January 27, 2017

The federal government needs to engage in more aggressive recruitment of women, and female government IT leaders need to do more active mentoring to boost the number of women in the federal IT workforce, according to a panel of top female government IT leaders.

Women in federal IT also need to be more willing to embrace challenges and go outside their comfort zone, several speakers on the panel said Thursday at AFFIRM’s monthly speaker series in Washington, D.C.

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January 26, 2017

Five days after millions of women marched around the world in support of equal rights, a group of female government technology leaders agreed it is more important than ever for young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

When asked directly what advice she has for women who might feel discouraged because of past comments made about women by President Donald Trump, Joyce Hunter, former deputy chief information officer for policy and planning at the...

January 26, 2017

During Donald Trump’s administration, women in federal IT should be “even more vocal,” the former deputy CIO for policy and planning at the Department of Agriculture said Thursday.

Joyce Hunter, a political appointee, was asked during an event Thursday in Washington how to approach mentoring and advocating for women in IT, given what Trump has said about women in the past. Asked how important it is to push women’s involvement in federal IT in this administration, she responded...

January 5, 2017
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Corporate America's gender-diversity programs are falling short. Companies need to think differently to ignite change.

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Simon London: Hello, and welcome to this edition of the McKinsey Podcast. I’m Simon London, an editor with McKinsey Publishing. Today, we’re going to be talking about women in the workplace. That is, the representation and career progression of women...

December 7, 2016
Despite new policies designed to give chief information officers more spending power, some Federal CIOs don’t see any improvement in acquiring the technology they need to keep their systems secure. The Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT), which has passed the House of Representatives but not the Senate, seeks to create a fund that provides agency CIOs with the funding and framework to modernize aging IT systems. The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) is...
November 9, 2016

The emerging role of the federal chief technology officer isn't necessarily about technology, according to top tech managers from three different agencies. It's about managing change.

To David Larrimore, CTO at Immigration and Customs Enforcement the CTO's ability to better manage the "chaos and modernization" rampant in today's IT environment is a key to the position. A CTO should have the ability see a strategy to solve a technology problem, rather than just choosing a particular...

October 6, 2016

The 2016 presidential election is 33 days away, but the presidential transition process has been underway for months.

The General Services Administration and nongovernmental organizations are assisting the presidential campaigns on technology policy and operations, so that on Nov. 9 the winning campaign’s transition team can hit the ground running, according to officials from federal agencies and technology nonprofit organizations that work with the government.

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October 4, 2016

One of the many moving pieces for agencies preparing for the presidential transition came into place a few weeks ago.

Agencies named the senior career official who will lead the agency after the Obama administration leaves office and the next President’s political appointee takes over. Those names were due to the White House by Sept. 15.

As secretaries, administrators and directors, their deputies and other political appointees resign on Jan. 20, career Senior Executive Service (SES...

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