The Office of Personnel Management is giving agency heads the flexibility to decide whether they need direct-hire authority to fill certain IT positions and grant that authority on their own.
The Veterans Affairs Department faces many challenges with its decision to abandon the Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) and adopt a commercial, off-the-shelf electronic health record. But with a high dollar amount and big stakes comes as even larger culture change, federal IT experts said.
The Social Security Administration has a new plan to modernize five major IT systems, to the tune of $300 million. SSA Chief Information Officer Robert Klopp said the agency could make headway on the plan within a year, as long as it gets the funding it needs from Congress. The House, however, is poised to cut SSA’s budget by $250 million this year.
The 8½ inch floppy disk held up at the recent House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing was good theater, but it doesn’t tell the entire story of the state of old technology in the government.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is particularly concerned by a penetration test the Homeland Security Department performed on the Social Security Administration’s IT systems last summer, when testers gained access to personally identifiable information while they were inside. SSA did not share the findings of that report with its inspector general.
As the Social Security Administration takes on the challenge of baby boomer retirements, it’s trying all sorts of strategies to become more efficient and more in tune with the first fully online generation. Among the many initiatives, three affect the SSA’s technology shop. SSA Chief Information Officer Robert Klopp tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin what they are.
The Social Security Administration is updating its IT strategy so it can start taking advantage of the massive amounts of data it collects, and move toward data-driven decision-making.
Office of Management and Budget Deputy Chief Information Officer Lisa Schlosser said her office will start holding agencies more accountable for taking advantage of plays in the U.S. Digital Services Playbook. The playbook lists 13 best practices for delivering products and services to the public more quickly.
The federal technology community is seeing a lot of key senior executives switch roles or leave government, including new officials in charge of data analytics at GSA and EPA.