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IntelliBridge exec explains pros and cons of new repayment rules for modernization fund

The Office of Management and Budget has new rules for the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF), a government funding vehicle that encourages modernization. The guidance gives agencies options for full, partial or minimal repayment of loans. Alan Thomas, Chief Operating Officer at IntelliBridge and former Commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration, […]

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National Defense Authorization Act completion will likely be delayed

The Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Senator Jack Reed says he will hold off on marking up this year’s National Defense Authorization Act until July. The Senate will use the extra time to consider nominees for top posts in the Defense Department. Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Roger Zakheim said the delay, […]

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is optimizing its services with human-centered design

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is applying human-centered design to its offerings. The agency says it saw a 25% increase in trust in the VA when it first implemented the approach. Lauren Alexanderson, Deputy Chief Technology Officer of Health at the VA Office of Information and Technology, said her team collects user feedback almost […]

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Former Air Force secretary suggests developing new framework to measure readiness

Frank Kendall is the new nominee for Secretary of the Air Force. He served as Pentagon Acquisition Chief during the Obama administration. Deborah Lee James, Former Secretary of the Air Force, said the new Air Force secretary should work with the chiefs to create a new framework to improve upon current readiness metrics. James said […]

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Serious concerns raised over most expensive weapons system in history

The most expensive weapons system in history is about to get more expensive. A new analysis from the Government Accountability Office suggests the F-35 aircraft could end up costing more to operate than the services say they can afford. Diana Maurer, Director of Defense Capabilities and Management at the Government Accountability Office, said the Air […]

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More discussion on unexpected national security threats is critical, says strategy expert

The latest assessment from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence anticipates the threat of disruptive technologies. It also finds the COVID-19 pandemic will generate aftershocks for years. Barry Pavel, Senior Vice President and Founding Director of the Scowcroft Center at the Atlantic Council, said the assessment is good but lacks enough detail on […]

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Former General Services Administration leader “thrilled” with federal employee survey results

The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey says employees are more engaged and like their bosses more than before the pandemic. Federal leaders are using those numbers to strategize what comes next. Emily Murphy, former Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), said she is “thrilled” with the survey results and that the key at her agency […]

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