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Army's new CIO role

The Army is shifting the current makeup of its CIO role. Come August, the chief of IT will no longer be the CIO/G-6. The service is splitting the two titles up, with a Senate-confirmed CIO serving as the chief IT adviser to the secretary of the Army, and a G-6 in charge of policy implementation and working closely with the uniformed staff. Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford will remain as CIO/G-6 until Aug. 31, when the split will happen. Army leadership is currently scouting out who will fill the new positions, Crawford said during a virtual press conference Friday. “This was a bold decision by the Army, but I think the right decision by the Army,” said Crawford, who was promoted to three-star general upon taking the job. Jackson Barnett has more on the development.

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Senate targets IT in 2021 NDAA

Under the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, the Senate wants the Department of Defense to have stronger IT systems to monitor its budget and work better with the private sector. Specifically, the Armed Services Committee is focused on improving the business systems at the Pentagon and providing Congress better visibility into how taxpayer dollars are being spent. The bill would direct the DOD to use “modern data visualization” tools on its budget and issue a report on how many discrete IT systems it devotes to monitoring its budgetary information. More from the 2021 NDAA summary.

Another DEOS twist

The Department of Defense's $7.6 billion Defense Enterprise Office Solutions (DEOS) contract is going back to bid — again — after the General Services Administration has agreed to take corrective action on the contract. The decision marks the latest unexpected turn of events in the ongoing DEOS procurement battle between original contract winner General Dynamics IT and Perspecta, which has protested the contract twice now. And both times, the GSA — the agency leading the acquisition — has taken corrective actions. Billy Mitchell has the story.

CIO Council recommends IT workforce improvements

Recruiting and hiring talent is the most concerning aspect of building out the future federal IT workforce, according to a new report from the Federal CIO Council. The “Future of the Federal IT Workforce Update” report offers several recommendations for how federal IT hiring can be improved to attract the next generation of talent. Namely, it points to “creating common competency-based position descriptions; recruiting through commercial platforms, job fairs, and hackathons; using a [subject matter expert]-based assessment process; and leveraging direct hiring authorities.” See what else the council recommends.

Gov Actually talks race and government

In its 40th episode, Gov Actually joins in on the conversations happening around the United States on race and what it means to be black in America. The podcast approaches the larger discussion about race specifically through the lens of government. “The issue of race relations and race dialogue in the United States needs further effort. It needs to be progressed. It needs to be, at a minimum, reset and frankly recognized,” co-host Dan Tangherlini says. “That discussion needs to happen, and it’s happening on the streets and it has to happen everywhere. So we’re going to have it here — we’re going to try to do it here.” Listen to the episode now.

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