Intelligence analysts are drowning in data amid ever-increasing numbers of communication channels, devices, and open-source intelligence. Intelligence professionals often apply an adaptation of the Pareto Principle (aka the 80/20 rule) to the challenges created by all this data. Analysts anecdotally spend 80 percent of their time looking for data and information, leaving only 20 percent […]

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The use of AI and analytics are crucial for government agencies, who are among the largest owners of data. The benefits of AI are often discussed – operational efficiencies, intelligent automation possibilities and the ability to gain deeper insights from massive amounts of data. With the intense interest and proliferation of AI, governance of machine […]

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From pandemic relief bills to the cybersecurity executive order and the bipartisan infrastructure bill, Federal agencies have a wealth of mandates and opportunities to create new programs. While each of these executive and legislative actions feature varying priorities, funding methods, and delivery objectives, in a larger sense they are unified by requiring Federal agencies to […]

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DoD

The Department of Defense (DoD) last month released its Software Modernization Strategy, an important step to unifying existing technology and directing a more joint approach to systems of the future. It notes that our competitive posture is “reliant on strategic insight, proactive innovation, and effective technology integration enabled through software capabilities.” Further, it asks DoD entities that are driving software development to address management and governance of the 29 software factories spread across the services.

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If and when the COVID pandemic fades into history, the shift toward remote and hybrid work is poised to persist. In an April 2021 Forrester Consulting survey of more than 1,300 security leaders, business executives, and remote workers, 70 percent said their organizations will have employees working from home one or more days a week during the next 12 to 24 months.

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AI

The Federal government has recently taken new steps towards creating a zero trust security environment, building on last May’s Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (EO) aimed at advancing the standards by which we protect our federal information system.

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Congressional and White House mandates have put digital transformation at the top of to-do lists across the Federal government for many years now – from Cloud Smart strategies to the recent Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity. These mandates, as well as agency-driven modernization, articulate critical goals such as improving cybersecurity and creating more efficiency. […]

Equitable service delivery is at the center of today’s government mission, with executive orders spurring a holistic evaluation of agency practices, programs, and policies. Leaders across Federal agencies are committed to providing value to all people when they need it most, but they also recognize that the journey requires new approaches and mechanisms to make a sustained difference. […]

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The Biden administration is determined to improve trust in government, and as part of that goal has made equity a top priority. Agencies are at work responding to recent mandates with assessments about their programs and policies to uncover barriers to serving all demographics and communities. […]

Almost two years ago, life fundamentally changed overnight. People of all backgrounds and communities found themselves needing government services to make it through challenging times, and the Federal government responded by authorizing initiatives like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and economic impact payments.

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AI
telework

Federal agencies continue to confront the challenge of enabling and expanding telework as the need to protect against the spread of COVID-19 affects employees in a variety of roles nationwide. Last year, through technology and ingenuity, agencies rose to the challenge, deploying telework for many functions that previously did not seem suited to it. 2020 created a laboratory for experimenting with technical solutions, personnel management techniques, and security practices—and 2021 is pushing those same limits.

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cybersecurity

Across the U.S. government, Federal CISOs and CIOs are working to address potential vulnerabilities on the new “front lines” of defense: cybersecurity and the software supply chain. The SolarWinds and Colonial Pipeline cyberattacks raised more widespread visibility and understanding of the impact of these threats, and in the months that have followed, a cadre of new mandates, draft legislation, and operational directives are taking aim at solving existing vulnerabilities and preventing new ones.

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cybersecurity

The recent Binding Operational Directive issued through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) requiring Federal agencies to immediately patch hundreds of cybersecurity vulnerabilities affirms the Biden administration’s prioritization on securing Federal government networks and reinforces that improved cyber hygiene is critical to protect against malicious adversaries seeking to infiltrate government systems and compromise data.

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Top cybersecurity officials from the Defense Department (DoD), Federal civilian agencies, and the private sector laid out their developing strategies for zero trust security migration, cloud adoption, and meeting requirements of the Biden administration’s Cybersecurity Executive Order at an October meeting of the Foundation for American Science and Technology (FAST).

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We’re experiencing an evolution towards a cloud-native government, where capabilities are viewed as modular and shared like a commodity. To meet mission requirements into the future, this evolution will allow agencies to continuously adapt – flexing these modular, shared cloud-based capabilities to their changing needs.

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big data

The past decade has seen significant data generation around the globe. Market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) has predicted that the amount of data generated globally will grow from 33 zettabytes today to 175 zettabytes by 2025, for a compound annual growth rate of 61 percent.

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funding

Amid a rising tide of ransomware attacks against governments and schools nationwide accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, tech pros are prioritizing investments in core technologies to manage risk, including security and compliance, network infrastructure, and cloud computing.

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Ransomware attacks are filling headlines. Now reaching unprecedented levels, the ransomware crescendo is part of the surge in cyber-attacks that became a side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Innovation

The Accenture Federal Technology Vision addresses the five technology trends poised to have the greatest impact on how government operates over the next three years. Today, we look at Trend 5: From Me to We, which promises to place the ecosystem at the core of government operations.

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telework

The Accenture Federal Technology Vision looks at five technology trends likely to have the most significant impact on how government operates over the next three years. Today, we look at Trend 4: Anywhere, Everywhere, considering the implications of virtual work patterns across the Federal space.

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modernization
Emerging tech

The Accenture Federal Technology Vision highlights the five technology trends poised to have the most significant impact on how government operates over the next three years. Today, we look at Trend 2: Mirrored World, which promises to drive improvements across a range of Federal use cases.

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innovation

The Accenture Federal Technology Vision addresses the five technology trends poised to have the most significant impact on how government operates over the next three years. Today, we look at Trend 1: Stack Strategically as it promises to be a game-changer for Federal agencies. If the COVID-19 pandemic proved anything, the Federal government needs to […]

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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, technology was establishing itself as a driving force in government, with cloud computing, artificial intelligence, automation, and other advances changing the way agencies meet the mission. The pandemic accelerated all that. For the Federal government, COVID-19’s impact was far-reaching. “We are truly in unprecedented times in our nation,” Defense Department […]

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Rather than focus on a single topic or recent news event in this column, let’s talk about a number of important Federal government management matters. Think of it as the good government version of Chris Berman’s complete NFL highlights coverage in 60 seconds…

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