The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee Stephen Vaden as the new general counsel to the Agriculture Department.Read More »
The U.S. Department of Agriculture granted the Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Awards to Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. The awards recognize the national laboratories' fiscal 2018 works on biobased products, USDA said Monday. LANL used biobased products as alternatives to traditional oil-based lubricants for metal-cutting machines, resulting in savings in oil and reduced cases of overspray. Meanwhile, LLNL recycled biobased materials to produce cutlery, cups, containers and other food service ware. The laboratory recycled 68 metric tons of compostable waste last year.Read More »
The Technology Modernization Board has awarded $23.5M in second round of funds to help three federal agencies upgrade their information technology infrastructure, Federal Times reported Monday. The General Services Administration and the departments of Agriculture and Labor were the award recipients under the Technology Modernization Fund’s round two.
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
Alan Thomas, commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, has said the board that oversees the Technology Modernization Fund plans to award the next round of funding for information technology upgrades at agencies amid uncertainty in budget allocation for TMF in fiscal 2019, Federal Times reported Thursday. “We did not take into account whether we were going to get another tranche of money in there,” Thomas, a member of the Technology Modernization Board, said Thursday at an Association for Federal Information Resource Management event.Read More »
Kelly Olson, acting director of the General Service Administration’s Technology Transformation Service, told FedScoop in an interview published Tuesday that GSA intends to provide updates in October on transformation efforts at the Department of Agriculture that serves as the “lighthouse” agency for the IT Modernization Centers of Excellence.
The Department of Agriculture has provided a 30-day extension for organizations interested in housing the Economic Research Services and National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which will both be relocated in late 2019.
Stakeholders such as universities and local governments asked USDA to extend the deadline to further prepare and submit proposals, the department said Friday.