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Weekly Roundup: November 13 - November 17, 2017

Friday, November 17th, 2017 - 15:25
Michael J. Keegan VA needs money fast for health record program. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is ready to sign a contract with electronic health records firm Cerner to replace the agency's aging, homegrown Vista system. But to get moving on the deal quickly, VA needs to move some money around. The department wants to move fast, with an initial rollout of the new system planned for 18 months after the contract is signed.

Weekly Roundup: October 30 – November 3, 2017

Friday, November 3rd, 2017 - 13:00
IT Reforms Create Breathing Room.  NextGov reports: “Obama-era technology modernization programs and legislation are beginning to have a substantial effect freeing up IT budget money, but there’s a long way left to go, industry executives said during a Professional Services Council market forecast Wednesday. . . .

Weekly Roundup: October 16-20, 2017

Monday, October 23rd, 2017 - 10:30
John Kamensky

A Dismal GAO Assessment – But a Ray of Hope

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 - 9:45
But there was a ray of hope embedded in GAO’s report.  The opening section assesses agencies’ progress in working together across organizational boundaries, noting “Many of the meaningful results that the federal government seeks to achieve . . .

Weekly Roundup: June 12 - 16, 2017

Friday, June 16th, 2017 - 12:28
John Kamensky OMB Burden Reduction. Federal News Radio reports: “The Office of Management and Budget is cleaning out its policy closet and in its first sweep found 59 data reporting requirements that are no longer necessary. . . . Of those 59 requirements, 50 have been rescinded and nine have been modified or suspended for the near future.”

Weekly Roundup: May 22 - May 26, 2017

Friday, May 26th, 2017 - 13:14
Michael J. Keegan GSA chief: Central IT fund is a start, not a remedy. While President Trump's budget proposal includes a $228 million investment for a general IT modernization fund, the head of the agency overseeing the fund sees the initial investment as more of a proof of concept than a panacea.

Weekly Roundup: April 24-28, 2017

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 - 15:45
IT Modernization Bill Re-Introduced.  NextGov reports: “Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, plans to introduce legislation today designed to help federal agencies update their aging technology—and this time, it has White House backing. . . .

Dr. Timothy Persons

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 - 13:28
Phrase: 
What are the key strategic priorities for GAO’s Center for Science, Technology, and Engineering? What are technology readiness assessments? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions with our very special guest, Dr. Timothy Persons, Chief Scientist, GAO
Radio show date: 
Mon, 04/24/2017
Intro text: 
What are the key strategic priorities for GAO’s Center for Science, Technology, and Engineering? What are technology readiness assessments? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions with our very special guest, Dr. Timothy Persons, Chief Scientist, U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Digging Out of a Digital Stone Age

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 - 11:17
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 10:10
The Government Accountability Office study went on to note: “Agencies reported 3,427 IT staff employed just to maintain legacy-programming languages, such as COBOL (1,085) and Fortran (613).”  In addition, the Office of Management and Budget recently observed that “43 percent of federal IT projects are reported to be over budget or behind schedule.”

Weekly Roundup: February 20-24, 2017

Friday, February 24th, 2017 - 16:15
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 15:09
Regulation Elimination SWAT Teams.  Government Executive reports: “President Trump signed an executive order on Friday creating new task forces at every federal agency that will identify regulations for elimination or modification.”