Nextgov - All Contenthttp://www.nextgov.com/Federal technology news, best practices, and web 2.0 tools.en-usSun, 24 May 2015 16:00:00 -0400The US Has Space Experts Worried About an Extra-terrestrial Land Grabhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/05/us-has-space-experts-worried-about-extra-terrestrial-land-grab/113605/Plans to make money in space are missing one of the fundamental ingredients to any business: property rights.Tim Fernholz, QuartzSun, 24 May 2015 16:00:00 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/05/us-has-space-experts-worried-about-extra-terrestrial-land-grab/113605/DefenseIgor Zh./Shutterstock.comGoogle Wants to Make Creepy Bunny Robots to Talk to Your Kidshttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2015/05/google-wants-make-creepy-bunny-robots-talk-your-kids/113599/Google’s patent application suggests it wants to build a device with cameras and audio sensors that could determine when someone is looking at it and follow voice commands to control other internet-connected devices.Mike Murphy, QuartzSat, 23 May 2015 11:00:00 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2015/05/google-wants-make-creepy-bunny-robots-talk-your-kids/113599/Emerging Techvladimir salman/Shutterstock.comHouse OKs Bill to Promote ‘Exascale’ Supercomputing http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2015/05/house-passes-super-computing-bill/113575/The bill would require the Energy Department to research supercomputing technology, especially for reducing power consumption.Mohana RavindranathFri, 22 May 2015 14:26:22 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2015/05/house-passes-super-computing-bill/113575/Emerging TechThe Cray XT Jaguar features more than 224,000 processing cores, each with 2 gigabytes of local memory.Oak Ridge National LaboratoryWatch the Energy Secretary Test Drive a 3-D-Printed Carhttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2015/05/watch-energy-secretary-ernest-moniz-test-drive-3d-printed-car/113563/Ernest Moniz got behind the wheel of a 3-D printed Shelby Cobra.Caitlin FairchildFri, 22 May 2015 13:44:09 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2015/05/watch-energy-secretary-ernest-moniz-test-drive-3d-printed-car/113563/Emerging TechEnergy DepartmentBolstering CX in Government Makes 'Fundamental Business Sense'http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2015/05/bolstering-cx-government-makes-fundamental-business-sense/113578/The government has nowhere to go but up in terms of providing customer service on par with top private sector organizations.Frank KonkelFri, 22 May 2015 13:36:56 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2015/05/bolstering-cx-government-makes-fundamental-business-sense/113578/Emerging Tech - Emerging TechBrian A Jackson/Shutterstock.comPentagon Kills $475M Cyber Contracthttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/05/pentagon-kills-475m-cyber-contract/113572/The solicitation would have outsourced support for cyberspying and network attacks against foreigners, as well as the defense of military networks.Aliya SternsteinFri, 22 May 2015 13:07:32 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/05/pentagon-kills-475m-cyber-contract/113572/Cybersecurityjcjgphotography/Shutterstock.comSBA Wants To Know How Big Data Affects Small Businesshttp://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2015/05/sba-wants-know-how-big-data-affects-small-business/113557/It's common for large businesses to make data-driven decisions, according to the Small Business Administration. But can small businesses do the same?Mohana RavindranathFri, 22 May 2015 13:00:30 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2015/05/sba-wants-know-how-big-data-affects-small-business/113557/Big Databloomua/Shutterstock.comWhat Would Happen if Patriot Act Section 215 Expireshttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/05/what-would-happen-if-patriot-act-section-215-expires/113554/Edward Snowden’s leaks revealed that NSA was interpreting the law to vacuum up millions of U.S. call records every day.Dustin Volz and Kaveh Waddell, National JournalFri, 22 May 2015 11:58:25 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/05/what-would-happen-if-patriot-act-section-215-expires/113554/DefenseDemonstrators rally at the U.S. Capitol to protest spying on Americans by the National Security Agency.J. Scott Applewhite/APFCC Prepares to Become the Internet's Privacy Cophttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/05/fcc-prepares-become-internets-privacy-cop/113551/Internet providers will soon face new rules on how they can handle customer information.Brendan Sasso, National JournalFri, 22 May 2015 11:49:36 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/05/fcc-prepares-become-internets-privacy-cop/113551/CIO BriefingFederal Communications Commisison (FCC) Chairman Tom WheelerLauren Victoria Burke/APObama Admin: Senate Needs to Pass NSA Reform Now to Avoid National Security 'Uncertainty'http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/05/obama-admin-senate-needs-pass-nsa-reform-now-avoid-national-security-uncertainty/113545/With the House out for Memorial Day, it’s up to the Senate to handle the coming expiration of key provisions of the Patriot Act.Dustin Volz, National JournalFri, 22 May 2015 11:37:11 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/05/obama-admin-senate-needs-pass-nsa-reform-now-avoid-national-security-uncertainty/113545/DefenseVacclav/Shutterstock.comHackers Scavenge CareFirst and Manipulate the Federal Reservehttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/05/hackers-scavenge-carefirst-and-manipulate-federal-reserve/113515/Just another week in ThreatWatch, our regularly updated index of noteworthy data breaches.Aliya SternsteinFri, 22 May 2015 10:34:49 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/05/hackers-scavenge-carefirst-and-manipulate-federal-reserve/113515/Cybersecurityscyther5/Shutterstock.comInside the USAJobs Revamp and Other Digital Summit Highlightshttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2015/05/inside-usajobs-revamp-and-other-highlights-digital-summit/113509/Successful programs tended to come at problems from a user-centric point of view.Frank KonkelThu, 21 May 2015 18:11:19 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2015/05/inside-usajobs-revamp-and-other-highlights-digital-summit/113509/Emerging Tech - Emerging TechEdward Snowden: Rand Paul's 'Filibuster' Is a 'Sea Change'http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/05/edward-snowden-rand-pauls-filibuster-sea-change/113506/The ex-spy answered Reddit users' questions about NSA reform Thursday.Emma Roller, National JournalThu, 21 May 2015 17:34:38 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/05/edward-snowden-rand-pauls-filibuster-sea-change/113506/CybersecurityFormer U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is in Moscow, is seen on a giant screen during a live video conference for an interview with Amnesty International.Charles Platiau/APJohn Boehner on NSA: The Senate Must Act, But 'We’ll Certainly Look at What They Do'http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/05/john-boehner-nsa-senate-must-act-well-certainly-look-what-they-do/113503/The House speaker's remarks on Thursday suggest his chamber hasn't written off a "clean" renewal of the Patriot Act.Matt Berman and Marina Koren, National JournalThu, 21 May 2015 17:29:07 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/05/john-boehner-nsa-senate-must-act-well-certainly-look-what-they-do/113503/DefenseSpeaker of the House John Boehner, R-OhioSusan Walsh/APWatchdog Says Agencies Aren’t Tracking How Much They Spend on Smartphoneshttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/05/watchdog-says-agencies-arent-tracking-how-much-they-spend-smartphones/113461/The federal government spends about $1.2 billion each year on circa 1.5 million mobile devices and services.Mohana RavindranathThu, 21 May 2015 16:40:05 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/05/watchdog-says-agencies-arent-tracking-how-much-they-spend-smartphones/113461/CIO Briefing Maxx-Studio/Shutterstock.comVideo: Apple Now Has New Location-Tracking Powershttp://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2015/05/video-apple-has-new-location-tracking-powers/113446/How the tech company is improving upon GPS for its users.Caitlin FairchildThu, 21 May 2015 16:33:58 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2015/05/video-apple-has-new-location-tracking-powers/113446/MobileThe Apple Maps app is displayed on an Apple Watch during an event in San Francisco.Eric Risberg/AP File PhotoWhen It Comes to Protecting their Data, Americans Still Trust the Government More Than Facebookhttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/05/survey-americans-may-trust-federal-agencies-more-their-email-providers/113425/Six percent of Americans say they’re “very confident” records maintained by federal agencies will be kept private and secure.Hallie GoldenThu, 21 May 2015 13:26:59 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/05/survey-americans-may-trust-federal-agencies-more-their-email-providers/113425/CIO Briefingantb/Shutterstock.comHuge Data Sets Are Changing How Humans Observe the Universehttp://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2015/05/huge-datasets-are-changing-way-humans-observe-universe/113428/All this data is creating a new class of astronomer, one who doesn’t have to gaze skyward to understand the heavens, but instead has to go no further than a laptop.John Wenz, The AtlanticThu, 21 May 2015 12:18:59 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2015/05/huge-datasets-are-changing-way-humans-observe-universe/113428/Big DataNASATeaching Federal Contracting Officers About Agile Could Net You $320,000http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/05/teaching-contracting-officers-about-agile-could-net-you-360000/113419/This comes as GSA pushes for an agile blanket purchasing agreement.Mohana RavindranathThu, 21 May 2015 12:17:15 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/05/teaching-contracting-officers-about-agile-could-net-you-360000/113419/CIO Briefingdjem/Shutterstock.comHere’s What the Senate is Planning to Do About NSA Spyinghttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/05/heres-what-senate-planning-do-about-nsa-spying/113422/The majority leader is facing a choice between a bill he doesn’t like and a short-term extension he may not be able to get passed.Lauren Fox, National JournalThu, 21 May 2015 11:47:59 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/05/heres-what-senate-planning-do-about-nsa-spying/113422/CybersecurityBrandon Bourdages/Shutterstock.comSpecial Operators Are Using Rapid DNA Readershttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/05/special-operators-are-using-rapid-dna-readers/113410/Conducting a midnight SEAL raid on a terrorist compound? Positive DNA identification is just 90 minutes away.Patrick Tucker, Defense OneThu, 21 May 2015 10:49:17 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/05/special-operators-are-using-rapid-dna-readers/113410/DefenseLiya Graphics/Shutterstock.com3-year Prison Sentence for Hacker Who Fraudulently Ordered $1M Worth of Agency Office Supplieshttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/05/3-year-jail-sentence-hacker-who-fraudulently-ordered-1m-worth-agency-office-supplies/113374/The Nigerian had faced up to 20 years in prison for phishing feds at EPA, the Census and other agencies.Aliya SternsteinWed, 20 May 2015 18:18:09 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/05/3-year-jail-sentence-hacker-who-fraudulently-ordered-1m-worth-agency-office-supplies/113374/Cybersecuritywk1003mike/Shutterstock.comNIST Official: Businesses Need to Take More Responsibility for Cybersecurity http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/05/nist-official-businesses-need-take-responsibility-their-own-cybersecurity/113332/The need for public-private collaboration on cybersecurity has been echoed by other cyber experts.Mohana RavindranathWed, 20 May 2015 16:48:05 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/05/nist-official-businesses-need-take-responsibility-their-own-cybersecurity/113332/CybersecurityMaximP/Shutterstock.comFBI Director Blasts Tech Companies Fighting for Encryptionhttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/05/fbi-director-blasts-tech-companies-fighting-encryption/113356/Google, Apple, Facebook and others are urging Obama to back strong encryption, but James Comey worries it will hamper law-enforcement access to critical data.Brendan Sasso, National JournalWed, 20 May 2015 16:00:59 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/05/fbi-director-blasts-tech-companies-fighting-encryption/113356/CybersecurityFBI director James ComeyEvan Vucci/AP File PhotoApp Glitches Cost Agencies Millions of Dollars in Lost Productivityhttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/05/agencies-may-be-losing-millions-dollars-app-and-network-glitches/113326/From email to enterprise-resource planning systems, applications are often critical to keeping agency operations running along.Hallie GoldenWed, 20 May 2015 14:27:58 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/05/agencies-may-be-losing-millions-dollars-app-and-network-glitches/113326/CIO BriefingOvchinnkov Vladimir/Shutterstock.com