There still are five major agencies without a permanent chief information officer. Among those agencies are the Defense Department, the Transportation Department and the Office of National Director of Intelligence.

That number was seven as of late June. But over the last few weeks, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Office of Personnel Management filled those key technology roles. In case you missed it, HUD named Beth Niblock, the former city of Detroit CIO, to lead its technology modernization efforts. And just last week, OPM removed the “acting” title from Guy Cavallo and made him its CIO. He had been acting since March when Clare Martorana moved from OPM to be the federal CIO.

These are among the most significant changes in the federal technology and acquisition community over the last few months.

But before we go deep into the state of…

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