Government News Roundup – December 2017

There has been much discussion about government tech, modernization efforts, and cybersecurity in the press recently. Looking to catch up with the latest news?  See the highlights below along with links to read the articles in full.

Rethinking the Human Element of Government IT Modernization

This GCN article suggests that the reason why some agencies may be struggling with IT modernization, despite a massive effort, is that their staff “isn’t put first.” When implementing new technology, there are four key (human) challenges agencies must address…

How the FCC Could be the Model for IT Modernization

The FCC may “serve as the model for the implementation of the Modernizing Government Technology Act.” Notably, they reduced their spend on legacy systems from 85% in 2013 to 50% of its budget today. Learn more about their modernization efforts in this Federal News Radio article.

How Agencies Can Use the MGT Act to Transform Their IT Architecture

With Congress’s passage of Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT Act), what can CIOs expect and how should they prepare?


Are states prepared to protect the next election from hackers?

Find out what was discussed in the November 29th  hearing led by the House Oversight Committee on the cybersecurity of voting infrastructure, as well as what vulnerabilities were uncovered.

California Launches Cybersecurity Center to Stay Ahead of Threats

StateTech details how this state plans to stay a step ahead of the growing security threat with a cybersecurity operations center. It’s stated the center will be a “major player in providing the protection against, detection of, and response to malicious activity targeting the California Government Enterprise Network.”

NASCIO Releases Top 10 Priorities for 2018

NASCIO has released its annual list of the most critical priorities for its membership of state CIOs. Digital government appears for the first time in the 4th most critical spot, as budget, security, and risk management remain in position from previous lists. See Government Technology’s coverage of the 2018 survey, and for reference, we also detailed the 2017 results.

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