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Sonny Hashmi, commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) at the General Services Administration (GSA), said his operation is targeting a sharp uptick in delivery times for products and services procured through FAS.

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State Department

The State Department has awarded Verizon a $1.6 billion contract to modernize communications infrastructure and provide IT services for the agency’s nearly 260 embassies, consulates, and other facilities across the globe.

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a new report that the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) have plenty more work to do to tighten up the management side of the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Program.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has denied scholarships provided by the agency to well over half of the veterans who applied for them to help complete bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields.

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Customer experience CX-min

Four Federal government officials talked this week about how they’ve been working to implement the customer experience executive order issued by the Biden administration late last year that aims to put citizens at the center of better government service delivery.

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The Department of Commerce (DoC) announced on Sept. 29 the appointment of 24 members to its Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC) – a group that will provide advice on activities funded through the CHIPS for America Act.

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modernization

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Information and Technology (OIT) has made many strides toward its new vision for digital transformation, but VA CIO Kurt DelBene said today that the agency still has “work to do” to set a proper modernization pace, and could benefit from more modernization funding.

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NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is on track to release the first version of its Artificial Intelligence (AI) Risk Management Framework by January 2023, NIST’s IT Laboratory Chief of Staff told lawmakers on Thursday.

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Cyber

The term zero trust is often used as a buzzword, but Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Chief Information Officer (CIO) Kurt DelBene said a successful organization will prioritize security above all else, and have zero trust baked into its workforce culture.

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semiconductor

President Biden signed the Chips and Science Act into law just last month, but Department of Commerce (DoC) Secretary Gina Raimondo said this week that Americans need to see tangible benefits from this legislation “as fast as possible” to build needed long-term support for domestic semiconductor production.

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Senate hearing Congressional-min

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on September 28 tossed a wrench – although likely only a temporary one – into the nomination process of Colleen Shogan to become the new National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Archivist.

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Coast Guard

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) component has not comprehensively assessed the quality of care patients have received through telehealth services, and lacks some key data on telehealth services delivered in patients’ homes or via phone, according to a recent report published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  

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Veterans Affairs

A new audit released by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is predicting that the agency will reach full compliance with its obligations under the Geospatial Data Act in the near future.

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General Services Administration GSA

The General Services Administration (GSA) announced the 28 inaugural members of the GSA Acquisition Policy Federal Advisory Committee (GAP FAC), which will advise GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan on emerging acquisition issues, challenges, and opportunities.

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data

Large Federal government agencies across the board could be doing more to protect the personal and private information of individuals that they collect, and would benefit from beefing up the roles of their senior privacy officials, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The report examines the government’s 24 CFO Act agencies, and […]

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The Department of Labor’s (DoL) Office of Inspector General (OIG) determined that the agency – along with state workforce agencies – has paid more than $45 billion in unemployment insurance (UI) pandemic benefits to fraudsters, according to an alert memorandum published on Sept. 21.

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Considering the nearly three-year COVID-19 pandemic that has had a chokehold on the United States and exposed vulnerabilities in the nation’s ability to operate digitally, one government watchdog is urging Federal officials to overcome their challenges in how they manage public health data.

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USPS Postal Service

The General Services Administration (GSA) is planning to facilitate a research study on the impact different demographic features have on remote identity proofing technologies – like facial recognition.

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Members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies expressed their frustrations with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Electronic Health Records Modernization (EHRM) program today and urged the agency to repair the program one lawmaker called a “train wreck.”

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has faced acquisition management problems – placing it on the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) High-Risk List – but agency officials on Sept. 20 said they are looking to chart a new course in VA acquisition, one that may require an enterprise-wide approach.

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The Energy Department’s (DoE) Pamela Isom stepped down from her role as director of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Technology Office on Sept. 9, a DoE spokesperson confirmed to MeriTalk.

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Congress should shore up the role of the Federal chief information officer (CIO) and consider enshrining the position into law to help improve the government’s often troubled management of IT, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a new report.

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