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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....

5 States Sign Up for National Public Safety Network

July 23, 2017 A public-private partnership aiming to build a nationwide broadband network for first responders is under way, but lawmakers are still concerned about the network’s future cybersecurity and reliability. The network is designed to allow law enforcement, emergency medical teams and other disaster response groups to communicate more reliably with each...

5 States Sign Up for National Public Safety Network

July 21, 2017 A public-private partnership aiming to build a nationwide broadband network for first responders is under way, but lawmakers are still concerned about the network’s future cybersecurity and reliability. The network is designed to allow law enforcement, emergency medical teams and other disaster response groups to communicate more reliably with each...

The Federal Government Wants Developers' Help with Quality Control

July 20, 2017 Ruby on Rails experts, the federal government wants to hear from you. A government technology team is looking for information about code reviewers: Outside groups that can scan source code and web applications for potential improvements or, sometimes, bugs. The Technology Transformation Services, part of the General Services Administration and...