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Obama White House's Message to Trump on Financial Tech: Let FinTech Flourish

January 20, 2017 The new administration should prioritize technology like crowdfunding if it wants to support the American economy, former President Barack Obama's White House said in one of its final whitepapers. New methods of exchanging money, investing, or financing businesses, broadly referred to as "financial technology" or "fintech," could help citizens and...

One of Obama's Final Acts Made Presidential Innovation Fellows Program Permanent

January 20, 2017 In one of his last actions as the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama made permanent a program that brings out-of-the-box thinkers into government for short-term rotations. Shortly before leaving the White House permanently, Obama signed a law that codifies the Presidential Innovation Fellows program; fellows, often specializing...

What Will Trump’s Tech C-Suite Look Like?

January 19, 2017 For the past few years, President Barack Obama’s White House has attracted a slew of private-sector technology heavyweights, often poached from a recurring cast of Silicon Valley stalwarts such as Twitter and Google. Part of the Obama administration’s legacy has been to create new White House-based executive roles dedicated to...

RNC Chief Digital Officer to Join White House in Same Role

January 18, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump may be poaching a top Republication National Committee official to fill out the White House tech team. Gerrit Lansing, who has served as the RNC's chief digital officer since 2015, has been tapped to continue that role at the White House, Politico reported Wednesday. The first White...

Trump Appoints Baltimore Real Estate Developer To Tech Team

January 18, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump has appointed a real estate developer with footholds in the restaurant and casino industries to his White House technology team. Reed Cordish, a principal and partner at the Baltimore-based Cordish Companies, is joining Trump's administration as the assistant to the president for intragovernmental and technology initiatives, a...

Education Dept. Builds Show and Tell Space for Developers

January 17, 2017 The Education Department is creating a virtual space where developers can share anything they've made using federal data. The department set up an extension of its official GitHub account to house resources for developers and to showcase any products the agency is coding, including the College Scorecard. (That online tool...

FTC’s Plea To Academia: Keep Protecting Consumers

January 17, 2017 The federal government needs more research on how effectively it protects consumers, a top technologist thinks. By conducting studies on policy governing consumer products, researchers can help the Federal Trade Commission understand how its purview over topics such as privacy notices and ads actually makes customers safer, FTC Chief Technologist...

Agencies Miss—But Come Close To—Cyber Deadlines

January 13, 2017 Days before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, parts of the federal government are scrambling to get their cyber practices in order. While the Homeland Security Department has met its goals for deploying its own cyber protection system to all civilian cabinet-level agencies, some agencies have missed a White House deadline...

Commerce Wants Your Thoughts on Preliminary Internet of Things Guidance

January 13, 2017 The public doesn't seem to agree on what the internet of things is or whether a common definition of the term is necessary, according to a Commerce Department report. The Commerce Department published this and other findings from a recent request for comment on the internet of things, a loose...

General Motors CEO Chairs Federal Committee on Automation, Self-Driving Cars

January 13, 2017 The federal government is gearing up for cities filled with self-driving cars, buses and trains. The Transportation Department is creating a committee that will guide the government on policy for automated vehicles and discuss research on their development. The advisory committee, chaired by General Motors CEO Mary Barra, will have...

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