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Transparency is number one way for leaders to build trust, says former Defense Department official

76% of the workforce at the Internal Revenue Service trusts its leaders to respond well to future emergencies, according to the 2021 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. That result is because of the agency’s response to the pandemic. Dave Wennergren, former assistant deputy chief management officer at the Department of Defense, now chief executive officer of […]


Former Navy chief information officer says recent events reveal huge need for resiliency

Federal Chief Information Officer Clare Martorana says the board for the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF), a government funding vehicle encouraging innovation, received almost 100 project proposals for funding, which it will begin reviewing this month. Dave Wennergren, Chief Executive Officer of ACT-IAC and former Navy Chief Information Officer, said the pandemic, the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack […]


Successful tech modernization strategies encompass the short term and long term

Federal Chief Information Officer Clare Martorana and the federal Chief Information Officers Council are working on a new IT modernization strategy for the entire government. As more security breaches emerge, the White House continues to roll out cybersecurity directives. Dan Chenok, Executive Director for the IBM Center for the Business of Government, said agencies can […]


ACT-IAC Emerging Technology and Innovation Conference

ACT-IAC has created the Emerging Technology and Innovation Conference, to be held virtually May 25 – 26, 2021, to focus on the innovations and emerging technologies that are on the forefront of change in Federal IT. This year’s agenda revolves around three major themes: Resilient Infrastructure, Emerging Technologies, and the U.S. Science and Technology Agenda. […]


Proposed $5 billion for IT at Department of Veterans Affairs might fall short

The Biden administration will ask Congress for billions of dollars to upgrade federal government information technology systems. The White House wants $5 billion just for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Margie Graves, former Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer, said this money can help address technical debt, but Jim Gfrerer, former Chief Information Officer at the […]


Acquisition Innovation 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered how the business of government gets done. Within acquisition, new opportunities have presented themselves to innovate and collaborate more effectively with industry. In this changing landscape with a new administration, an increased focus on supporting the federal workforce, continuing telework and a new urgency to address supply chain and cybersecurity […]


TMF may be more appealing to DoD now that it has additional funds, says ACT-IAC CEO

The Department of Labor will get $9.6 million for data infrastructure modernization from the Technology Modernization Fund. It was the first award after the fund got a $1 billion boost in the latest coronavirus relief bill. Dave Wennergren, former CIO of the Navy, said going forward we will likely see a mix of larger programs […]


The role of career federal employees during a transition

Dave Wennergren, CEO of the American Council for Technology – Industry Advisory Council, describes what federal leaders will have to contend with in 2021

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