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Sarah Sybert

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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.

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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.