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News articles from 2015

Building on Progress - Improving the Way the Government Buys IT

By: Tony Scott | 23 Dec 2015

This blog entry was co-authored with Anne Rung, U.S. Chief Acquisition Officer, and originally published on the White House blog. Today, the Office of the Federal Chief Acquisition Officer and the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer released for public comment a directive to Federal agencies to drive greater...

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Modernizing Federal IT Part 1 - Catching Up and Jumping Ahead

By: Rob Klopp, CIO, Social Security Administration | 10 Dec 2015

This post is the first in a series of entries from Social Security Administration CIO Rob Klopp that will consider issues associated with modernizing the US Federal IT infrastructure. First… here is a little about me. I came to the Social Security Administration (SSA) in January of 2015 as the...

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Congratulating the Winning IT Solutions Challenge Teams

By: Tony Scott | 30 Nov 2015

Earlier this year, I announced the first-ever CIO Council IT Solutions Challenge to find innovative solutions based on the fresh perspectives of the best and brightest up-and-coming IT staff Federal agencies had to offer. In late October, we concluded the 2015 Challenge and I want to congratulate the two winning...

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Modernizing Federal Cybersecurity

By: Tony Scott | 30 Oct 2015

Strengthening the cybersecurity of Federal networks, systems, and data is one of the most important challenges we face as a Nation. Every day, public and private sector leaders – my team included – are directing significant resources to address this ever-growing problem. Yet as cyber threats increase in severity, so...

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Modernizing Federal Information Policy

By: Tony Scott | 21 Oct 2015

Today, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is proposing for the first time in fifteen years revisions to the Federal Government’s governing document establishing policies for the management of Federal information resources: Circular A-130, Managing Information as a Strategic Resource. More specifically, Circular A-130 provides general policy...

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Under the Hood - Building a New College Scorecard with Students

By: Lisa Gelobter, Chief U.S. Digital Service Officer, Department of Education | 16 Sep 2015

Back in March, the CIO Council Innovation Committee released an open data case study on the Department of Education. The department continues to use open data to better serve the U.S. public by recently releasing the ‘College Scorecard’. My niece is a smart kid. I’m biased, but I swear she...

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Strengthening and Enhancing Cybersecurity for the 21st Century

By: Tony Scott | 03 Aug 2015

From the beginning of the Administration, the President has made it clear that cybersecurity is one of the most important challenges we face as a Nation. It is also an ever-growing and constantly changing challenge. For years, whenever I’ve spoken with private and public sector leaders, I’ve regularly asked them...

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IT Solutions Challenge 2015 Expert Panel Feedback - Joshua Brightwell

By: Joshua Brightwell | 21 Jul 2015

Going into the midpoint meeting, my team felt confident. We were on a good track and had a solid problem statement and proposed solution. We feel there is poor resource management when it comes to email and other collaboration tools in the federal government. There is limited access to government...

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HTTPS Everywhere for Government

By: Tony Scott | 08 Jun 2015

Today, Federal CIO Tony Scott signed an OMB memorandum to enact the HTTPS-Only Standard for all Federal websites and web services. OMB first proposed the standard in March and requested comment from the public. During the feedback period, the proposal received numerous comments and suggestions from Internet’s standards bodies, popular...

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IT Solutions Challenge 2015 Expert Panel Feedback - Inez Maguire

By: Inez Maguire | 20 May 2015

Team ONE was born on April 9, 2015 at the end of a long day of brainstorming ideas around government-wide IT and IT acquisition problems. After much wrangling, our team’s initial problem statement revolved around the overarching need for federal agency standardization in the areas of processes, applications, and data....

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IT Solutions Challenge 2015 Problem Description - Ursula Nkwantabisa

By: Ursula Nkwantabisa | 18 May 2015

On April 9th, team FALCON (Team 6) ended the first IT Solutions Challenge workshop with an idea of creating a common IT acquisition platform where acquisition and IT professionals may exchange knowledge on past acquisitions, best practices, and other useful information. Between April 9th and April 28th, our team met...

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IT Solutions Challenge 2015 Problem Description - Lori Alfred

By: Lori Alfred | 15 May 2015

For our second workshop of the IT Solutions Challenge (ITSC), we met at the Department of Justice (Justice Management Division). All team members came prepared with the information, insight and advice we received from subject matter experts (SMEs) and stakeholders relevant to our mission statement, “Create a cloud shared services...

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IT Solutions Challenge 2015 Problem Description - Christopher Paris

By: Christopher Paris | 14 May 2015

By the end of the first IT Solutions Challenge (ITSC) workshop on April 9th, six teams set out on a journey to try and fix some of the government’s largest IT problems. I tethered myself to the group dedicated to impacting the ways the government hires, motivates, and retains skilled...

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IT Solutions Challenge 2015 Problem Description - Kimberly McCarthy

By: Kimberly McCarthy | 13 May 2015

The goal of our team is to solve inefficiency in government due to a lack of standardization across IT policies and infrastructure. Even though our group is made up of six different government agencies across both IT and acquisition, the problems encountered in both sectors prove to be very similar...

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IT Solutions Challenge 2015 First Impressions - Gibran Mills

By: Gibran Mills | 30 Apr 2015

In the Federal IT landscape, new buzzwords are constantly identified and implemented in the workforce. Terms like ‘agile’ and ‘better buying power’ are used so often that sometimes their true value is lost. Despite the unintentional dilution of these terms, on Thursday April 9, 2015 in the Indian Treaty Room...

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IT Solutions Challenge 2015 Problem Description - Lori Zimet

By: Lori Zimet | 24 Apr 2015

I’ve worked in the Federal Government for over 13 years, but the vast of majority of government agency work remains a mystery to me. When I heard that my managers at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had nominated me for the CIOC IT Solutions Challenge, I was excited to participate in...

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IT Solutions Challenge 2015 Problem Description - Tonya Eaton

By: Tonya Eaton | 23 Apr 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015, was filled with continuous activities that allowed us to understand and contribute to the first workshop of the IT Solutions Challenge. It was great to hear encouraging words from multiple guest speakers throughout the day including Stephanie Brown’s graphic facilitation, which wrapped up a lot of...

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IT Solutions Challenge 2015 First Impressions - Edgar Pedroza

By: Edgar Pedroza | 23 Apr 2015

When I was first asked by the Chief Information Officer of the Department of the Interior, Sylvia Burns and the Geospatial Information Officer, Dr. Jerry Johnston, whether I would consider a nomination to serve on an exciting new committee being formed by the CIO Council, my first question was to...

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IT Solutions Challenge 2015 First Impressions - Jeremy Greenland

By: Jeremy Greenland | 22 Apr 2015

The Eisenhower Executive Office Building isn’t something you see every day. The architecture is beautiful and the décor is stunning. In short, it’s the kind of building that draws the eye. Yet today, instead of focusing on the room I was in, or the building, I found my eye drawn...

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GSA Partners with CIO Council to Move IT Shared Services Forward

By: CIO Council Operations | 20 Apr 2015

The CIO Council’s Executive Committee recently approved the transfer of its Shared Services Task Force to the General Service Administration’s Office of Government-wide Policy (OGP). This move will allow the Council to leverage OGP’s focus on creating customer focused, data-driven advisory services for agency executives. Serving as a just- in-...

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IT Solutions Challenge

By: CIO Council Operations | 14 Apr 2015

The IT Solutions Challenge consists of several small working groups of rising stars within the IT and IT acquisition communities who will identify issues within the Federal Government and work together over the course of six months to develop solutions to those problems. The goal was to tap into the...

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CIO Council to Sponsor First Annual IT Solutions Challenge

By: Tony Scott | 04 Mar 2015

It’s great to be up and running in my new job as Federal CIO. I’m looking forward to be working with Agency CIOs through the CIO Council, but I’m also interested in working with all levels of Federal IT and IT Acquisition workforces. That’s why I’m excited to announce the...

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