Watch Treasury CIO Sonny Bhagowalia’s FedTalks 2014 keynote

Sonny Bhagowalia, chief information officer for the Treasury Department, discussed improving citizen services in the digital age during his FedTalks 2014 keynote.

GAO chief: DATA Act has a ‘long way to go’

The head of the Government Accountability Office expressed cautious optimism that the federal government could establish governmentwide financial data standards by May 2015.

FDA’s Kass-Hout sees tech opportunities in personalized medicine

FDA’s first chief health informatics officer envisions a future where health care could be better tailored to the patent.

Off the grid: Why can’t the U.S. find ISIL’s money?

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant is now considered the richest terrorist group in the world. But in a world of electronic banking, why is it so hard to identify the group’s middlemen and their money trail?

Audit: IRS won’t hit HSPD-12 ID card benchmark until 2018

New Treasury Department CIO Sonny Bhagowalia has only been on the job for a few hours, but he already has a major department headache to deal with.

White House unveils executive order to strengthen financial security

In the wake of major credit card breaches at Target, Home Depot and J.P. Morgan over the past year, a new executive order from President Barack Obama will require consumer-facing federal agencies to upgrade their point of sale terminals to a more safe, encrypted technology by the start of 2015.

The DATA Act journey is just beginning

More than four months after President Barack Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 into law, discussion has only just begun on how the administration plans to put the law into practice.

Postal Service strives to innovate despite 4th straight Treasury default

The United States Postal Service will default on a more than $5.5 billion prefunding payment to the U.S. Treasury, according to the agency’s chief financial officer.

NSTIC is moving forward, but does it even have a chance?

How would the implementation of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace actually work, or could it even work?

Significant security flaws in Treasury Department, FDIC computer systems

The GAO released two reports last week that detailed security weaknesses in two federal agencies that are responsible for U.S. financial information.

Up & Comers makes a comeback

FedScoop’s popular podcast series, “Up-and-Coming,” is back. Starting July 15, FedScoop will be interviewing and profiling the millennials who are setting the stage for what the next decade of federal IT will look like.

The Big data initiative shines in surprising places

The Obama administration probably didn’t envision local hunting, fishing and boating commissions as examples of how the government can harness big data. Neither did Waldo Jaquith, director of the U.S. Open Data Institute, when the president asked the Office of Science and Technology Policy to study the power of big data in January. Yet, at a workshop held by OSTP last week, Jaquith spoke of hunting and fishing regulations as a shining example of where big data is headed. Jaquith was one of many public and private sector officials June 19 who attended a workshop at Georgetown University to discuss…

Subcommittee slashes 2015 IRS budget

House lawmakers Wednesday moved to slash funding for the Internal Revenue Service to its lowest level in years, putting key IT and modernization efforts in jeopardy.

Agencies put brakes on mobility plans

A new survey of federal managers says expanding mobility within agencies isn’t a high priority, primarily due to security concerns.

Budget pressures threatening IRS operations and modernization, GAO says

Taxpayer services and major IT modernization efforts at the Internal Revenue Service could be in jeopardy if the agency does not receive the increase in funding proposed in President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget, according to a new report.

UPDATED: Treasury CIO to depart after 3 years on the job

Robyn East, chief information officer at the Treasury Department, plans to retire in June, FedScoop has learned.

White House reveals four financial management shared service providers

Common services such as human resources and accounting are some of the main sources of duplicative programs and costs facing the government. In an effort to streamline these processes in government, the Obama administration has announced four shared service providers across the federal landscape.

TechTake: OMB posts agency progress on

The Office of Management and Budget announced Thursday agencies had made significant progress with their 2012-2013 Agency Priority Goals.

Websites likely culprit when citizen satisfaction with government dwindles

Satisfaction with federal government services has dropped in the last year, and government websites may be to blame.

Wasteful conference spending sees drastic decline

After tougher scrutiny from Congress and inspectors general, along with an executive order on curbing conference spending, at least four agencies have significantly scaled back on events expenditures, according to a new report.

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