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GSA to Help OPM Modernize IT Through Centers of Excellence Program; Emily Murphy Quoted

The General Services Administration has partnered with the Office of Personnel Management to help OPM update its information technology systems and address structural issues through the Centers of Excellence program. GSA said Monday it will provide technical and consulting assistance in support of OPM’s IT and future modernization initiatives through a discovery sprint.

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GSA Unveils New Repository for Cloud Resources

The General Services Administration introduced an interactive hub designed to serve as a cloud resource for federal agencies and connect government buyers to cloud service providers. The Cloud Information Center on the Acquisition Gateway allows government users to download templates, review acquisition guidance, access GSA’s best practices and market research as a service tool and work with other decision-makers, GSA said Thursday.

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Senate Committee Passes Bill to Modernize Constituent Services Process

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed a bill to streamline congressional offices' process in reaching federal agencies on behalf of constituents. The Creating Advanced Streamlined Electronic Services for Constituents act would allow constituents to electronically authorize their representation in congressional offices for engagements with federal agencies, the office of Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Wednesday.

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HUD Continues Modernization Through Latest TMF Funding

The Department of Housing and Urban Development expects to complete 20 percent of its modernization by end of 2019 as the agency has secured another $5 million from the Technology Modernization Fund to support the project, Federal News Network reported Monday. The additional funding is the second grant from the agency’s $20 million loan to support upgrades to the agency’s seven mainframe systems. Kevin Cooke, deputy chief information officer of HUD, said the agency developed a pilot program to manage hundreds of thousands of lines of code for the mainframes.

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CBP Awards Task Order for Analytics Support

U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a five-year, $35.8 million task order for analytics services in support of the agency's Office of Information and Technology. The task order provides for analytics on enforcement, trade and enterprise and is filed under CBP's Enterprise Business Management Support Services blanket purchase agreement, the agency said Friday.

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IRS Releases Six-Year IT Modernization Plan

A recently released Internal Revenue Service report estimates that operations and maintenance costs for IRS information technology systems will reach $3 billion by fiscal 2026, Nextgov reported Monday. The six-year Integrated Business Modernization Plan released on Thursday states that the IRS spends over $2.2 billion to operate and maintain its systems every year.

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Merit Systems Protection Board Seeks Increase From President’s Budget Request

The Merit Systems Protection Board filed a bypass request with Congress seeking $46.8M in funds for 2020, reflecting a $4.6M increase from the president’s proposed budget. MSPB said in its congressional budget justification the president’s budget request of $42.3M represents a 10 percent cut to the board’s current funding level and would result in a workforce reduction if enacted.

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VA Integrating Financial, Acquisition Systems for Latest IT Upgrade

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to integrate its acquisition and financial management systems to improve how the agency buys technologies as part of its ongoing modernization program, Government CIO Media & Research reported Monday. “Longstanding in VA, we've not had an integrated acquisition and finance solution,” said Terry Riffel, deputy assistant secretary of financial management business transformation at VA.

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OMB Officials Say Office of Federal CIO Continues to Uphold Transparency

Matthew Cornelius, senior technology and cybersecurity adviser at the Office of Management and Budget, said the office of the federal chief information officer within OMB continues to promote transparency, Nextgov reported Monday. “This OMB—and Suzette Kent, my boss—have been very adamant about us being transparent and open in the policymaking process,” Cornelius said at an Association for Federal Information Resources Management-hosted event in response to reports that OFCIO was in turmoil.

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