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Department of Veterans Affairs will use “transformation fund” in 2022

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will spend more money than Congress gives it this year on information technology. The VA can spend money this year it’s been stashing for IT for the last five years. Jim Gfrerer, former chief information officer at the VA Office of Information and Technology and now principal at Fidelis […]

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Government should focus on career paths to retain employees, says former agency chief information officer

The Department of Homeland Security will onboard more than 300 new cyber specialists. The next task for the agency will be to keep them. Richard Spires, principal at Richard A. Spires Consulting, former chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security, said the federal government struggles with laying out paths for learning and growth […]

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Chief information officer authorities must be elevated, say former agency leaders

The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough says the agency will revamp its electronic health records project. Carol Harris of the Government Accountability Office told “Government Matters” this week one of the biggest issues the agency has is who talks to whom about its technology issues. David Powner, former director of IT […]

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Task force seeks to create unified resource for artificial intelligence innovation

The White House will launch a task force to focus on breakthroughs in artificial intelligence for federal agencies. The National Science Foundation will work with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to expand AI education and resources. Erwin Gianchandani, deputy assistant director of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National […]

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New guidance “a really important moment” in Evidence Act implementation, data expert says

Agencies will submit new data and analysis to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to comply with guidance from OMB as part of the Evidence Act. Nick Hart, president of the Data Foundation and former senior program examiner at the Office of Management and Budget, said the guidance is “a really important moment” for […]

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Artificial intelligence is critical for competition with adversaries, says nuclear nonproliferation expert

The next phase of artificial intelligence is here for the Pentagon. The Defense Department is focusing on going to war with the data it has to build better models for national security missions. Angela Sheffield, senior program manager for AI for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), said […]

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Cloud foundation was instrumental for Paycheck Protection Program implementation

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is closing the Paycheck Protection Program, a loan to help businesses retain employees during the COVID-19 crisis. It has awarded nearly $800 billion during the pandemic. Sanjay Gupta, chief technology officer at SBA, said having a strong cloud foundation enabled the agency to scale overnight and implement the Paycheck Protection […]

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