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IARPA Wants Autonomous Fingerprint Tech

January 30, 2017 The intelligence community wants to be able to capture an entire fingerprint—from one edge of the nail bed to the other—without a human operator and is offering $325,000 in prizes for the technology to do so. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s Nail to Nail Fingerprint Challenge seeks a biometric...

Lawmaker Still Wants Feds to Stop Watching Porn at Work, Plus Other Bills to Watch

January 29, 2017 Will the third time be the charm for Rep. Mark Meadows’ bill to remove access to pornography from agencies? The North Carolina representative introduced the Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act in the 113th and 114th sessions in response to an Environmental Protection Agency employee who reportedly watched two to six...

Rick Perry Shifts from Energy Dept. Eliminator to Advocate

January 20, 2017 Rick Perry, the presidential nominee who once called for eliminating the Energy Department, may find himself fighting to preserve the agency's cybersecurity and advanced research projects. During his confirmation hearing Thursday, the Energy secretary nominee reversed many of the statements he made during his presidential campaign. Senators asked if he...

Defense Secretary Nominee Cautions Against ‘Stumbling’ into Cyberwar

January 13, 2017 Retired Gen. James Mattis called for a comprehensive cyber doctrine to respond to cyberattacks when testifying during his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday. Any such doctrine would be a multi-agency effort that could include the Defense, State, Treasury and Homeland Security departments, and he hoped it could be accomplished within 18...

Defense Secretary Nominee Cautions Against ‘Stumbling’ into Cyberwar

January 12, 2017 Retired Gen. James Mattis called for a comprehensive cyber doctrine to respond to cyberattacks when testifying during his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday. Any such doctrine would be a multi-agency effort that could include the Defense, State, Treasury and Homeland Security departments, and he hoped it could be accomplished within 18...

Sessions: US Needs Cyber Rules So ‘Price is Paid’ If Breached

January 10, 2017 Attorney-general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions emphasized a need for cyber rules of engagement during the first day of his confirmation hearings. “Partnerships will also be vital to achieving more effective enforcement against cyber threats. The Department of Justice clearly has a lead role to play in that essential effort,” Sessions...

Lawmakers Face Big Fines for Livestreaming

January 4, 2017 Congressional representatives who livestream or take photos from the chamber floor now face fines up to $2,500. The resolution was included in the Rules for the 115th Congress, which passed Tuesday in a 234-193 vote that went along party lines. The sergeant-at-arms can impose a $500 fine on representatives for...

Even Space Stations Need to Replace Batteries

December 29, 2016 NASA is getting ready for a pair of spacewalks to upgrade the batteries on the International Space Station, the agency announced. Expedition 50 astronauts—with help of a robotic arm—will install six new lithium-ion batteries and adapters on the station’s power supply, replacing 12 older nickel-hydrogen batteries. Three of the old...

Trump’s Landing Teams Feature Familiar Tech Executives

December 8, 2016 As President-elect Donald Trump continued to announce his intended cabinet, his team also unveiled some members of agency landing teams whom the federal technology community will recognize. U.S. Cyber Challenge National Director Karen Evans will return to the Office of Management and Budget, where she previously served as the administrator...

First Rule of User Experience: You Do Talk To the User

December 1, 2016 If agencies want to improve their users’ websites and services, first they need to talk to their customers, agency officials said. “We actually get out and talk to taxpayers,” said Michele Causey, Internal Revenue Service's director of user experience and design, at Government Executive’s Digital Citizen Summit on Wednesday. Before...