policy last year, requiring most employees to show up to the office at least four days a week, which the agency justified as an effort to “enhance collaboration.”