News and Updates

Innovative work, news and ideas from people and teams in government

Unique Vulnerability Counts with Container Scanning—As Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) start to submit their container vulnerability scans in order to meet Container Scanning Guidance requirements, stakeholders monitoring submissions should expect to see large increases in the number of unique vulnerabilities. Learn what’s different, and the potential impact for agencies and CSPs. — via FedRAMP

Dec 02, 2021

The Opportunity Project 2021 Summit: Open Innovation for All

Census Open Innovation Labs (COIL) at the U.S. Census Bureau is hosting a virtual, 3-day innovation conference, December 13 to 15. This year’s summit will feature keynotes, panels, workshops, and more—showcasing technology built with open data, and how to create space for conversations on government innovation, effective collaboration, the power of open data, and the inclusion of all voices. Seven federal agencies and two cities led TOP sprints focused on the World Post-COVID-19. They’ll introduce the resulting new products and announce more than $300,000 in awards to the winners of the Open Data for Good Grand Challenge. Review the full agenda and register to attend.
Dec 01, 2021

CIO Handbook

The CIO Council released the CIO Handbook to aide CIOs, Deputy CIOs, agency heads and other senior leaders during transition.
Nov 23, 2021

Three Ways USAGov Outreach Can Help with Your Agency’s Next Campaign—Does your agency have an idea for a new marketing strategy? USAGov’s Outreach team can support your agency in all stages of your campaign. We can brainstorm with your team, discuss best practices, and try new marketing approaches to grow together in serving people. Learn how to begin partnering with us. — via

Nov 17, 2021

Veterans Day

TTS Reflects: Why I Continue To Serve

For Veterans Day 2021, we asked members of TTS’s Veterans affinity group to write one or two paragraphs in response to the question, “Why do I continue to serve?”
Nov 10, 2021

Learn How to Create an Accessible Meeting—The GSA Government-wide IT Accessibility Program publishes guidance on how you can plan your next meeting—from selecting your venue or online platform, planning for and scheduling accommodations, ensuring the accessibility of meeting documents and materials, meeting management techniques, and more. — via

Nov 02, 2021


FAR Updated To Add Revised Section 508 Standards for Information and Communication Technology—On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Access Board issued a final rule (the Revised 508 Standards) that updated accessibility requirements covered by Section 508 for Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Read more about the final FAR rule update and changes effective as of September 10, 2021. — via

Nov 02, 2021

Professional Development

Start Your Tech Career in Government as a U.S. Digital Corps Fellow

Applications for the first cohort of U.S. Digital Corps Fellows will open on Monday, November 8th.
Nov 01, 2021

Prioritizing Equity in Government-Led Innovation Programs

For the second year, college and university students are leveraging the TOP model from Census to build hands-on skills and address some of our nation’s most pressing challenges.
Oct 25, 2021

From Silicon Valley to GovTech: How a Data Scientist Turned Their Passion for Helping People Into a Career in Public Service

Many opportunities are available for technologists to make an impact in public service. See how Avena Cheng, a data scientist at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), turned a passion for improving people’s lives into a govtech career.
Oct 25, 2021

The Weekly Ship: What It Is, Why It’s Useful, and How To Create Your Own—The weekly ship has been a staple of 18F projects for years. It is a way to engage partners, inform teammates, and reflect on our work. — via 18F

Oct 21, 2021


Navigating ATOs—Authority to Operate (ATO) processes work differently at different federal agencies. As a technology and design consultancy inside the United States government, 18F has worked on ATOs at many of them. We are still learning and experimenting, but there are definite patterns we have seen work well across multiple agencies. — via 18F

Oct 19, 2021

Open Data

Census-Led Prize Challenge Incentivizes Using Open Data for Good

The Open Data for Good Grand Challenge is now welcoming submissions from technologists and collaborators focused on deploying products with federal open data, as well as recruiting for qualified judges to score the submissions and help select winners!
Oct 08, 2021
Civic Tech

Building a Tech Career in Government

Starting a civic tech career in government is not as unusual as you think. Current GSA employees share how they are building theirs.
Oct 07, 2021

USAGov en Español Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Since 2003, one program in GSA’s Technology Transformation Services (TTS) has been leading the way in which the government serves the Spanish-speaking community in the U.S. That program is USAGov en Español, the official guide to government information and services in Spanish.
Oct 06, 2021

Digital Meets Culture: Getting Your Culture in Line With Your Digital Strategy

A recap of the July 15, 2021 event hosted by the Web Managers Community.
Sep 28, 2021

Spotlight Chat: Planning a Federal Prize Competition

Recap of a Spotlight Chat event with members of the Lab-to-Market Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Prize Competition.
Sep 02, 2021
User Experience

Building a Bureau-Wide Usability Collaboration Group: Lessons Learned from the U.S. Geological Survey

Learn about the U.S. Geological Survey’s Usability Collaboration Area in this short interview with the group’s organizer.
Sep 01, 2021