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Acting CIOs Still in Place at One-Third of CFO Agencies

November 15, 2017 Though the Trump administration is making progress filling federal chief information officer positions with permanent officials, about one-third of major agencies still have acting officials in place. Federal CIOs change after any administration change, but this year has been a particularly dizzying mix of the departures of politically appointed CIOs,...

Only 23% of the World Has a Free and Open Internet

November 14, 2017 Though more people around the world are going online than ever before, almost two-thirds of them live in areas where the government has taken steps to limit freedom on the internet, a study found. Less than a quarter of worldwide internet users have access to a “free” internet, while 64...

Vet Returns To Boot Camp ... For Coding

November 10, 2017 As an officer in the Coast Guard, Evan Rice traversed the globe from the North Pole to Antarctica, but after nine years of service he returned to boot camp to take on a new mission: learning how to code. Rice became one of the first veterans to use GI Bill...

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Shulkin Stresses Accountability of VA Employees While Defending His Own

November 9, 2017 Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin on Thursday highlighted the success of a recently enacted law in increasing accountability and integrity among VA employees while at the same time defending himself against allegations of inappropriately spending taxpayer money. At an event hosted by The Washington Post, Shulkin praised the VA Accountability...

Senate Passes Anti-Sex Trafficking Bill with Newfound Tech Industry Support

November 8, 2017 After months of heated debate that pitted human rights groups against free speech advocates and the tech industry, the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved bipartisan legislation that would arm prosecutors with more legal tools to fight online sex trafficking. The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act moves on for...

Farmers to Congress: We Need Broadband, Too

November 7, 2017 Rural companies that rely heavily on internet-connected devices need access to high-speed broadband to improve productivity and grow the economy, industry leaders said. Executives from the agriculture and energy sectors told a Senate panel that without a fast and reliable internet connection, businesses in their industries find themselves at a...

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OPM Loosens Restrictions on Emergency Leave Transfers

November 6, 2017 As recovery efforts continue in the wake of wildfires in California and an especially destructive hurricane season, the Office of Personnel Management laid out new guidelines for agencies juggling emergency leave transfer programs for multiple disasters. OPM has established programs that allow federal employees to donate unused annual leave to...

Three-Star General Wants AI in Every New Weapon System

November 3, 2017 With artificial intelligence set to revolutionize how the military runs surveillance missions around the world, one top Defense Department official hopes to bring intelligent systems to the Pentagon’s efforts both on and off the battlefield. As director of defense intelligence for warfighter support, Air Force Lt. Gen Jack Shanahan spearheaded...

CIA, NSA Offer Startups More Than Money

November 2, 2017 Startups can pave the way for federal adoption of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and machine-learning, but the government can offer them something in return—and it’s not just money. Working with the government can give small companies a leg up on their competition, said John Kammerer, technical director of high-performance...

Three-Star General Wants Artificial Intelligence in Every New Weapon System

November 2, 2017 With artificial intelligence set to revolutionize how the military runs surveillance missions around the world, one top Defense Department official hopes to bring intelligent systems to the Pentagon’s efforts both on and off the battlefield. As director of defense intelligence for warfighter support, Air Force Lt. Gen Jack Shanahan spearheaded...