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20 minutes with DDS's Brett Goldstein

To kick-off Let's Talk About IT in 2020, FedScoop invited new Defense Digital Service Director Brett Goldstein to detail his transition into the role and his big plans to scale the Pentagon's digital startup team. "Where I'm playing a role now is moving away from just point-in-time projects to bigger, enterprise, sustainable, reusable types of projects," said Goldstein, formerly CIO for Chicago and an early employee during OpenTable's startup days. "Not just a 'Hack the ____,' whatever type of project. But how do we make it bigger throughout the DOD and tackle some of the bigger problems?" Listen to the new episode.

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Highway agency wants 'revolutionary' tech

The Federal Highway Administration is looking for emerging technologies that could bring about “transformational changes and truly revolutionary advances” in highway engineering. As part of its Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program, FHWA is specifically looking to fund research into three topic areas — blockchain, artificial intelligence and the inclusion of recycled plastics into asphalt. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has more.

IRS, Air Force, DISA join forces on DevOps

And industry group has launched a new DevOps working group with a long list of members from government. The Advanced Technology Academic Research Center group is centered around the DevOps Federal Interagency Council and will feature leaders from the IRS, Air Force, the Defense Information Systems Agency and more. Read more on the new group.

How customer experience is rewriting the rules of success

Trust that stakeholders have in an organization is beholden to the quality of their interaction with various departments, according to recent research. Vala Afshar, chief data evangelist at Salesforce breaks down the term “customer experience,” how it relates to organizations today, and why leaders need to prioritize stakeholder experience almost as importantly as the services the organization provides. Read the blog.

WATCH: Balancing digital modernization with security

Federal and industry tech leaders recently spoke with FedScoop at the 2019 Security Transportation Summit sponsored by Fortinet. In exclusive video interviews released biweekly, these experts address the growing federal attack surface, the need to balance modernization and data sharing with security, and much more. See the latest interviews below from a trio of Fortinet executives:

What’s your agency’s cyber resiliency score?

Wayne Lloyd, federal CTO and technical director at RedSeal, dives into the NotPetya incident. Even though agencies weren’t as affected by the infection as their commercial counterparts, there is still a risk of another NotPetya-scale assault. So, what should leaders operating federal agencies be doing differently today as a result? Read more from the executive.

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