IT Modernization

Congress Calls Coast Guard's Health Records System A 'Five-Year Epic Failure'

The modernization project went over budget and didn't yield any reusable software or equipment.

Policy

FEC Will Take Up Online Political Ad Transparency

The Federal Election Commission may soon require online ads that urge viewers to vote for or against a specific candidate to include a disclaimer about where they originated.

Cybersecurity

'Worst Year Ever' For Cyberattacks

And most of them could have been avoided with basic cyber hygiene.

Emerging Tech

Auto Industry Tells Congress to Pump Brakes On Self-Driving Car Regulation

Automakers want lawmakers to wait to regulate self driving vehicles until the technology matures more.

Cybersecurity

DHS Inoculating Labs Against Hacks That Could Release Dangerous Diseases

The department is developing ways to secure federal research facilities from cyberattacks on their internet-connected controls.

CIO Briefing

Agencies Become Anti-Social Amid Shutdown

The Transportation Security Agency will still answer weird travel questions on Twitter though.

Emerging Tech

Design a Long-Haul Drone And Win Up to $320,000

A National Institute of Standards and Technology contest wants the drone that can haul the most for the longest flight time.

Emerging Tech

To Unleash Blockchain's Potential, Government Must Direct Its Growth

One of the biggest issues federal agencies run into with blockchain projects is making sure sensitive data doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

Policy

Despite Progress, Social Platforms Still Not Terrorist-Proof

Lawmakers grilled Facebook, YouTube and Twitter over their efforts to block extremist content on their platforms.

Emerging Tech

IARPA Wants to Use Machine Learning to Help Prevent Terrorist Attacks

Automated video monitoring could also help detect threats more efficiently than human operators.

Emerging Tech

Smart Cars Collect a Lot of Data. FTC Wants to Know How It's Used.

While some types of information may make drivers safer, others are more geared toward selling ads.

Policy

Controversial Anti-Sex Trafficking Bill Could Get Vote This Month

But lawmakers could face an uphill battle reconciling the bill with its tech-friendly House counterpart.

CIO Briefing

Agencies Spent Billions on IT Without CIOs’ Approval in 2016

A lot of IT purchases slipped by acquisition offices too, the Government Accountability Office found.

Emerging Tech

Industry Talks, Government Listens on Pentagon's E-Commerce Platform

Industry leaders told the General Services Administration the Pentagon’s e-commerce platform should balance efficiency with oversight.

Cybersecurity

Border Agents Are Searching Through More Travelers' Devices Than Ever

Customs and Border Protection released updated rules for how officials can search phones, laptops and tablets in the age of encryption.

Data

IG Calls Out Homeland Security for ‘Questionable’ Spending Data

Auditors said more than 60 percent of transactions had errors, but Homeland Security officials disagree.