Blockchain, Cloud Systems, and Cyber security are just a few of the driving forces.
Authors: Steven Kelman The other week I got an email from Jose Arrieta, the new director, arrived less than a year ago, of the General Services Administration's Schedule 70 (IT products and services) operations. He told me his organization had awarded in late June the federal government's first contract to use blockchain technology, involving moving FASt Lane, a service that Schedule 70 designed to speed how fast new vendors can get on schedule, onto the blockchain. Might I want to write about it, he asked?
Author: John Kamensky The administration wants to infuse private-sector tech and know-how into government operations. It has created two linked offices in the White House to help lead the effort: the Office of American Innovation and the American Technology Council.
Author: David Wennergren The Modernizing Government Technology Act passed in the House and is currently under consideration by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, but the eventual passage of this important, bipartisan piece of legislation is uncertain.
Speaker: Dave Mader The Modernizing Government Technology Act, by most reckoning, will become law by way of the National Defense Authorization Act. The MGT will give federal chief information officers something they’ve long wanted —a central fund of $3 billion from which they can draw to update obsolete IT systems. Each agency would have its own, smaller modernizing fund. Dave Mader, the former controller of the Office of Management and Budget and now the chief strategy officer for the civilian sector at Deloitte, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio to discuss the implications.
Authors: Steven Kelman I have been an admirer of 18F and the U.S. Digital Service since both organizations were founded back in 2014. They have an innovative talent recruitment model, which encourages people from tech companies to work for a relatively short time for government without committing to being "lifers." (Stints at 18F are for two years; USDS seeks six-month commitments. Both are renewable.) These organizations attract talent based on the idea of public service, of spending some time on something more rewarding than developing a new photo-sharing app.