The ACQUIRE Feed - Issue 22

October 21, 2016 - Issue 22

How the government IT shop is changing (FCW)

CIOs are transitioning from a tactical, infrastructure focus to a more agile, application-centric mindset.

Critics say at-will employment can take financial, operational toll (Federal Soup)

An Indiana congressman has roiled tempers with a bill introduced before the fall recess that would make all new federal hires at-will employees. (Login required)

Modernization guidance from ACT-IAC (FCW)

Planning for modernizing systems can be tricky because adopting technologies requires more than just tech savvy, according to a new ACT-IAC modernization guide.

Survey: Some feds think merit principles not followed (Federal Soup)

A new Merit Systems Protection Board report indicates some federal employees think there is room for improvement in how well their agencies support merit system principles. (Login required)

Legacy fund already having impact (FCW)

U.S. CIO Tony Scott said a proposed IT modernization fund, still before Congress, is changing the way agencies think about upgrading legacy technology.

Pushing agencies to embrace programmability (FCW)

Four programmability challenges for federal IT— and how to tackle each of them.

How big companies drive innovation in government IT (FCW)

Rather than being hampered by their size, large IT contractors are uniquely positioned to support the government's efforts to innovate.

Pentagon IT service consolidation nears the finish line (FCW)

The Pentagon's joint IT service is borrowing cultural elements often associated with social media companies to advance its IT modernization push, but not without resistance.

Sen. Hatch dives into the FAR (FCW)

A key Senate committee wants to hear from vendors about how well agencies are following IT procurement rules.

A bipartisan proposal for performance management in the next administration (FCW)

Steve Kelman applauds a new report, and its potential for pushing smart management under the next president.

Kerry seeks talent boost from Silicon Valley (FCW)

Secretary of State John Kerry called on the technology industry for help with staffing and ideas for the agency's Global Engagement Center.

New federal CISO is in it for the long haul (FCW)

U.S. Chief Information Security Officer Greg Touhill said he doesn't plan on going anywhere come January and is moving to improve federal cybersecurity awareness and coordination.