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Zangardi out as DHS CIO

In a sudden move, John Zangardi announced to his staff Friday it was his last day as DHS CIO. Zangardi will depart DHS to take time off, ending his nearly two-year tenure with the department. “After three decades of military and government service, I feel the time is right for me to try my hand at something different. I am going to take a very short break from work and then dive right back into the excitement,” he said in his announcement. Sources close to Zangardi said he plans to take a role with Leidos. More on Zangardi's move.

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HHS will hire a new chief data officer after all

We told you recently that HHS oddly had two people claiming to be chief data officer. We've sorted through it, and it appears the department is hiring for a new CDO after all, with CIO Jose Arrieta serving in the role in the interim. That, of course, leaves the question of what the situation means for incumbent CDO Mona Siddiqui, who's been with HHS for two years. Dave Nyczepir has more on HHS's CDO situation.

USDA’s Francisco Salguero hired as FCC CIO

Another CIO is on the move. Francisco Salguero, deputy CIO at the Agriculture Department, is heading to the FCC to take over the CIO role Christine Calvosa vacated earlier this year. Salguero, who has been with USDA for 14 years, will join FCC next month. Billy has the scoop.

Margaret Weichert details federal workforce progress, and what’s to come

At the Workforce Summit on Thursday, Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management in the White House Office of Management and Budget, detailed progress the government has made on hiring authorities and performance management. “A 19th-century framework for people and talent,” she said, referring to how federal service is currently structured, “isn’t going to cut it.” However, there’s still work to do, though, on “building in agility” to the workforce. See what Weichert had to say.

AWS files protest of JEDI award in federal claims court

As many anticipated, Amazon Web Services is protesting the Pentagon's award of the potentially $10 billion JEDI contract to Microsoft. A company suggested in a statement that the protest feels the acquisition has been tainted by political bias. AWS believes "it’s critical for our country that the government and its elected leaders administer procurements objectively and in a manner that is free from political influence," the spokesperson said. "Numerous aspects of the JEDI evaluation process contained clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias — and it’s important that these matters be examined and rectified.” Billy has more.

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