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White House Announces Expansion of Lab-to-Market 'Innovation Corps'

August 4, 2015 The National Science Foundation’s lab-to-market Innovation Corps initiative has more than doubled its stock of agency partners, adding entities from both the defense and intelligence sectors. Announced Tuesday as part of the White House's first-ever "Demo Day," this expansion added or expanded eight agency partnerships with the Innovation Corps, according...

Census Plans 2016 Test Run to Experiment with New Tech Tools

August 3, 2015 The Census Bureau has big tech plans for its 2020 count, and it’s organizing a trial run to make sure all goes according to plan. The bureau is rolling out a handful of new options in 2020 designed to upgrade the decennial headcount for the digital age. The new options...

NASA Searches for Link Between Electromagnetic Pulses and Earthquakes

August 3, 2015 NASA has invited the public to put an end to years of scientific debate by answering a single question: Can electromagnetic pulses forecast earthquakes? The two-week challenge, called "Quest for Quakes," has asked participants to develop software codes or algorithms able to parse through piles of data and find those...

Contractor Group: Start Offering OPM Hack Victims ID Protection -- Now

July 31, 2015 The Professional Services Council, a trade group representing scores of government contractors, has urged the Office of Personnel Management to notify and protect the millions of victims affected by a massive breach of background investigation files. PSC President and CEO Stan Soloway sent a letter to acting OPM Director Beth...

Shadow IT on the Rise But Feds Unsure How to Tackle Security Risks

July 29, 2015 Despite the increasing prevalence of unauthorized apps and devices -- aka shadow IT-- in the federal technology workspace, few decision-makers feel confident they can control its accompanying security risks. About 90 percent of the federal IT officials polled in a new report by SolarWinds, which provides IT performance management software,...

White House Grievance Portal Gets Upgraded

July 28, 2015 The White House wants to make it easier for the public to receive timely responses to their grievances, so it's made a few tweaks to its online petition portal, We the People. If a petition receives at least 100,000 signatures within 30 days of being posted, the Obama administration says...

Census Wants Employees Prepared for Phishing Attacks

July 28, 2015 The Census Bureau wants to make sure it isn’t phished. Citing the increasingly common threat of phishing attacks, the bureau is seeking contractors to “provide interactive Internet-based anti-phishing awareness training and services,” according to a July 27 solicitation. The training program is meant to make sure the bureau’s employees are...

USDA Teams Up with Microsoft on Food Data Challenge

July 27, 2015 The Agriculture Department wants the country’s food supply prepared for any curves climate change might throw its way, so it has reached out to the public for ideas as part of a $60,000 "innovation challenge." Launched Friday, the competition is meant to spur the creation of tech tools for analyzing...

ICE Cyber Crimes Center Gets Overhaul

July 24, 2015 The Department of Homeland Security cyber forensics lab that played a key role in the Silk Road takedown just got a major upgrade. On Wednesday, representatives from DHS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement unveiled the overhauled Cyber Crimes Center, a 5,000-square-foot forensic lab in Fairfax, Virginia. The expanded center will...

NIST on the Search for Innovative Mobile Apps

July 23, 2015 The National Institute of Standards and Technology is looking for apps to showcase its wealth of data, so it's turned to the public for help. NIST just launched a competition in which participants create a mobile app that showcases one of six of the agency’s eligible data sets, according to...