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3 ways agile can improve communications during contract transitions — GCN

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This article is the first in a series on how government agencies and vendors can apply agile processes and strategies for better contract transitions.

Government agencies can choose from hundreds of approved vendors, and while we all know that choice is good, it can also create challenges. Agencies use multiple vendors for different reasons, and they often find themselves handing off work from one contractor to another. This move can risk interrupting client operations.

Source: 3 ways agile can improve communications during contract transitions — GCN

NASCIO outlines IT services broker framework — GCN

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To help state CIOs better navigate the shifting political, technological and funding landscape and changing stakeholder demands, the National Association of State CIOs is working on a project called “The CIO Operating System: Managing Complexity in a Sustainable Way.”

Source: NASCIO outlines IT services broker framework — GCN

GSA’s plans for modernizing IT infrastructure — GCN

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Based on direction from the White House, the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Service is taking the lead to help agencies modernize their IT infrastructure. Joanne Collins Smee, acting director of TTS and deputy commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service, outlined GSA’s priorities for the next year at a March 1 AFCEA Bethesda event.

Source: GSA’s plans for modernizing IT infrastructure — GCN

New vendors join FedRAMP Connect — GCN

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The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program has selected the next group of vendors for the FedRAMP Connect program, which prioritizes cloud service providers to work with the Joint Authorization Board based on governmentwide demand, applicability for cross-agency use and system  security.

FedRAMP received about 40 applications for the ATO prioritization and eventually selected five vendors and services:

Source: New vendors join FedRAMP Connect — GCN

State CIOs stress security, emerging tech and IT consolidation for 2018 — GCN

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The National Association of State CIOs has outlined its legislative priorities for 2018, focusing on harmonizing federal cybersecurity regulations, recognizing state authority in emerging technology and ensuring safeguards for shared intergovernmental data.

Source: State CIOs stress security, emerging tech and IT consolidation for 2018 — GCN

GSA seeks bids for IT modernization Centers of Excellence — GCN

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The General Services Administration has started the process to organize five centers of excellence around federal IT modernization with a request for quotations on staffing needs for the CoEs.

Source: GSA seeks bids for IT modernization Centers of Excellence — GCN

FedRAMP playbook walks agencies through the ATO process — GCN

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The Agency Authorization Playbook offers step-by-step guidance, best practices and tips to help agencies successfully implement the authorization process.

Source: FedRAMP playbook walks agencies through the ATO process — GCN

NASCIO survey highlights IT consolidation, cybersecurity progress — GCN

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As more states centralize their IT operations, CIOs still face obstacles related to funding and the ability to offer specialized services.  But a shared services model where CIOs act as brokers to recover costs of services from agencies is quickly becoming a new normal.

Source: NASCIO survey highlights IT consolidation, cybersecurity progress — GCN

FedRAMP launches streamlined approvals for low-impact services — GCN

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The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program is now offering FedRAMP Tailored, a faster approval process for cloud service providers with low-impact software-as-a-service offerings.

Source: FedRAMP launches streamlined approvals for low-impact services — GCN

GSA looks to blockchain for speeding procurement processes — GCN

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While best known for financial applications, blockchain has public-sector use cases that range from supply chain to public records. The General Services Administration may soon add one more, as GSA is looking into how distributed ledger technology can speed up the FASt Lane process for IT Schedule 70 contracts through automation.

Source: GSA looks to blockchain for speeding procurement processes — GCN

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