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Is That Really You Typing? New DOD Tech Will Know

July 19, 2017 The Pentagon could soon do away with authentication cards if a new approach takes off: using a person's typing behavior to verify their identity. Within three to five seconds—12 to 25 keystrokes—a new product called Biotracker can collect enough data about a computer user to distinguish them from others in...

U.S. Digital Service Shares First Priorities Under Trump

July 18, 2017 An Obama-era technology troubleshooting team has continued under President Donald Trump, maintaining projects some experts suspected would be shuttered in the new administration. The U.S. Digital Service, a task force of professionals recruited from the private sector, was established to tackle some of the federal government's highest profile and highest...

Watchdog: Without a Plan, Motor Carrier Safety Agency Can’t Update I.T.

July 17, 2017 A Transportation Department agency needs a more specific plan for upgrading its technology, a watchdog report says. The Government Accountability Office dinged the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration—whose mission is to reduce the number of bus and commercial vehicle crashes in the United States—for having a vague IT strategic plan...

Insider Trader Learns the Hard Way: Don’t Google ‘Insider Trading’

July 17, 2017 A research scientist interested in insider trading blew his cover when he searched Google for ways to avoid the Security and Exchange Commission. Fei Yan had looked up “how sec detect unusual trade” shortly before he made a suspicious trade, according to the SEC. He made about $120,000 in profit...

This Startup Has Big Plans for the Moon—And Its Rocks

July 17, 2017 Lawmakers are showing increasing interest in space exploration, especially traveling to and potentially colonizing Mars. But one tech startup came to Washington this week with its sights set a little lower: on the moon. Moon Express, an early-stage tech company planning a lunar landing, visited Congress to unveil plans to...

It Will Take Human-Machine Teams to Fight Cyber Threats, McAfee CTO Says

July 14, 2017 Machine learning can help federal agencies quash cybersecurity threats, but it can’t do it without the help of humans. That’s the crux of a new report commissioned by security giant McAfee, whose Chief Technology Officer Steve Grobman thinks federal agencies need to re-think how humans and machines work together on...

House Extends FITARA Provisions On Data Centers, IT Dashboard

July 13, 2017 The House has adopted an amendment that would extend provisions of a bill outlining federal data center consolidation plans and agencies’ use of dashboards for assessing IT projects. The amendment, adopted Wednesday, extends a handful of requirements under the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act set to expire in 2018...

Lawmakers Worry GSA's Reorganization Politicizes Buying

July 12, 2017 The technology purchasing hub for the federal government has undergone a major restructuring under President Donald Trump, and some lawmakers are concerned the reorganization might politicize buying. The General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Service—which includes digital consultancy 18F, the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, and the Office of Citizen Services and...

Lawmaker to Trump’s Election Commission: Drop Your Voter Data Request

July 11, 2017 A presidential commission investigating voter fraud could compromise voters’ personal information, says one lawmaker who is urging the panel to drop its request for that data. President Donald Trump established the panel in May via an executive order. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity aims to look into “vulnerabilities...

These Scanners Could Let You Travel With Liquids and Electronic Devices

July 11, 2017 The Homeland Security Department is gradually tightening restrictions on what passengers can take on airplanes—an effort to thwart terrorists—but one California startup wants travelers to keep their liquids and their electronic devices when they fly. DHS Secretary John Kelly’s electronics ban prohibits travelers on inbound flights from 10 airports in...