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DARPA Wants Technology That Could Help Troops See Through Walls

May 28, 2015 The Pentagon’s emerging technology arm is looking into systems that could reconstruct a 3-D image of a scene from a single vantage point, including objects not visible in the line-of-sight. This technology, according to a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announcement, might eventually help troops prepare for hidden threats --...

DHS Seeks Input on Public-Private Cyber Sharing Groups

May 27, 2015 The Department of Homeland Security is soliciting comment on ways the public and private sectors can better share information about cyber threats. A February executive order mandated that DHS encourage the formation of so-called Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations. Members should be from both the public and private sectors and...

VA Continues Facing Onslaught of Cyberattacks

May 26, 2015 The Department of Veterans Affairs blocked more than 1 billion cyber threats in April, as it did in March, according to the department's monthly information security report. VA blocked 308 million intrusion attempts, more than 956,000 instances of malware, and 52 million malicious or suspicious emails, the report said. These...

House OKs Bill to Promote ‘Exascale’ Supercomputing

May 22, 2015 The House on May 19 approved legislation that would require the Energy Department to invest in supercomputing research. The American Super Computing Leadership Act of 2015 tasks DOE with researching the technology, especially if it can increase computing capability while consuming relatively low power levels. It would also require DOE...

SBA Wants To Know How Big Data Affects Small Business

May 22, 2015 The Small Business Administration is trying to figure out where big data meets small business. While large businesses have been using large volumes of data to make better business decisions, "with greater access and availability of cost-effective technology, small businesses are doing the same," according to a recent solicitation for...

Watchdog Says Agencies Aren’t Tracking How Much They Spend on Smartphones

May 21, 2015 Federal agencies aren't maintaining complete inventories of smartphones and other mobile devices used by their employees and aren’t fully tracking how much they’re spending on such gadgets, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The federal government spends about $1.2 billion each year on circa 1.5 million...

Teaching Federal Contracting Officers About Agile Could Net You $320,000

May 21, 2015 The government is searching for the best way to teach federal employees about buzzy tech terms, such as "agile software development" and "DevOps". The Office of Management and Budget is holding a prize competition -- winners could get up to $320,000 -- for the best program for teaching federal contracting...

NIST Official: Businesses Need to Take More Responsibility for Cybersecurity

May 20, 2015 When it comes to cybersecurity, the relationship between businesses and the government has been mostly all carrot and no stick. And most federal officials say that's the only way to make cyber improvements actually stick around in the commercial sector Donna Dodson leads the National Institute of Standards and Technology's...

Single Sign-On For Government Applications Coming in Weeks

May 19, 2015 Citizens could soon manage all their government accounts on one website. General Services Administrations' tech shop 18F plans to debut MyUSA, a single-sign on account that would let users access content from disparate government agencies. According to 18F, users will also be able to track their application processes, such as...

Building a Robot in Your Garage? You Could Get a DARPA Contract in Less Than a Month

May 18, 2015 Technological advancements -- potentially critical to national security -- could be happening in garages and other "maker spaces" never to be discovered by the Defense Department. That's what DOD is trying to avoid with a new pilot program aimed at getting small businesses and individuals to work on small robotics...