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New free software offerings from NASA include VR for training and more

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

The catalog is part of NASA's technology transfer efforts. Many of the packages are available for use by the public.

How Louisiana saved $70 million with IT consolidation efforts

by StateScoop Staff

The state of Louisiana recently organized an office consolidation and IT modernization project that has so far achieved $70 million in cost savings. The state brought together all of its IT departments from across 20 executive branches. Under this new structure, it has been able to consolidate legacy systems, work toward IT modernization and cut costs by using a shared services model. A new report published by Splunk shows how…

Giant no-bid IT contracts at Kansas revenue agency prompt surprising layoffs

by Ryan Johnston

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

by Colin Wood

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…

How to improve collaboration between developers and security teams

by StateScoop Staff

DevOps is quickly becoming the default development methodology for government agencies. Forty-two percent of states are now adopting DevOps and another 37 percent of states have DevOps pilots underway, according to the latest survey of state CIOs from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. The benefits of DevOps are undeniable, but the current model may be creating security blind spots in applications that could have ramifications for the…

Short on staff, Nebraska taps analytics to spot tax evaders

by Jason Shueh

Nebraska’s Department of Revenue is enlisting the help of analytics experts to identify residents who have neglected to file their taxes. The Revenue Department contracted ASR Analytics, a Maryland-based firm, to hunt for residents who owe the state more than $5,000 in back taxes, the Associated Press reported Sunday. The software being used scouts through the department’s databases and adds extra scrutiny to those with higher than average incomes, those with IRS debt, past non-filers and…

Chat tool slices customer support times at Tennessee labor department

by Jason Shueh

New tools included in a system modernization are in some cases improving response times tenfold.

Government's digital transformation should be a constant and sustained process, says Washington D.C. CTO

by Jake Williams

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…

Northern California firefighters use real-time mapping to track devastation

by Jason Shueh

To alert the community and inform recovery operations, firefighters are using a new GIS app to report destroyed or damaged buildings.

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