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Welcome to The Buzz with ACT-IAC – your source for the hot topics and top issues affecting the federal technology market. Join us each week to hear insights from government and industry leaders, stay informed on the topics facing government, gain access to thought leadership and valuable reports. Subscribe to follow us on your favorite podcast platform.

    The Civic Tech Success of IRS Direct File with Courtney O' Reilly

    The Civic Tech Success of IRS Direct File with Courtney O' Reilly

    About a year ago, we were joined on the show by Gabriel Zucker of Code for America to talk taxes. Specifically, a provision of the Inflation Reduction Act that directed the IRS to develop their own proprietary, free tax prep software for the first time in history.

    Since then, the IRS has been hard at work. 2024 tax season marks the launch of the IRS Direct File pilot, a simplified tax prep tool available to residents of twelve states. It's free, easy, fast, and represents a huge win for civic tech.

    So we invited Code for America back on to celebrate this win and discuss the implications and future of this momentous project. This week The Buzz is joined by Courtney O' Reilly, Senior Program Manager for Tax Benefits at CforA.

    Resources:
    Code for America's FileYourStateTaxes
    IRS Direct File Report to Congress
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    A New Era for US Passenger Rail? With Robert Puentes

    A New Era for US Passenger Rail? With Robert Puentes

    This week, The Buzz is joined once again by Robert Puentes, President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation. Last time, we talked about some of the challenges facing American aviation and the FAA.  The intervening weeks have magnified some of this as Boeing, under scrutiny for a series of engineering failures, has started seeing some serious turnover in upper management and a slew of promises to shape up.

    So maybe now is a good time to examine a different transportation mode for your next vacation or long-distance trip. American regional rail, once among the best in the world, has spent the last 100 years shriveling up into a fractured network that captures only 33 million passengers annually (barely 1/30th of US airlines).  But that may be changing. Amtrak gained nearly 25% more passengers from 2022 to 2023, and billions of dollars of federal money are flowing into rail projects all over the country, courtesy of the Inflation Reduction Act and 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill.

    With all this momentum, perhaps a new age in American rail is upon us? We discuss the past, present and future of rail travel this week on The Buzz.

    More from the Eno Center: https://enotrans.org/issues-and-modes/railroads/
    More on Permitting and Planning Challenges: The Green Transition Dilemma with James Salzman and J.B. Ruhl
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    ICYMI: Shared Services Lessons from the Intelligence Community

    ICYMI: Shared Services Lessons from the Intelligence Community

    This week, The Buzz presents a session from our 2024 Shared Services Summit, in partnership with the Shared Services Leadership Coalition. Learn more at sharedservicesnow.org.

    In this fireside chat, Maria Banks, Director of Federal Sales at Atlassian, sat down with Susan Dorr, Chief Information Officer at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. 
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    • 25 min
    Replay: The Tax Software We Deserve with Gabriel Zucker

    Replay: The Tax Software We Deserve with Gabriel Zucker

     This episode originally aired on April 5th, 2023.

    As tax season ramps up in earnest, and given the good news about the IRS's Direct File Pilot Program, we thought now would be a good time to revisit an interview we conducted last year with Code For America's Gabriel Zucker, the Interim Program Director of Tax Policy and Partnerships.

    This interview focused on how the IRS could design a direct file system, what such a tool might look like, and Code for America's work in civic tech for taxes.
    Resources:
    GAO Free File Report
    ProPublica's Investigation into Private Tax Prep Software
    Code for America's Direct File Prototype
    Code for America's Research on Simple Tax Filing
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    From the Archives: The Roots of Government CX with Dan Tangherlini

    From the Archives: The Roots of Government CX with Dan Tangherlini

    This week, The Buzz presents a session from our archives.

    The concept of customer experience has driven business decisions in private industry for some time, but it's only in the last decade that CX, or citizen service, has become a focus of government. 

    The creation of healthcare.gov in 2013 heralded a new era in government, one marked by an interest in the lessons learned from tech start-ups and the relationship between IT systems, government processes and the people that use them. In this fireside chat from ACT-IAC's 2014 Executive Leadership Conference, we see the beginning stages of an ongoing conversation that continues to evolve to this day. 

    Dan Tangherlini, then General Administrator of the GSA, discussed all this and more with Evan Burfield, entrepreneur, author and civic tech enthusiast.  
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    • 52 min
    ICYMI: Don't Forget to Cyber

    ICYMI: Don't Forget to Cyber

    This week, The Buzz presents a session from ACT-IAC's 2024 Digital Transformation Summit.

    Digital transformation efforts often rely on implementation of new systems. This presents an opportunity to integrate improved cybersecurity policy from the ground up. Unfortunately, cyber is still often ignored in the digital transformation process despite its importance.

    In this fireside chat, Paul Butterfoss, CTO of Federal Civilian IT at Leidos, discusses proper cyber hygiene with Paul Selby, CISO and Deputy CIO at the Department of Energy. 
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    • 31 min

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