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TSA's ‘Airport of the Future’ Will Use Biometrics, Risk-Based Screening

September 4, 2015 This week, the Transportation Security Administration released its ambitious strategy to create what the agency describes as the "airport of the future." Posted Sept. 2 on FedBizOpps, the 45-page "Strategic Five-Year Technology Investment Plan for Aviation Security" lays the groundwork "for future innovation and meets the immediate technology demands of...

TSA's 'Airport of the Future' Includes More Biometrics and 'Intelligence-Driven' Procedures

September 4, 2015 This week, the Transportation Security Administration released its ambitious strategy to create what the agency describes as the "airport of the future." Posted Sept. 2 on FedBizOpps, the 45-page "Strategic Five-Year Technology Investment Plan for Aviation Security" lays the groundwork "for future innovation and meets the immediate technology demands of...

Teams in NASA’s Latest Challenge Compete to Have Their Inventions Sent into Space

September 2, 2015 NASA plans to take a giant step out of Earth’s orbit for a newly launched deep space competition, the Cube Quest Challenge. The competition is the agency’s first in-space challenge, according to a recent NASA press release. After preliminary rounds on Earth, participants could be awarded the chance at a...

Why More Agencies Tap Twitter to Recruit New Talent

August 28, 2015 Federal agencies continue to struggle to attract the best and brightest to government work. A 2014 ranking of the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” revealed only 39 percent of federal workers said their agencies’ hiring teams were able to recruit top talent. Is social media the answer?...

Q&A: The Future of Wearables in Government

August 27, 2015 In the future, wearables are going to get smaller, smarter and much more popular in federal agencies, predicts Gabe Grifoni, co-founder and CEO of the wearable technology startup Rufus Labs. But first things first: Security measures must catch up with the new technology, he told Nextgov. “I think that there's...

US Army Looks Inward for Next Batch of Cyber Specialists

August 26, 2015 The Army has turned to its own ranks in hopes of satisfying its growing need for talented cybersecurity professionals. In June, the agency announced that all E-1- through E-8-ranked soldiers, regardless of their technical background, could apply to participate in a yearlong cyber training program, according to a recent Army...

Army Looks In-House for Cyberwarriors

August 26, 2015 This story has been updated to clarify the timeline for the program. The Army has turned to its own ranks in hopes of satisfying its growing need for talented cybersecurity professionals. In June, the agency announced that all E-1 through E-8 ranked soldiers, regardless of their technical background, could apply...

NOAA and NASA Plan to Send a Drone Right Into Tropical Storm Erika

August 25, 2015 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has teamed up with NASA to harness the observational power of drones to improve weather forecasts. On Aug. 26, the two agencies expect to launch NASA’s unmanned aircraft Global Hawk from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia and aim it straight into Tropical Storm...

Interior Department Website Gets a New Look

August 25, 2015 The Interior Department unveiled a revamped version of its website last week, meant to upgrade both its aesthetic appeal and security. The transformation is noteworthy because it marks the first time a federal agency has implemented the Drupal distribution OpenPublic for its CMS platform base, according to a case study...

Shadow BYOD Runs Rampant at Federal Agencies

August 20, 2015 Federal employees appear to have discovered a foolproof way to skirt their agency’s ban on using personal devices for official work – simply do it anyways. About half of the 1,000 federal employees surveyed in a new poll said they use their personal device to check their work email and...