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Sarah Sybert joined GovCIO Media & Research as a staff writer/researcher in March 2021, where she primarily covers the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services. Before Sarah joined the team, she covered defense, industry and information technology reports and events with Executive Mosaic. Her work has helped connect private and public sector leaders and promote awareness of emerging market trends. 

When she’s not on the job, you can find her hiking in Shenandoah, checking out the newest “hole-in-the-wall” coffee shop or jamming on the guitar. Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree in English, with minors in Creative Writing and Film Studies, at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.


Leaders from VA outline their targets for upcoming contracts and explain the next steps in the pipeline.

Federal acquisition leaders outline top goals and priorities for upcoming government contracts during the VETS23 conference in Orlando, Florida.

The Veterans Legacy Memorial remembrance platform includes additional veteran profiles from DOD cemeteries ahead of Memorial Day.

Technology leaders across government gathered to discuss top IT modernization priorities during DOL’s Federal Tech Day, which included AI and cybersecurity.

Data strategies are aimed at improving health equity in the long term.

With one authority largely used during the pandemic about to expire, the agency is modernizing tools and processes to prepare for heightened immigration surges.

Leaders from the Army and VA outline how they’re modernizing their IT systems to streamline talent management.

The Technology Modernization Fund is unlocking new tech initiatives as CIOs juggle competing priorities and budgets.

A new hiring strategy and evolving tech modernization is enhancing the employee and veteran experience.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Joshua Jacobs Wednesday as VA’s new undersecretary for benefits amid the PACT Act implementation.

The agency is halting future deployments of Oracle Cerner’s EHR to focus on fixing the system.

Leaders from ONC discuss how the concept is using data standards to ensure data privacy and equity in health care.

Health IT leaders from SSA, FEHRM and VA discuss challenges and next steps for cross-government health data interoperability.

Eight user experience principles make up new tools supplementing EHR functions to provide insights around health symptoms and workforce burden.

VA is leveraging human-centered design to modernize for the veteran experience, according to VA tech leaders at the 2023 HIMSS conference in Chicago.

Labor leadership outlines the benefits of registered apprenticeship programs for traditional underserved populations.

The service aims to harness younger generations in helping to reduce stigma and improve access to mental health support.

Federal agencies are increasing pay, diversifying talent and developing policies to create a world-class federal tech workforce.

Agencies are turning to programs that incorporate personas and mission-specific applications to get their workforce trained on data operations.

The agency is making progress in hiring and developing new scheduling tools.

The agency's sprint report outlines findings that leadership is using to inform next steps of the electronic health record rollout.

Cybersecurity, AI and health IT are major focuses in this year's budget proposal.

Increased capacity for critical information requires efficient and secure maintenance of systems.

Air Force and CISA programs are securing critical data and IT infrastructures.

Former HHS OIG CIO Gerald Caron takes on a new role as ITA CIO.

Agencies are bolstering workforce training and zero trust to secure the hybrid workplace.

Social Security Administration Acting Chief Business Officer Eric Powers explains the redesigned site and discusses tech supporting the effort.

Winners of the Department of Veterans Affairs' Mission Daybreak grand challenge point to data’s role in suicide prevention.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT recognizes the first set of qualified health information networks approved to implement a new electronic health data exchange.

Faced with the future of hybrid work, government is focused on uniting people and technology.

Federal agencies are leveraging AI, ML, data visualization dashboards, online training programs and more to support the Biden-Harris Administration's Unity Agenda, a topic of this year's State of the Union address.

VA leadership plans to hire almost 15,000 nursing personnel over the next few years as VA continues to process PACT Act claims and deploy its new EHR system.

The Department of Veterans Affairs leveraged data visualization and screening tools to house more than 40,000 veterans in 2022.

Federal agencies executing DEIA strategies in support of White House executive order 14035 reported improved morale and detailed plans to bolster workforce recruitment.

DevSecOps practices could secure open source technology as new threats emerge.

2023 will bring advancements across enterprise-wide initiatives such as the PACT Act, EHRM and more.

The agency has stood up its systems to accommodate an influx in claims and services. Now it looks for additional workforce to fill critical roles.

VA Deputy CIO Reggie Cummings discusses how infrastructure operations (IO)-as-a-service streamlines VA systems and services.

The tool is helping VA prepare for incoming claims related to military exposures.

The agency is embracing new strategies to navigate an evolving talent, training and recruiting environment.

FDA published its Cybersecurity Modernization Plan, the fifth "MAP" in a years-long effort that began in 2019.

NOAA joins the Coast Guard, DOD and VA to provide a seamless, interoperable health care experience.

VA is turning to data standards to improve health care as more veterans use personal health monitoring devices.

White House legislation prompted VA to accelerate diversity strategies across the enterprise and ensure equitable service delivery to all veterans.

New process efficiencies in automation and cybersecurity will enable increased processing of PACT Act claims.

VA Secretary Denis McDonough provided updates on critical initiatives, including the PACT Act and VLM, at the NPC Headliners Luncheon.

These principles can enable any organizations to develop a culture of innovation amid digital modernization efforts.

The collaborative document aims to keep AI ethical and equitable while standardizing best practices at the federal level.

Leaders from BARDA, CMS, DOD and VA discuss evolving cross-government health collaborations at the 2022 iEX Conference.

Drew Myklegard moves from acting to permanent deputy federal CIO.

EEOC, NARA and VA are accelerating case management modernization to prepare for the digital future.

Army is taking a cross-government, multi-nation approach to securing cyber at speed.

The State of the Federal Cyber Workforce report outlines areas for improvement and a new action plan.

The service is moving away from being network focused to being data centric.

The service leverages analytics and technology to recruit and develop civilian talent.

Gundeep Ahluwalia said CX should be “baked into the cake,” not the “icing on top.”

CBP CIO Sonny Bhagowalia said cyber threats have increased by 225% and require improved response.

Ken Myers explains how GSA’s new playbooks are guiding federal agencies’ identity management.

This National Hispanic Heritage Month, leaders from FDA and VA discuss how they are prioritizing diversity efforts.

DOL CTO Sanjay Koyani says user experience is guiding the agency’s IT modernization.

OMB’s new supply chain memo calls on agencies to utilize software that has been built following common cybersecurity practices.

Brian Kelley explains how he’s leveraging new models to secure 5G networks.

SBOMs and transparency are key to resilient cybersecurity models.

Sherrill steps in as VA's security chief to lead a new cybersecurity approach.

CIO John Sherman highlighted a new upcoming cybersecurity workforce strategy to help its tech talent problem.

The VA: Health and Benefits app is improving customer experience by centralizing veteran services.

5G can bolster data-sharing and speed of delivery, but requires proper cloud and data infrastructure.

Kurt DelBene said the agency plans to increase its spending for cybersecurity.

Cloud leaders at VA, NOAA and USCIS discuss the role of cloud in their strategies.

VA is collaborating with industry partners to develop innovative health care solutions and innovations.

The agency's chief records officer is ramping up electronic records management amid an approaching deadline.

Carrie Lee, head of VA’s product engineering, talks platforms for faster development cycles.

Part of agency digital transformations include a focus on upskilling the workforce and adopting new security models.

Denis McDonough discusses how VA will prepare for additional claims from the PACT Act after the bill is signed into law Wednesday.

The organization played a lead role in the lead up to the PACT Act. Now it is eyeing veteran suicide prevention and infrastructure modernization.

The agency's recently appointed Acting Undersecretary Josh Jacobs is gearing up for process improvements amid new legislation.

Memorial Affairs Undersecretary Matthew Quinn prioritizes tech in veteran memorial programs.

Undersecretary Shereef Elnahal plans to improve veteran health access and services.

Automation is a key driver for sustainable identity management and zero trust.

CISA’s Robert Costello and Commerce’s Nagesh Rao talk zero trust, standardization and culture change.

Army, GSA and VA leaders are improving identity management to secure critical employee and customer information.

The agency's Operations Triage Group is leveraging data and AIOps to detect and mitigate abnormalities across the agency’s network.

FTC, U.S. Navy and VA are leveraging hybrid cloud environments to find new operational efficiencies.

309th SWEG is developing new IT and workforce programs to support broader DOD modernization efforts.

USPTO experts discuss new findings and growth potential across AI and emerging technologies.

Data leaders from GAO and VA discuss how they’re collecting user feedback to improve CX.

VA’s CDO Kshemendra Paul said cybersecurity and zero trust require effective data management.

VA innovation specialist discusses the importance of communicating value of human-centered design to senior leadership at the 2022 Government UX Summit.

FDA and VA received FedHealthIT awards for their efforts to collect, store and analyze data to improve patient care.

A new effort is taking extracted data from IOT devices to a build a health data ecosystem for the military.

SSA and VA are improving digital awareness to keep pace with innovation.

Innovation Chief Ryan Vega sees great promise in the power of technology to improve PTSD, hearing loss and more.

VA’s acquisition head says ‘Agile is old news,' and the agency is now turning to ‘technology-as-a-service.’

VA is honing in on interoperability to serve as the foundation of key programs like EHR modernization.

FDA’s FY 23 budget request asks for additional funds to build upon IT modernization and align cyber practices.

Human capital management improvements at the agency are enabling cost and time savings for the workforce.

Modernized software development frameworks are leading to improved customer experience.

The agency turns to industry amid a health records transformation and 'plug-and-play' capabilities.

A product line management approach is ensuring better use of resources and cost savings across the agency.

Cloud leaders address how they’re transitioning to hybrid cloud environments.

The agency's product line management vision is seeing value with new efforts driving culture change.

The agency's veteran readiness division lead explains new digital tools that are improving veteran employment services.

VA is accelerating data visualization and management practices to support veteran services.

Government and academia are partnering to promote diversity across the cybersecurity workforce.

Former VA product lead takes on a new OMB role following the departure of Maria Roat.

Joseph Thele and Mark Ricciardi explain how they plan to modernize VA HR systems.

FDIC’s Brian Whittaker unpacks his efforts on key modernization projects that are ultimately improving trust in government.

The agency's new EHR platform went live at its next site in Washington.

Data leader Susan Gregurick discusses how the agency is improving data sharing and usability for biomedical research.

Digitization and digitalization are two related areas enabling new projects and adoption of emerging technologies.

New EHR modernization leads discuss the unified approach driving the program's next steps.

VA Lighthouse director Dave Mazik explains new digital tools that are supporting veteran health outcomes.

The team is now strategizing how to incorporate more data standards into the technology.

VA announces suicide prevention challenge, and synthetic data could improve outcomes.

DOL CIO explains how TMF is supporting digitization and data modernization initiatives.

VA is looking to make data more interoperable to populate insights via dashboards and inform pandemic next steps.

VA interoperability lead Ken Rubin discusses a new data platform that’s improving data discovery and sharing.

Customer experience leaders at CISA, GSA and OMB explain how they’re shifting strategies to support President Biden’s recent executive order.

VA is improving data management to enhance veteran health care and services.

Modeled after DOD's Platform One, a new enterprise-class hosting service is enabling faster development.

NARA leveraged lessons learned from COVID-19 to accelerate records digitization.

GSA, NSF and VA are improving data sharing to gain near real-time insights and support cross-agency collaboration.

Kurt DelBene eyes EHR modernization, telehealth and workforce development.

Federal technology leaders outline the connection between workforce and CX to improve mission outcomes.

Senate confirms Robert Califf as FDA commissioner and Sohail Chaudhry takes on CTO full time.

DOD and VA leaders unpack their workforce priorities as the technology landscape expands.

Enabling data access, collection and protection can augment manual processes and keep systems secure.

The Department of Labor is taking a close look at principles of its cloud strategy to enable zero trust.

Cyber organizations are adopting zero trust and access management solutions to combat new ransomware threats.

Agencies continue their whole-of-government response to COVID-19, expanding testing, vaccines and tracking.

Drew Myklegard and Eileen Vidrine join OMB OFCIO to support cybersecurity, data and IT modernization priorities.

Rep. Gerry Connolly and CIO Clare Martorana discuss recent changes to TMF and future priorities for the program.

Recent findings from GAO suggest digital vaccine credentials and exposure notification apps need to overcome privacy and interoperability barriers.

The department is implementing its AI strategy to improve data efforts and veteran solutions.

The former Microsoft executive will face a restructured EHR modernization program and other tech priorities in 2022.

Agencies are integrating human-centered design principles to improve customer-facing digital platforms and align with new executive order.

The agency is releasing new guidance and tools for hiring and workforce initiatives.

Paul Cunningham outlines where VA is headed with its cybersecurity strategy and priorities.

ONC leaders discuss work around improved health delivery via data standards that are more representative of diverse populations.

Interoperability in cross-agency EHRs rely on close internal collaboration.

Deputy Secretary Remy details next steps of EHR rollout, emphasizing patient safety and improved governance.

DOL and NASA are accelerating AI and data capabilities as they look to leverage advanced computing.

Cyber experts at FDA unpack how it is shaping guidance for threat modeling to secure medical devices and health data.

FDA, ONC and VA leaders address how they’re improving data flows to bolster IT infrastructures.

Leaders at GSA, IRS and VA discuss new digital services that help customers navigate government services.

Both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are approved for some vaccinated individuals while the agency reviews more data.

DOJ, FBI and CISA unpack how they’re leveraging government, industry and international partnerships to mitigate ransomware attacks.

CIA, CYBERCOM and DHS are integrating new security solutions to mitigate evolving risks.

Leaders at DOD and NASA are accelerating their cloud journeys by adopting a strategic, ‘cloud smart’ approach.

Automation, eDiscovery and cloud are improving records management in digital environments.

Federal policies are enabling agencies to build data-driven cultures in support of data modernization efforts.

A group of IT specialists and scientists are fostering collaboration to enact transformational changes across the agency.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky discusses CDC’s booster dose decision for some individuals and next steps in the regulatory process.

The agency is looking at new tools that are supporting both content and program management.

Through its strategic plan, the agency is embracing strategies to embrace a fully digital government.

With novel health solutions, drug manufacturers undergo a strict process to get their products to market.

FDA’s biologics leader explains progress with COVID-19 vaccines and response to emerging variants.

Federal tech leaders emphasize the importance of data to develop digital health services.

Diversity, equity, inclusion and access are cornerstones for federal agencies as they deploy new tools and services.

Audits and evaluations are helping the agency detect and prevent identity fraud.

GAO, VA and NASA address how they’re implementing robust security frameworks to align with a recent executive order.

The organization is using advanced tools to combat deepfakes and other manipulated media.

The agency is taking on tech modernization with new office and new appointments.

Agencies must meet new electronic record targets in 2022, as part of a move to a “paperless government.”

Success in the RADx Program and at-home COVID-19 testing is leading to improved data collection and analysis.

A new initiative aims to build a “community of interoperability” to improve diagnostics and standards.

The agency's tech posture is helping it review unexpected amounts of applications for new tobacco products.

Data management and digital tools are driving FDA’s efforts to respond to the next wave of COVID-19 demands.

New tech tools and knowledge-sharing initiatives are supporting women veterans.

The agency's cloud migration strategy is aligning business values and customers' needs.

The agency is looking at how AI can free up manual workloads as it develops a larger artificial intelligence strategy.

The agency is embracing a new customer experience strategy amid increased customer communications.

The White House's cyber chief outlined some of his priorities as he works to stand up and define how the new office will collaborate on a cybersecurity strategy.

The Army and Navy are integrating new cloud strategies to drive technology adoption and utility.

Moving from traditional silos to streamlined operations has boosted agility and scale, and now the agency is eyeing more future-focused development.

A permanent supply chain program will help the agency prevent shortages of medical devices.

The agency's CIO discusses how monitoring will be key to its future security strategy.

Zero trust access models are essential to maintaining robust security frameworks.

Leveraging patient experience data for product development requires strong workforce readiness.

Leaders across VA address how they are focusing on efficiency to provide all veterans with their full benefits.

Leaders across the veteran service organization outline how it is supporting veterans throughout the pandemic.

Secretary Denis McDonough addressed the department's pandemic response and how it will continue to combat the virus by focusing on vaccinations.

Agency leaders helped lead FDA’s COVID-19 emergency response and improved processes to expedite delivery of critical medical supplies.

Leaders across the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research are applying lessons learned from the pandemic on its response to therapies for emerging variants.

Agency leaders outline a focus on training, readiness and transparency in tackling the next stages of its electronic health records.

The agency wants its workforce to be ready and trained as it integrates new technology.

The agency's data chief is collecting new information on social determinants of health to improve data analysis, health equity and trust.

Secretary Denis McDonough discussed findings and next steps from its strategic review of the electronic health record modernization program.

New workforce initiatives at DOD and DHS aim to drive technology adoption and implementation.

As federal agencies modernize systems and processes, managing the workforce remains a crucial component to managing change.

The executive branch is leaning on digital technologies to increase engagement with the public.

The new guidance is the latest move agencies are making in targeting improved health equity for underrepresented communities.

How the department responded to COVID-19 and collaborated with agencies will inform future strategies for working more efficiently.

The agency outlines exemptions and waivers that maintain strengthened supply chain efforts while also enabling a strong pandemic response.

Biden’s American Rescue Plan allocates $80 million to fund ONC’s innovative workforce development program that aims to promote health equity.

Federal and industry leaders are bolstering security foundations to protect against evolving ransomware threats.

As the amount of digital data continues to grow, e-discovery is reshaping how organizations manage information for legal requirements and compliance.

The agency is exploring how quantum computing could improve speed and efficiency of health and science applications to support long-term future demands.

CDO Ram Iyer noted FDA’s data progress preparing for emerging technologies since the launch of its roadmap in March 2021.

Agility is helping the agency’s regulatory processes to expedite application submission and review.

Leaders at the Center for Tobacco Products outline new research findings for tobacco and cannabis use, following the onset of COVID-19.

VA’s acting deputy secretary discusses new innovations to support veterans and how VA will prepare for a post-COVID world.

FDA’s acting commissioner emphasizes the importance of IT infrastructure modernization to improve speed and quality of operations.

Labor's emerging technology lead outlines how the department is leveraging RPA to reduce workloads and dollars spent.

Cybersecurity leaders discuss how the agency is implementing new cyber controls to protect medical device integrity.

HHS’ at-home and self-testing services could help the public maintain health safety amid reopening plans.

FDA leaders are experimenting on new programs that innovate how technology facilitates the review and approval of new drugs.

CMS, NIH and VHA are strengthening data services and security to protect health services.

VA is collaborating with DOD to improve transition support for service members and veterans.

Health leaders at DOD and VA are working through transforming processes ahead of the new federal electronic health record.

A new tool shows promise in increasing success rates of detecting cancer, and a new data strategy shows promise for future medical devices.

VA’s DevSecOps lead is integrating agile incrementally into its strategic priorities to guide its digital transformation journey.

The office’s director explains how it has leveraged new practices to quickly review and approve treatments amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health and tech experts address how data processes are creating new efficiencies in the federal health sector.

A new prioritization model for the Technology Modernization Fund ensures government has flexibility to modernize quickly.

Chief data officers across HHS are strengthening platforms that speed up data collection and management.

The agency’s AI efforts are progressing to include new capabilities in image search using machine-learning and automation.

New strategies will focus on making data a strategic asset to the military.

USDA and VA are modernizing IT systems to prepare for the digital future.

VA is leveraging new platforms and services to provide better and faster care to veterans.

Tech leaders across DHS and IRS are integrating AI to streamline processes and uncover new efficiencies.

FDA’s CTO takes on the new role amid Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy’s departure.

There are opportunities for workflow and process improvements for the system managing organ donations and transplantation.

Leaders across DOD are continuing COVID-19 response efforts, but are projecting shortfalls from additional expenses.

Data-driven platforms are pushing new solutions and remedying the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System quickly detected and alerted federal health agencies on the potentially fatal effects of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

New data capabilities to bolster its COVID-19 response and prepare for future medical challenges.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is bolstering its managed services to support digital experiences and solutions.

The agency is driving adoption of emerging technologies through innovative IT contract vehicles.

Emerging data and technology drives new health recommendations to address disease and preventive services.

The pandemic increased the need for secure, modernized and evolved solutions to expedite federal response efforts.

COVID-19 pushed DHS and GAO to drive identity management and zero trust to protect its IT infrastructure, as cybersecurity threats continue to increase.

A NAPA report calls on OPM to leverage data analytics and modernize IT systems to support innovation in managing the federal civilian workforce.

Federal and industry leaders say DevSecOps is enabling better and faster services for IT teams.

The Administration for Community Living is leveraging data to train AI algorithms that deliver a greater insight into adult mistreatment research and predictions.

Efforts to secure the supply chain will receive additional attention under new presidential priorities.

Senate and House VA leads are working together to tackle veterans mental health care, vaccinations and more.

NASA, State Department and USPTO leadership are approaching technology with consideration of preventing a major security breach.

The House Subcommittee on Research & Technology advocates for increased funding around AI, data analytics and robotics.

The incoming federal CIO faces digital modernization initiatives during the pandemic response.