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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.
House, Senate Will Go To Conference Over Technology Modernization Fund
August 02, 2018
Mike Hettinger, President of Hettinger Strategy Group and Rich Beutel, Principal at Cyrrus Analytics, discuss the future of the Technology Modernization Fund, and the need for transparency in its awards.
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.
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.
Mike Hettinger, president of Hettinger Strategy Group, and Rich Beutel, principal at Cyrrus Analytics, LLC., discuss what we know about the White House’s vision to build a 21st century government and modernize the customer experience.
Trump delays signing of cybersecurity executive order
February 01, 2017
Mike Hettinger, president of Hettinger Strategy Group and Rich Beutel, principal at Cyrrus Analytics, discuss the details known so far about the cybersecurity executive order President Trump is expected to sign.
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 Future of GSA’s Technology Transformation Service
October 31, 2016
Mike Hettinger, president of the Hettinger Strategy Group and Rich Beutel, founder of Cyrrus Analytics, discuss the future of GSA’s Technology Transformation Service, including its new leader Rob Cook.
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.
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.
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Exclusive: Inside the Modernizing Government Technology Act
September 19, 2016
Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) sat down for an exclusive interview with Government Matters producer, Colby Hochmuth, to discuss his new legislation introduced in the House– The Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2016.
Mike Hettinger, is president of Hettinger Strategy Group, and Richard Beutel, principal and founder, at Cyrrus Analytics, discuss top priorities for Congress when it returns from recess next week on Government Matters.
$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.