NSA launches open source training platform for apps, development
The new tool, called SkillTree, was developed for training NSA employees on complex applications as well as software development, but it is available for adaptation by the public.
How a small group of Marines is advancing modernization with coding
The Marine Corps needs every manhour it can get. So a small group of Marines have come together to use software to make the corps more effective.
Futures Command looking to grow Army tech talent through new educational programs
The Army wants to have more AI skills across its force, with technologists informing how it thinks about the future. So it's launching several new programs to educate and collaborate.
New free software offerings from NASA include VR for training and more
The catalog is part of NASA's technology transfer efforts. Many of the packages are available for use by the public.
Giant no-bid IT contracts at Kansas revenue agency prompt surprising layoffs
The Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) will lay off 56 employees after two multimillion dollar no-bid contracts with CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc., the company behind the torrid rollout of Healthcare.gov in 2013, the Wichita Eagle first reported this week. KDOR will move its information technology services over to the company after signing at least two no-bid contracts in February 2017 and February 2018 worth $59 million and $53 million, respectively. Some lawmakers…
Meet PAIGE, San Francisco's promising young IT procurement chatbot
San Francisco city procurement officials are experimenting with a new chatbot for internal use that is expected to clarify one of government’s most confusing processes. After a soft launch on Jan. 1, the Office of Contract Administration is now honing a digital assistant designed for use by workers across the city-county government who want to buy IT products, but aren’t sure how. Her name is PAIGE. She speaks with a…
Government's digital transformation should be a constant and sustained process, says Washington D.C. CTO
The way government thinks about digital transformation needs to change, said Washington D.C. Chief Technology Officer Archana Vemulapalli. “The whole modernization concept has to change,” she said in a panel discussion Thursday at the Digital Transformation Summit, presented by Dell EMC and produced by FedScoop. “We always think about modernization as a separate one-off effort, but it’s a very core part of delivering service.” Government should take a page from other government agencies, Vemulapalli…