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  • How USAID earned an ‘A’ on the FITARA scorecard
    Posted in News on June 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Jason Miller In a rocky FITARA sea of red and yellow “Fs” and “Ds,” the U.S. Agency for International Development stood out like a lighthouse. USAID became the first agency earlier this month to receive an “A” on the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. While most agencies stagnated, USAID lifted its grades from a “D” to an “A+” over the last six months. The fourth scorecard, released by the committee on June 13, showed ag... Read more

  • Silicon Valley, White House Tackle Troubled Government Tech
    Posted in News on June 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    John D. McKinnon When Silicon Valley executives arrived at the White House Monday to talk about modernizing federal computer systems, there was plenty of common interest at stake. The administration wants to cut redundancies and modernize the way Americans interact with their government, and tech companies see a $90 billion-a-year business. But those companies also face a common challenge. The government’s sprawling information-technology system is flawed and balky, controlled in agency fiefdoms... Read more

  • Connolly Announces Town Hall
    Posted in News on June 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, Federal Employees, Transportation, Veterans, Foreign Policy, Seniors, Environment/Energy, Education, Technology, Animal Welfare, Gun Safety, Criminal Justice Reform, Equality, Immigration

    On Monday, June 19th at 7:00 PM Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) will host a town hall meeting at the Sunset Hills Montessori School in Reston, VA. Connolly will provide a congressional update and then take audience questions. Due to space constraints, RSVPs are required. You can RSVP here. For additional information please contact our office at: 703-256-3071. When: June 19, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Where: Sunset Hills Montessori School 11180 Ridge Heights Rd. Reston, VA 20191 Read more

  • Lawmakers rail against DoD’s efforts to reform IT management
    Posted in News on June 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Jason Miller House lawmakers didn’t hold their tongues when describing the Defense Department’s seemingly poor implementation of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act and what looks to be a total lack of acknowledgement of the law. Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee from both sides of the aisle expressed disappointment with DoD’s efforts. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), ranking member of the government operations subcommittee, said the Pentagon has a “recalcitrant, arrog... Read more

  • Agencies Fret Over FITARA Scores as Congress Decries DoD’s ‘F’
    Posted in News on June 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Eleanor Lamb Four Federal agencies wishing to discuss their overall grades on the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecard called the Government Accountability Office the morning of June 13, just hours after the scorecard was released. The calls came from offices of the chief information officer, a position that FITARA places squarely under the microscope. According to David Powner, director of IT Management Issues for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, this immedi... Read more

  • Trump insider pursuing bid for FBI building contract, raising questions of conflict of interest
    Posted in News on June 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Matthew Mosk and Brian Ross In what ethics experts are calling a glaring “direct conflict” of interest, a significant business partner of both President Donald Trump and his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is pursuing a $2 billion government contract to build a new headquarters for the FBI. “It creates a huge conflict,” said Rep. Gerald Connolly, a Virginia Democrat who sits on the House Oversight Committee. “It’s an enormous project. The exposure here for the Trump administration is... Read more

  • Leaving Paris climate agreement cools Trump's relationship with tech
    Posted in News on June 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Environment/Energy, Technology

    Melissa Quinn President Trump's relationship with Silicon Valley may have reached a crossroads following his decision to leave the Paris Agreement, as giants of the technology industry prepare to gather at the White House while bucking the administration's position on the deal. Trump announced he will withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement in a speech in the Rose Garden in early June. In exiting the climate accord, the president followed through on a campaign promise and rallied his base. Th... Read more

  • Rep. Connolly predicts dire outcomes from Trump budget proposals
    Posted in News on June 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, Federal Employees, Foreign Policy, Environment/Energy, Education, Technology

    Brian Trompeter President Trump’s proposed budget would undermine key environmental programs and cost Northern Virginia tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity, U.S. Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-11th) said June 8. “It’s probably one of the most radical documents that any president has submitted to any Congress,” Connolly told Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce members during a legislative update at the Tower Club in Tysons. “It slashes domestic investment profoundly an... Read more

  • Connolly: Lack of Trump appointees could stall IT modernization
    Posted in News on June 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Caren Cordell For all of the bipartisan goodwill that modernizing the government’s information technology has beget, there’s one thing that Gerry Connolly thinks can bring it to a halt: the executive branch. Speaking at the MeriTalk’s Cloud for Next-Gen Government conference on June 7, Rep. Connolly, D-Va., said that despite the legislative momentum behind the Modernizing Government Technology Act and White House support through recent executive orders, the movement to upgrade federal IT could s... Read more

  • Congressional Crystal Ball: The Future of Federal IT Initiatives
    Posted in News on June 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Jessie Bur Congress will be busy with future tech initiatives and members have high hopes for the potential of current programs, according to two congressmen who spoke June 7 at MeriTalk’s Cloud Computing Brainstorm. Congressional IT leaders Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., talked about the future of major IT initiatives such as FedRAMP, the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act, FITARA, and executive leadership, offering insight into the shape of IT developments in the... Read more

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