Spotlight: VA awards $5M precision medicine grant

Precision medicine is a major priority for the Obama administration, but until now much of the research into how genetics and behavior can better guide clinicians to more effective treatments has been executed by Health and Human Services Department agencies. 

Halvorsen says 'Cyber Pearl Harbor' probable

The idea of a catastrophic IT security event has captured cyber policy wonks' imaginations through the term "Cyber Pearl Harbor." And while some have railed against the term's use as fear mongering, the Defense Department's IT lead thinks such an event is not only plausible, but probable.

Marine Corps willing to trade capacity for cyber capability, says Walsh

Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, deputy commandant for combat development and integration and commanding general of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, said the service will likely consider taking a "risk in capacity" so that it can grow capability in emerging areas, such as cyber operations.

Army official: Personnel must be diligent about user roles

As Army personnel navigate the networks and devices needed to conduct business daily, their roles — and access privileges — may change. Colonel Greg Conti, director of the Army Cyber Institute, said personnel can take an active role in network defense by providing feedback on what they can or cannot access. 

From agile learning to challenges, OFPP's new IT acquisition cadre could have outsized impact

Last week, 30 acquisition professionals kicked off a six-month journey to learn how to better buy IT products and services. And while the goal of the Digital Service Contracting Professional Training and Development Program sounds simple, the transformation the Office of Federal Procurement Policy hopes to drive with it represents a major cultural shift.

GAO finds DoD's IT component supply chain strategy lacking

Bringing mission-critical and cutting-edge technology to the warfighter is dependent in part on the Defense Department's ability to use microelectronics, but the Government Accountability Office says the DoD needs to plan for the possibility that access to trusted microelectronics may be limited in the future.

Role of IPO questioned in DoD-VA EHR interoperability hearing

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments' Interagency Program Office was designed to be "a single point of accountability" for health record interoperability efforts, but lawmakers are right to question its very existence, said a Government Accountability Office official.

SIGAR questions USAID health facilities data

Information on a seven-year health program the U.S. Agency for International Development conducted in Afghanistan is inaccurate, according to the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR.

GSA's new shared services lead hopes to uncover agency savings with a holistic approach

What happens before and after an agency moves to a shared service provider is just as important as the actual transition, according to Beth Angerman, the new lead at the General Services Administration's Unified Shared Services Management Office.

OMB expected to 'substantially change' identity management performance metrics

"They are going to be looking at far more elements of how ICAM works," said Jim Sheire, director of identity management at the General Services Administration's office of governmentwide policy.

Spotlight: CISA passes Senate, next come negotiations

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act passed in the Senate with a 74-21 vote on Tuesday.

2-year federal budget deal expected to pass

The House of Representatives could pass a budget deal as early as today that lays out a plan to fund the federal government, which is currently operating under a continuing resolution set to expire Dec. 11.

Operational confusion led to more than 400 critical- to high-risk vulnerabilities persisting on systems at BIS

Failures in communication and a lack of remediation for known cybersecurity flaws pointed to the Bureau of Industry and Security's continuous monitoring program as being 'deficient,' according to a report.

Legacy technology makes government less secure, less innovative, say federal IT leaders

Legacy systems impair the government's ability to secure its information technology, said Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott.

GSA platform will 'cut through the noise,' empower contracting officers

The General Services Administration's recently launched governmentwide acquisition hub not only better organizes goods and services around categories, it is leading to a better organized government acquisition workforce, said GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth.

Digital engagement on the rise, survey finds

Government efforts to increase citizen engagement digitally seem to be paying off, according to a new survey.

Reservists, rotations and a call to end 'hacks' of the federal hiring process

As government looks to foster innovation, it's also looking to its workforce — bringing new talent to government while also "awakening" career personnel that have let their roles stagnate.

Rung: Inaugural IT acquisition cadre starts work this week

An information technology–focused cadre of acquisition professionals begins work this week, said Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Anne Rung. The creation of the group was mandated by the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA.

GSA, OMB announce plans to create central shared services governing bodies

The General Services Administration and Office of Management and Budget announced last week their plan to implement a governmentwide shared services management and oversight operating model.

$8.5M in grants to be awarded as part of NCI's Genomic Data Analysis Network

As the National Cancer Institute works to create its Genomic Data Analysis Network, the agency announced three new grant opportunities Oct. 22 that would deliver up to $8.5 million in funds to some 14 projects.