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Carten Cordell

Carten Cordell

Deputy Editor, Nextgov/FCW

Carten Cordell is the deputy editor at Nextgov/FCW. Cordell has covered federal government, technology and acquisition for Federal Times, FedScoop and Washington Business Journal. An Alabama native, Cordell hold bachelor’s degrees in history and journalism from Auburn University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Writer's Digest and many other publications. He comes to Nextgov/FCW after a stint at Sage Communications, a marketing services agency that focuses on the government contracting market.
Carten Cordell is the deputy editor at Nextgov/FCW. Cordell has covered federal government, technology and acquisition for Federal Times, FedScoop and Washington Business Journal. An Alabama native, Cordell hold bachelor’s degrees in history and journalism from Auburn University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Writer's Digest and many other publications. He comes to Nextgov/FCW after a stint at Sage Communications, a marketing services agency that focuses on the government contracting market.
Tech

GAO Identifies New Information Security Deficiencies in IRS System Controls

The watchdog's annual audit of the agency turned up new recommendations on system access controls and security configurations, alongside a limited release report and previous recommendations.

Oversight

Veterans Affairs Committee Dems Offer Bills to Streamline VA Operations

The two proposals would seek to consolidate business functions at the agency and independently verify and validate IT modernization efforts.

Management

Inflation, Workforce Issues Challenge Defense Contractors Amid Security Pivot

The defense industrial base is facing workforce and inflationary headwinds just as the U.S. is refocusing its strategic lens on competition with China and Russia.

Oversight

House Lawmakers Want VA's $20 Billion-Plus Electronic Health Record Program to Improve or Else

Senior Republicans on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee are backing legislation to end the troubled program to replace the Veterans Affairs Department's homegrown electronic health record system with commercial software from Oracle-Cerner -- unless the program can hit performance targets and satisfy top hospital officials.

Tech

FAA Attributes Ground-Stop Glitch To Contractor Error

The agency said there is no evidence of a cyberattack or malicious intent behind last week's system outage.

Oversight

FDA Falls Short on IT Contract Management, Watchdog Finds

An audit of the agency's IT contract spend found that FDA officials failed to file acquisition information such as contract performance evaluations and competition efforts.

Workforce

House Overseers Are Looking Into the GSA Administrator’s Telework

GOP-led committee is seeking details about Robin Carnahan's work arrangements, as it attempts to get more federal employees back in the office .

Management

Inflation Costs Present Both Barrier, Opportunity For Contractors In 2023

With a fiscal 2023 federal budget in-hand, contractors face both the prospect of a robust year and countervailing cost trends, Deltek says. 

Oversight

CDC Wants Real-time Data on COVID, Flu Vaccine Effectiveness

The public health agency aims to increase its use of real-time data to track the effectiveness of respiratory vaccines and is looking for possible vendor solutions.

Oversight

4 Things for Contractors to Watch on Capitol Hill Now and into 2023

Professional Services Council president and CEO David Berteau rates the chances of Congress passing a fiscal 2023 appropriations package and looks at and the possible fallout of the midterm elections on contract spending.