In today’s Federal Newscast, the Federal Services Impasses Panel sides mostly with management in a disputed between labor groups and the Health and Human Services Department.
Marcy Jacobs the executive director of the digital service at the Veterans Affairs Department, was the first member of the U.S. Digital Service to win a Service to America Medal.
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.
Half of federal agencies earned a failing grade from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on their use of incremental development, as part of their implementation of FITARA. But agencies are still learning how to navigate an often confusing field of agile.
Better Buying Power at the Pentagon is only one example of attempts to innovate in the acquisition space. The new acquisition corps that’s set up like the U.S. Digital Services office is another one, but it’s focused on policy and process. Michael Fischetti is executive director of the National Contract Management Association. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose that government spends too much time thinking about process — and not enough about people.
President Barack Obama wants to spend his last 18 months in office turning government technology on its head. Obama says government’s procurement systems are broken, but he believes organizations like the U.S. Digital Service can change the way people develop, buy and use new technology. Tom Shoop is editor-in-chief at Government Executive magazine. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the likelihood of a major systemic change in the way government buys and implements new technology.
President Barack Obama appointed David Recordon as the director of White House Information Technology. The new position will be responsible for modernizing and securing IT within the Executive Office of the President.