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Maria Roat as next deputy federal CIO?

Maria Roat could be taking over the vacant deputy federal CIO role. Sources told FedScoop she's expected to transition into the role in February. However, one source close to the matter said several people interviewed for the job, and OMB is still finalizing its official selection and plans to make an official announcement soon. The role became vacant at the start of the new year when Margie Graves retired from government. Graves told FedScoop in December it was “the perfect time in the cycle” to step away from the deputy CIO role after the office has passed a host of federal IT policy — including Cloud Smart and the establishment of the Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy — in 2019. Read more on FedScoop.

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Army shares ERP with Navy hospitals

The Navy is adopting an Army enterprise resource planning system for its hospitals. As of Jan. 1, the first wave of about 350 Navy users has been using the Army’s General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS), which is one of the largest ERP systems globally, handling more than $164 billion in transactions annually. The second wave of hospitals goes live in April, a third in June and a fourth in September. The Air Force will also adopt the service. Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.

High schoolers' big idea could save veterans' lives

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently hosted an AI Tech Sprint, issuing $20,000 to the top idea for a tool that helps patients stay on track with their care plan. But one of the best stories out of the sprint came not from the winner — digital consulting company Composite App — but the group of high school students who got an honorable mention. The Northern Virginia-based team, which met as part of the area's nonprofit Girls Computing League, created a web application that could help match cancer patients to clinical trials. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has more.

What's new at the Defense Digital Service?

FedScoop's Let's Talk About IT podcast is back in 2020 with a fresh episode featuring new Defense Digital Service Director Brett Goldstein. During the conversation, he gives a candid look into his transition as the leader of DDS at the Department of Defense, how he’s fared leading a startup-like organization within one of the biggest bureaucracies in the world, and what he’s eyeing in 2020. Listen to the new episode.

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