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To Embrace Emerging Tech, Governments Need Supporting Talent, Survey Says

May 26, 2017 Public service agencies worldwide are trying to take advantage of new technology, such as biometric identification systems, but they face common challenges including hiring tech talent, a survey found. Accenture interviewed government technology professionals in Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Singapore, the U.K. and the U.S. about their approach...

Signal Jammers Stymie First Responders, and DHS Wants It To Stop

May 25, 2017 Illegally imported signal jammers, which can block communication over cellular and Wi-Fi networks, are a growing threat, the Homeland Security Department has warned. They're of particular concern to first responders, who rely on those networks to communicate with each other about the status of crises. Criminals, for example, could strategically...

DHS: Biometrics Could Cut the Over 700K Visa Overstays

May 24, 2017 Hundreds of thousands of foreigners overstayed their visas in fiscal 2016, but new biometric data collection efforts could help cut that number, according to the Homeland Security Department. More than 700,000 overstayed their expected departure date in 2016, a DHS report notes. Visa overstay data includes temporary workers, tourists visiting...

Agencies Struggle to Stop Using Social Security Numbers as Identifiers

May 23, 2017 Federal agencies using Social Security numbers to identify people could be putting them at risk for identity theft, lawmakers argued Tuesday. Because many separate organizations use that one key to identify individuals—employers, health care providers and other entities, for instance—a single Social Security number could grant hackers access to many...

32 Optometrists Without Indoor Plumbing And Other Facts You Can Find In Census Data

May 22, 2017 As the Census Bureau gears up for the 2020 survey, government leadership and tech companies alike are thinking of new ways to present demographic data. Census' chief customer experience officer is looking internationally for templates: for instance, a nongovernmental organization in the Netherlands, called Statistics Netherlands, visualizes national census data...

Pentagon Mapmakers Want To Tap Mobile Ad Technology. Here's Why.

May 22, 2017 While the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency keeps its operations secret, it's looking into the some of the country's flashiest technology hotbeds for new ideas. The spy agency, whose mapping projects are used in combat support and general intelligence operations, has been sending staff to Boston, Austin and New York to absorb...

Pentagon Mapmakers Want To Tap Mobile Ad Technology. Here's Why.

May 19, 2017 While the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency keeps its operations secret, it's looking into the some of the country's flashiest technology hotbeds for new ideas. The spy agency, whose mapping projects are used in combat support and general intelligence operations, has been sending staff to Boston, Austin and New York to absorb...

McAfee VP: Cyber Executive Order Could Signal Windfall for Contractors

May 18, 2017 This week, the House passed a major bill that would create working capital funds agencies to modernize their internal technology. Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing agencies to update their cybersecurity practices and to hold agency heads, not chief information officers, accountable for incidents. What do...

Lawmakers To Trump: Without A Science Adviser, You'll Keep Falling For Fake News

May 18, 2017 Congressional Democrats are concerned President Donald Trump is vulnerable to fake news, especially regarding science. Members of the House Science Committee penned a letter to the president, urging him to fill a top White House science position and to avoid pseudoscience. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., led the group. Without a...

Bill Aims to Clarify When and How the Government Discloses Software Vulnerabilities

May 17, 2017 On the heels of a major ransomware attack that first plagued the national health service in Britain and then spread globally, U.S. lawmakers want to codify the process by which the government shares newly discovered vulnerabilities with software vendors and the public. A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill...