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Natalie Alms

Staff Reporter, Nextgov/FCW

Natalie Alms
Natalie Alms is a staff reporter at Nextogv/FCW covering federal technology policy, service delivery, customer experience and the government's tech workforce. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University and has written for the Salisbury (N.C.) Post. Connect with Natalie on Twitter at @AlmsNatalie.
Digital Government

DHS looks to invest in digital credentialing

The department’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program issued a new solicitation looking for privacy-preserving digital credential wallets and verifiers.

Digital Government

Is government culture stifling CX innovation?

Risk aversion among government managers is blocking needed improvements to key programs, according to a recent white paper.

IT Modernization

Government tech – What’s sustainability got to do with it?

As it turns out, a lot, according to a recent best practices guide for agency CIO’s, and to Energy Department CIO Ann Dunkin.


IRS to get a new acting CIO

The current occupant of the top tech job at the tax agency is going back to his post at Treasury at the end of June.

Digital Government

Trade groups press White House to digitize forms of identification

Stronger digital identity solutions would curb future cyber attacks driven by identity and make stolen personal data less valuable, a coalition of 10 trade groups writes in a new letter.


Government has a policy over people problem, civic tech leader argues

In a new book, Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka argues that government implementers need more authority to avoid becoming risk-averse compliance agents.


Are government decisions being made by AI? Lawmakers want to mandate disclosure

New legislation would also require agencies to have an appeals process for adverse decisions made using automated systems in areas like healthcare or government benefits.


Government buyers need training to go green, panel says

An advisory group based at the General Services Administration has ideas for putting government operations on a net-zero emissions basis.


The Library of Congress is looking for the next Oregon Trail game

Video game developers can win up to $20,000 as part of a new video game contest from the Library of Congress meant to inspire civics-related games.

Digital Government

Can a chief data officer reignite federal data strategy?

Tech think tank ITIF wants the White House to revive the Trump-era Federal Data Strategy, which it says has “stalled” with a lack of leadership support.

Digital Government is still 'vital' despite setbacks, GSA official says

In a Thursday keynote, Sonny Hashmi talked about the future plans for the single sign-on following a bombshell watchdog report about the program in March.


BSA taps former chief acquisition officer as new procurement lead

The Software Alliance, also known as BSA, is taking on a new focus on procurement with Jessica Salmoiraghi, formerly of the General Services Administration.

IT Modernization

Debt ceiling politics could derail plans for modernizing unemployment benefits delivery

The department has a plan to build on modular modernization advances piloted in New Jersey, but provisions in the debt ceiling compromise legislation could claw back funding pledged in the American Rescue Plan Act.

IT Modernization

Budget and tech challenges loom over IRS's direct file pilot

The news of the forthcoming pilot was followed this week by a compromise debt ceiling bill that includes reallocating $20 billion of the funding the IRS got as part of the Inflation Reduction Act.

Digital Government

SSA says it will offer data matches to government benefit programs

The Social Security Administration offers data validation services for the financial services sector. It now says it plans to offer similar verification services to government benefit programs.

Digital Government

DHS wants answers on how well digital identity systems work

The Science and Technology Directorate is moving forward with another round of testing for its remote identity validation technology demonstration. 


Carper says he won’t run for fifth Senate term

The Delaware senator has been active in the federal tech space for years, earning a Fed 100 award in the process.

Digital Government

Lawmakers have questions about online passport renewal

Members of Congress are hearing it from constituents on long waits to renew passports and want more info about an online option.


EEOC alerts employers to AI discrimination risks

The agency explains how existing civil rights protections apply to artificial intelligence applications in the workplace.