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27 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
Season 5 Episode 10 - Inside VA's Innovative Workforce, IT Modernization Strategies
President Biden's recent executive order on diversity, equity, inclusion and access calls on federal agencies "to cultivate a workforce that draws from the full diversity of the nation." Department of Veterans Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Dewaine Beard, as VA's No. 2 tech chief, discusses how his agency is implementing new workforce initiatives to drive a diverse, innovative culture. He also unpacks VA OIT's tech modernization and "vision-first" priorities ahead.
11 minutes | Aug 5, 2022
Flywheel Fridays: Data and Security Strategies for Modernization
Federal IT modernization is a continuous process, and agencies are focusing on the different avenues and strategies they need to pursue to seek improved IT capabilities. Senior Researchers Kate Macri and Melissa Harris break down the top takeaways of the July 28 Blueprints of Tomorrow event featuring civilian and defense federal agencies and their work around data management, foundational tactics, workforce development and more.
26 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
Season 5 Episode 9 - Census Bureau's Data Modernization Path to 2030
The Census Bureau ramped up capabilities to enable the first digital decennial census in 2020. In the midst of that, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the bureau to a telework environment. Now Census Bureau Deputy CIO Gregg Bailey highlights the data science modernization underway in analyzing 2020 data and gearing up for the next census to prepare the bureau for its important role it plays in federal funds allocation and economic projections.
18 minutes | Jul 15, 2022
Flywheel Fridays - Women Tech Leaders Inspire Women to Serve
GovCIO Media & Research's second annual Women Tech Leaders event came back in-person this year. During the event, speakers explored the strides women are making in cybersecurity, data, customer experience, workforce issues and more. Senior researchers Kate Macri and Melissa Harris discuss highlights from the event and key takeaways.
18 minutes | Jul 6, 2022
Season 5 Episode 8 - SOCOM's IT Priorities for Mobile, On-Demand Network Access
With the 2022 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in the books, Special Operations Command CIO Peter Tragakis discusses his tech priorities. This includes a look at how the command is moving to a hybrid-cloud environment securely and balancing legacy IT with new technologies amid a highly disparate and mobile ecosystem.
16 minutes | Jun 17, 2022
Flywheel Fridays - Federal AI and Data Perspectives Event Recap
The AI landscape is quickly moving as a collaborative effort across government. Staff Writer Katherine MacPhail joins Senior Researcher Kate Macri to unpack top takeaways from the AI Gov: Data virtual event. Topics include how to make AI research and infrastructure equitable and accessible while balancing privacy rights and civil liberties, as well as testing strategies for ensuring AI model accuracy and effectiveness. Featured perspectives include leadership from the White House, National Science Foundation and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense.
30 minutes | Jun 7, 2022
Season 5 Episode 7 - USAID First Digital Development Chief Talks Tech Strategy
From hardware access to public health networks and responsible AI principles, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is working to shape effective programming that empowers its partners and breaks down digital divides. With over 25 years of international development experience primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, Chief Digital Development Officer Christopher Burns spearheaded the agency's first-ever digital strategy in 2020. Burns discusses USAID’s two mutually reinforcing objectives that guide digital development, as well as his personal collection of African art and wooden stools.
14 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
Flywheel Fridays - Breaking down ARPA-H and Defense CDAO
On the heels of SOFIC, our researchers brief us on some major developments in the federal IT space. Most notably, there is the formation of the Biden-backed ARPA-H at NIH to improve government's ability to speed biomedical and health research, and also the rollout of the Defense Department's new Chief Digital and AI Office. Senior Researcher Melissa Harris and Staff Writer Nikki Henderson break down what these updates mean.
21 minutes | May 19, 2022
Live From SOFIC: How USSOCOM S&T Aligns With Mission Needs
USSOCOM S&T Director Lisa Sanders discusses her funding and program priorities and why she thinks she has one of the top five jobs in the entire Defense Department.
22 minutes | May 19, 2022
Live From SOFIC: USSOCOM's TAK Product Center Could Be the Next DOD Software Factory
Director Ryan McLean discusses his modernization strategy for the Tactical Assault Kit, a map-based software application connecting USSOCOM, other U.S. military services and allied partners. TAK is critical for effective, efficient communication in warfighting scenarios. McLean's plan could launch the product center to software factory status under the Defense Department's new software modernization strategy.
33 minutes | May 3, 2022
Season 5 Episode 6 - How State is Evolving IT to Support International Affairs
The State Department is at the forefront of many international affairs, supporting American interests and values abroad. Behind the scenes, however, is a team that provides the IT infrastructure, cybersecurity and solutions that support those diplomatic activities. We talk with State CIO Keith Jones to dive deeper into what those IT activities and modernization priorities are, as well as how State is looking to meet its IT goals through bold contracting opportunities.
16 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
Flywheel Fridays - Breaking Down IT Priorities in FY 2023
With the fiscal year 2022 budget finalized last month, why not look ahead? Our senior researchers break down key components of the Biden administration's proposed FY 2023 budget, including increases in spending for DOD, VA, IRS, DOJ and more. We'll talk cybersecurity, customer experience and infrastructure.
44 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
Season 5 Episode 5 - The Case for Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science in Government
Federal agencies typically pursue contracts and engagement with industry vendors to produce solutions for different mission areas, but what if the barrier to entry to helping agencies overcome challenges was lowered? Today, we dive into the General Services Administration Technology Transformation Service's Challenge.gov and CitizenScience.gov initiatives to learn how the platforms are allowing agencies to engage with the public at large to present their problem areas and receive crowdsourced solutions. TTS Director of Open Innovation Jarah Meador, who runs the platforms, shares how they have made a difference across all of government.
25 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
Season 5 Episode 4 - The Making of a Digital-First Social Security Administration
Social Security Administration maintains and administers the benefits and records of tens of millions of Americans nationwide for retirement payments, as well as benefits for disability and survivors. With the growing eligibility pool over the next decade, IT modernization is imperative. Agency veteran Sean Brune discusses the agency's immense changes he's seen over his career and how he sees emerging technologies and directives impacting what’s to come around digital services.
25 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Flywheel Fridays - Health IT Takeaways from HIMSS 2022
The 2022 HIMSS Conference in Orlando offered many exciting insights into the future of health IT. Senior Researcher Melissa Harris and Staff Writer Sarah Sybert were on the ground and now provide their top five takeaways from the conference. Topics include change management, APIs, interoperability, synthetic data, and expanded telehealth to combat future health crises.
17 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
Live from HIMSS - Former VA CIO Jim Gfrerer Reflects on Public Service, Essential Partnerships for Driving Innovation
Live from HIMSS, Former Department of Veterans Affairs CIO James Gfrerer discusses the importance of bridging business perspectives with tech-minded federal leadership. He reflects on his time in the role, some surprises he uncovered along the way and the importance of partnerships in technology modernization.
19 minutes | Mar 15, 2022
Live from HIMSS - New VA Standards Are Helping Developers Create Personalized Care Tools
Measuring how new technologies are succeeding in health care require a more purposeful approach. Ryan Vega, chief officer of the Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning at Veterans Health Administration, discusses a new framework that is helping health-focused developers create personalized tools incorporating more automation and streamlined workflows.
17 minutes | Mar 15, 2022
Live from HIMSS - AI Sprints are Helping VA Create Health Care Tools
One of the most promising capabilities set to impact health care is the application of artificial intelligence in all areas of the health care ecosystem. Lead coordinator of the Department of Veterans Affairs AI Tech Sprints, Rafael Fricks, joins us from HIMSS to talk how his tech sprints are improving data collection and predictive heath care for vets.
15 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
Flywheel Fridays - Fed IT Academy Awards
Our senior researchers are on the virtual red carpet for the first annual Flycademy Awards! Celebrate the year in federal IT with categories like Zero Trust Advocate of the Year, the FITARA Award, Cloud Thought Leader of the Year, and more.
22 minutes | Mar 10, 2022
Season 5 Episode 3 - Leading Through Change in New VA EHR Organization
It’s an exciting time for electronic health records, especially for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Its notable EHR program went through a reorganization over the past year. Joining us from the new EHR Modernization Integration Office is Acting Deputy CIO Laura Prietula who will be instrumental in communicating with on-site staff about the system. But before this role, she’s had a longstanding career at VA. She briefs us about the organization's new priorities and how she is approaching her leadership vision.
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