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GSA Seeks to Adopt Automation for Operational Efficiency, Savings

The General Services Administration plans to implement robotic process automation at the agency to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs, FedScoop reported Tuesday. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy, a 2018 Wash 100 awardee, described the initiative during the 2018 Imagine Nation ELC conference, noting that the adoption of RPA is meant to supplement the agency's data-driven efficiency efforts that resulted in $900M worth of savings in fiscal year 2017.

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David Chow: Housing and Urban Development Dept Eyes Financial Transformation via CoE, Tech Modernization Fund

David Chow, chief information officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, told Federal News Network in an interview published Friday that the Centers of Excellence program and the Technology Modernization Fund are part of HUD’s efforts to transform its financial profile. The report said HUD received $5M in September as the first installment of the $20M loan approved by the TMF board.

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Gov’t Employees Consider Workforce Training, Development Critical to Federal IT Modernization

A recent study has revealed that, on average, roughly half of federal government employees consider workforce training and development to be the most critical element in achieving information technology modernization at their respective agencies. The study was conducted by the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council in partnership with news organization MeriTalk.

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Federal CIO Says Agencies Doing Well in Seven Cybersecurity Performance Indicators

Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent has said that federal agencies are performing well on seven cybersecurity key performance indicators outlined under the President’s Management Agenda, MeriTalk reported Wednesday. Kent, however, did not specify in which cybersecurity KPIs agencies were showing improvement. The PMA lists 10 indicators grouped under three categories.

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Gary Washington: USDA to Implement Modern Platforms in Next 12 Months Under CoE Program

Gary Washington, chief information officer at the Agriculture Department, told Federal News Network in an interview posted Monday that USDA will begin implementing new technology platforms in the next 12 to 18 months as part of the Centers of Excellence program. Washington said USDA has already closed 21 of the 39 data centers slated for shutdown and will continue to introduce changes to Farmers.gov to improve the customer experience.

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VA Establishes Commission to Search for Veterans Health Administration Leader

The Depart of Veterans Affairs has formed a commission to search for potential candidates to fill the leadership position for the Veterans Health Administration. Members of the search commission will work to identify individuals with the required knowledge, vision and dedication to serve as the undersecretary for health, the VA said Thursday.

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Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Augment Federal CIO Role; Will Hurd Quoted

Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., have introduced a bill aiming to reauthorize the role of the federal chief information officer, and establish a clearer structure for information technology reporting in the administration.

The Federal CIO Authorization Act of 2018 would rename the Office of E-Government to the Office of the Federal CIO, Hurd's office said Wednesday.

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David Chow: Housing and Urban Development Dept Eyes Cybersecurity for Sixth Center of Excellence

David Chow, chief information officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, told Nextgov in an interview published Wednesday that HUD is in discussions with the General Services Administration to establish a new center of excellence focused cybersecurity. “There have been talks—preliminary conversations—about looking into some sort of a cybersecurity assessment,” Chow told the publication.

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GSA Picks Dept of Housing and Urban Dev’t for IT Centers of Excellence Program; Emily Murphy Quoted

The General Services Administration has partnered with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help HUD modernize its information technology systems through the Centers of Excellence program. The technology transformation services at GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service will help HUD assess IT challenges and requirements through a discovery sprint and leverage the CoE model to support IT modernization efforts, GSA said Tuesday.

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GSA, Marine Corps Sign Performance-Based Agreement for Product & Service Acquisitions

The General Services Administration has agreed to help the U.S. Marine Corps buy technology platforms and logistics services through a performance-based contracting method.

Both parties also established the Partnership Agreement Council to identify methods to update information technology systems and manage supply chain operations for the service branch's procurement efforts, the GSA said Tuesday.

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