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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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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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Reducing compliance burden supports modernization, former agency chief information officer says

The Technology Modernization Fund has $1 billion from the latest coronavirus relief bill, and it could get another half billion when the next budget comes out. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee hearing Tuesday looked at IT costs and solutions for the future. Casey Coleman, former Chief Information Officer at the General Services […]

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Modernization itself is not a goal, says former United States deputy chief technology officer

President Biden’s new “skinny budget” request includes $500 million for the Technology Modernization Fund. That money would be on top of the $1 billion the fund got in the last coronavirus stimulus bill. Jennifer Pahlka, former United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer, said agencies must set specific goals for what they are trying to achieve […]

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Electronic health records program on hold after pandemic-induced pitfalls

The Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) project at the Department of Veterans Affairs is on hold as the Secretary of the VA, Denis McDonough, conducts a review of the program. Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Acting Deputy Secretary of the VA, told the House Veterans Affairs Technology Modernization Subcommittee this week the VA will not roll out […]

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Agency record digitization deadline unchanged despite delays from pandemic

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is supposed to stop accepting paper records from agencies by the end of 2022, but NARA is reevaluating that goal after the pandemic put digitization work on hold at some agencies. Sheena Burrell, Deputy Chief Information Officer at NARA, said the agency is still trying to meet its […]

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Former White House official argues for loosening Technology Modernization Fund repayment requirements

President Biden’s new “skinny budget” request includes $500 million for the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF), a funding vehicle for federal IT modernization projects. That money would be on top of the $1 billion the fund got in the last coronavirus stimulus bill. Former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer Nick Sinai said he and others have […]

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