MerITocracy 2021

Implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion practices has been an important task for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and using technology to create a lasting outcome has been key to its Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) that is in charge of implementing DEIA policy that sit at the very top of the Biden administration’s priorities.

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A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report finds that the State Department is taking  action to better promote diversity and inclusion in the agency’s workforce, but still has a long way to go to reach its goals – including putting in place the means to measure its performance and increasing accountability for its diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) goals.

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) a $65 million cloud and data integration contract to support the agency’s Integrated Data Repository (IDR).

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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), during a government operations subcommittee of the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing, said that it wants to work with Congress on developing a cyber workforce plan to compete for cyber talent.

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The United States is increasingly seen as one of the “important” leaders – rather than the uncontested leader – in science globally. But to reclaim the title of undisputed champion, the U.S. must bolster innovation by reigniting the nation’s interest in science, a top Federal science and technology official said today at the MerITocracy American Innovation Forum.

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EHR

Federal agencies are increasingly sharing information with one another with both connected and disconnected applications, while trying to be more security conscious and reevaluating approaches to building software and other tech important for securing the homeland, officials said on July 20.

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IRS

Guaranteed access by the Defense Department’s Office of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E) to annual data from Pentagon-sponsored Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC) could help DoD better ensure that R&D centers are producing effective results, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

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GSA General Services Administration

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued an alert memorandum detailing that the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is planning to expand the Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) Rule to the entire Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) Program by November 2022. FAS’ plan to do so comes despite ongoing issues with data […]

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NIST

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) NIST has chosen 12 companies that it will be partnering with in its efforts to develop the next generation of post-quantum cryptography.

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Veterans Affairs

Senior staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) responsible for overseeing new training for the electronic health record (EHR) system at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Wash., submitted inaccurate data to inspectors, according to a new report from the VA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG).

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CISA

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) “Shields Up” cybersecurity campaign launched in February to warn critical infrastructure operators and other U.S.-based organizations of cybersecurity threats spilling over from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is proving its worth over the first four months of operation.

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Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., is looking for answers from the General Services Administration (GSA) regarding its transition to a new online identification system for the Federal government’s awards process that has proved difficult for many vendors.

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FBI

The FBI is seeking input from equipment manufacturers for the evaluation of state-of-the-art network devices to support the agency’s aim for a network infrastructure technology refresh focused on digital transformation to an advanced, intelligent, and active architecture.

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FCC
VA
IRS

The IRS has agreed with a Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommendation that it pilot test the use of videoconferencing technology as part of its ongoing efforts to meet with third-party tax preparers to educate them on compliance obligations and tax rules. Based on results from the pilot, IRS may expand on-line meetings with preparers.

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The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which houses the fastest supercomputer in the world, has announced that Dr. Thomas Zacharia will retire as the laboratory’s director at the end of 2022.

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State Department

Implementing leading workforce practices is essential to successfully recruiting and retaining IT experts, and the U.S. Department of State has more work to do on that front, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) stated in a new report.

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The House on July 12 approved by voice vote a bill that would provide surplus Federal government computer gear to educational institutions, veterans, individuals with disabilities, low-income individuals, students, or seniors in need.

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Labor

The Department of Labor (DOL) is looking for a new Director of Digital Transformation who can focus on improving technology products and driving customer experience gains.  Applicants need to apply to the job posting by July 14.

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a new report that Federal agency offices of inspector general (OIGs) are finding uneven results in their reviews of how well those agencies are complying with obligations to report spending data under the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act).

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Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., one of the leading voices on cybersecurity in Congress, is pushing for an amendment to the FY2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to include two items he has long advocated – the creation of a class of a “systemically important” critical infrastructure providers, and the formation of a government Bureau of Cyber Statistics.

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DHS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) along with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) launched a contract opportunity looking to develop an automated software for billing that looks to give more visibility into supply chains.

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State Department

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