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The General Services Administration's hunt for an agency-specific entity identifier conflicts with the Office of Management and Budget's push for a governmentwide data strategy.
October 16, 2018
Data is essential to guide evidence-based decision-making, a critical best practice toward informed policy development. A recent Government Accountability Office report has taken the government to task for failing to properly implement empirically sound and evidence-based practices as part of their deliberative process.
Modernizing Government Technology – Learning to Navigate the System
August 14, 2018
Richard Beutel, Founder and Leader of Cyrrus Analytics and a nationally recognized expert in IT acquisition management and cloud policy, discusses how agencies can navigate the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act. He authored the original text of the MGT Act and is the original author and legislative manager for the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). Richard was also a leader in advancing the original Cloud First Policy and IT modernization across the federal government.
Are OTAs the Thing of the Future?
July 26, 2018
As it looks to get new technologies developed and into the field as quickly as possible, the Department of Defense has been making greater use of Other Transaction Authority (OTA), a quick-strike contracting mechanism that has gone in and out of fashion since the 1950s, but is now seeing a resurgence.
Crafting Open Data Policies in a Complex Era
June 11, 2018
Open data policies drive government transparency, public accountability, and citizen-centered services. These policies provide valuable data resources to citizens while enhancing the effectiveness of government. However, the types of data that governments deal with are increasingly diverse and complex, particularly in cases where the government collects proprietary data or partners with private sector entities to accomplish government missions.
Agencies await selection for IT modernization funding
April 24, 2018
Mike Hettinger, former congressional chief of staff and president of Hettinger Strategy Group and Rich Beutel, principal at Cyrrus Analytics, discuss which agency proposals might receive funding from the MGT board, and if the fund will receive more money in FY19.
June 06, 2017
The Trump administration today proposed $228 million in funding for a Technology Modernization Fund housed within the General Services Administration...
June 05, 2017
Don’t pop the champagne or start planning the celebration quite yet. The Modernizing Government Technology Act still has a long way to go before it becomes a law.
June 02, 2017
The bill passed the House in a floor vote Wednesday, highlighting the bipartisan concern lawmakers share regarding the nation’s aging federal technology, which includes at least 10 critical systems more than four decades old.
The push to reshape FITARA
October 06, 2016
Hettinger Strategy Group president Mike Hettinger, Cyrrus Analytics founder Rich Beutel, and Censeo Consulting Group managing director Kareem El-Alaily explain why federal chief information officers are at a crossroads when it comes to FITARA — the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act.
Coming in 2016: Cloud legislation
December 22, 2015
Despite pressure to modernize, agencies are still spending about 80 percent of their IT budgets maintaining old systems. A new bill, still in the planning stages, seeks to make it easier for agencies to move to the cloud in terms of both financing and obtaining authority to operate for commercial cloud systems.
May 31, 2017
Drenched in yellow light and red fog, Robert Earl Keen scratches at his guitar and unloads the lyrics to his trademark anthem with several thousand boot-and-cowboy-hat-clad Texans howling along in delirium...
June 01, 2017
The Modernizing Government Technology Act, a bill to help agencies upgrade their legacy technology, passed out of committee on May 2 and will soon get a vote on the House floor.
Hurd Introduces Modernizing Government Technology Act to House
September 15, 2016
Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, on Thursday introduced new IT legislation to the House designed to help move government into the 21st century.
$3.1B IT modernization effort gets some legs to go with its buzz
May 01, 2016
Obama administration announced it wanted $3.1 billion from Congress to modernize, and therefore better secure, federal IT. This article by Jason Miller showcases the evolving legislation to modernized our government's IT.
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