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Federal Spending on Drones Goes Under the Sea

August 1, 2017 The government is still spending money on drones and research and development to improve them, but it's shifting its attention from the skies to the seas. Federal agencies—both civilian and defense—spent about $31.3 billion on unmanned systems, the connected network of devices and sensors known as the internet of things,...

NASA Program Makes Buying Legit IT Easier

July 31, 2017 NASA has launched a new program to help buyers using its governmentwide IT contract verify that the products they're buying are from legitimate sources. NASA on Monday unveiled the Established Authorized Reseller Program for its billion dollar Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement vehicle, better known as SEWP. The program limits certain...

Border State Lawmakers Propose a 'Smart' Wall

July 30, 2017 A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants drones and cameras to make up parts of President Donald Trump's proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall rather than a physical barrier. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, introduced legislation Thursday that would direct the Homeland Security Department to create a smart wall that uses a network of...

Border State Lawmakers Propose a 'Smart' Wall

July 29, 2017 A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants drones and cameras to make up parts of President Donald Trump's proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall rather than a physical barrier. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, introduced legislation Thursday that would direct the Homeland Security Department to create a smart wall that uses a network of...

Federal Agencies Flirt with Blockchain

July 28, 2017 The decentralized record-keeping system that tracks bitcoin and other digital currencies might have a role in the federal government, but it's not yet clear what that role is. Agencies are showing early interest in blockchain technology. The Homeland Security Department awarded BlockCypher—which operates such databases—a Small Business Innovation Research grant...

Border State Lawmakers Propose a 'Smart' Wall

July 27, 2017 A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants drones and cameras to make up parts of President Donald Trump's proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall rather than a physical barrier. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, introduced legislation Thursday that would direct the Homeland Security Department to create a smart wall that uses a network of...

FDA Is Looking Into Drones for Health Inspections

July 26, 2017 Aerial drones could soon replace some of the Food and Drug Administration’s health inspectors, but the agency is still in the early stages of deciding how much data to collect and how to use it. The federal agency must comply not only with regulations Federal Aviation Administration surrounding aerial unmanned...

U.S. Digital Services Co-Founder Leaves White House

July 26, 2017 An Obama-era tech leader who stayed on under President Donald Trump is leaving the White House, Politico reports. Haley Van Dyck, who co-founded the U.S. Digital Service, a technology troubleshooting team focusing on high-impact federal projects, had re-joined the federal government in March after leaving the White House toward the...

Border Walls Work in Cities, DHS Officials Tell Lawmakers

July 25, 2017 If Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly's spring prediction comes true, building a physical wall that spans the entire U.S. Mexican border is "unlikely." What's more likely is a mix of advanced surveillance technology, a fortified physical barrier, and agents cracking down on people trying to enter or transmit drugs into...

Immigration Agency Wants to Blend Data Science, Agile and Security

July 24, 2017 DevOps, meet DevSecOps. The Homeland Security Department is looking beyond the buzzy "DevOps" management approach—blending the software development and the operations staff to encourage closer collaboration—to "DevSecOps," which throws security teams into that mix. A more conventional approach might keep these groups separate until shortly before the product launch. U.S....