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Agencies Are a Step Closer to Creating a Their Own Siri

4:59 PM ET Federal agencies are a step closer to automating some of their common customer service processes using artificial intelligence. The General Services Administration recently wrapped a pilot that walked federal agencies through the process of building chatbots and other intelligent personal assistants similar to Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. Graduates of...

Trump Asks Tech Companies: How Can Government Help You?

4:48 PM ET President Donald Trump saw drone demonstrations Thursday as part of the White House’s planned Tech Week, Recode reported. Earlier this week, Trump invited the chief executives of the nation’s most powerful technology companies including Apple, Amazon and IBM. On Thursday, he spoke with representatives from businesses selling “emerging technology,” including...

An Insider's Take on What Went Wrong with DHS' Agile Contract

June 21, 2017 The Department of Homeland Security recently canceled a large-scale project attempting to make agile software development services easier for agencies to buy, and the leader of the Digital Service team that worked on it is searching for lessons in its failure. DHS launched Flexible Agile Support for the Homeland, or...

Report: Most Government Sites Fail Security Audit

June 21, 2017 Most federal websites failed a security and privacy assessment by the Online Trust Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group. Consumer sites including Airbnb, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube made the OTA’s Honor Roll, a benchmark score incorporating a company’s data security and privacy practices, such as email authentication and web app firewalls....

Think Beyond Modernization, Tech Execs Told Trump

June 20, 2017 The combined market value of the White House’s most recent visitors tops $3 trillion, a fact not lost on President Donald Trump. Monday was the inaugural American Technology Council meeting, Trump’s effort to solicit powerful business leaders’ input on federal challenges. Amazon, Apple, IBM and Microsoft chief executives Jeff Bezos,...

Survey: Americans Worry More About National Security Than Hacking

June 20, 2017 Consumers in the U.S. are more concerned about the threat of terrorism or war than they are about virtual threats including identity theft or viruses, according to new research. About 68 percent consumers surveyed in the U.S. said they were “extremely concerned” or “very concerned” about national security as it...

Kushner Finds Government Open to Change—At Least in Tech

June 19, 2017 The chief executives of Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, IBM and other technology giants visited the White House on Monday to advise agency heads on how they might modernize operations internally. It was the inaugural meeting of President Donald Trump’s American Technology Council, designed so federal agency heads can periodically address specific...

Federal Researchers Made Tiny Needles that Monitor Your Blood

June 16, 2017 The future of health care might be little needles embedded in your body, continuously and painlessly monitoring your blood flow and relaying that information back to a medical device. At least, that’s the kind of technology the Sandia National Laboratories are developing, and they’re looking for partners to help build...

6 Companies Score $258M in Supercomputing Contracts

June 16, 2017 The Energy Department is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in researching powerful but energy-efficient computers. The department is awarding $258 million in research contracts to six companies developing supercomputing technology. Over the next three years, those companies are expected to build out the hardware, software and applications for an...

Per OMB, Agencies No Longer Have to Report on Y2K Plans

June 15, 2017 The White House wants federal agencies to know they no longer have to comply with the IT requirements that have long since been replaced with new guidance. In a new memorandum, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney rescinded several directives related to information technology, financial management, customer service...