Artificial Intelligence

Mitigating AI risks requires global cooperation, officials say

The U.S. is looking “to try and build international consensus around a set of norms” for countries’ uses of AI, a State Department official said on Thursday.

Artificial Intelligence

Data can be a double-edged sword in generative AI, agency experts say

Though there are myriad federal use cases for generative AI applications, usability hinges on clean, organized input data.

Updated Cybersecurity

Biden briefed on CrowdStrike IT outage as multiple federal systems impacted

Social Security offices are closed for the day due to the incident. It will be “time-consuming” for all affected systems to undo the damage because the process is manual, one expert says.

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Digital Government

OMB touts 'time tax' reductions for government services

Sam Berger, associate administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, spoke with Nextgov/FCW about progress made and what’s next.

Policy

Senate DOOBIE Act would overlook past marijuana use in feds’ hiring, security clearances

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., argued “it's crucial that the federal government modernizes its hiring practices to reflect evolving laws and societal norms.”

Cybersecurity

New US cyber official wants ‘brutal honesty’ on industry collaboration efforts

CISA’s new cybersecurity official Jeff Greene wants to know where the agency can improve on collaboration efforts that have been previously criticized for their misdirection.

Digital Government

VA pushes vets to Login-dot-gov or ID-dot-me for online access

VA said the change is estimated to affect approximately 3 million veterans, and phases out two legacy identity options currently supported by the agency for online access.

Policy

White House announces almost $100M in commitments to expand pool of tech talent

Arati Prabhakar, the director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, said the government’s adoption of emerging capabilities “hinges on getting terrific people to come do this work.”

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In the wake of the AI revolution, the nature of IT and cyber security environments has shifted.

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US taps IBM for 5-year deal to boost European, Eurasian allies’ cyber posture

Officials are concerned that a lack of institution building in such nations will allow digital adversaries to gain a larger foothold in allied countries’ networks.

Digital Government

VA unable to collect over $665M in revenue because of tool suspension, OIG says

VA paused its use of a tool that consolidates community care data in February 2023 “after becoming aware of issues with its database code logic and of compromised stored data.”

Artificial Intelligence

Senators seek to advance AI capabilities at national labs

Proposed legislation looks to give the U.S. national laboratories a strong artificial intelligence infrastructure while acknowledging associated risks.

People

'Fire every single mid-level bureaucrat': Vance on federal employees

Sen. J.D. Vance, R-Ohio, has been at the center of GOP efforts in Congress to “dismantle” diversity, equity and inclusion programs at federal agencies, and has suggested that if Trump wins re-election, he should fire “every mid-level bureaucrat” in government.

Artificial Intelligence

FCC to consider new protections against AI-generated robocalls next month

The proposal comes four months before the U.S. presidential election, where experts have long feared how AI may be used to misinform voters.

Defense

Info warriors coming to Navy subs in the Pacific

The move follows two other pilot efforts with Naval Submarine Forces, said Vice Adm. Kelly Aeschbach, the service’s outgoing “I-boss.”

Artificial Intelligence

DOD’s generative AI task force will help set guardrails for broader use

The head of the Pentagon’s Task Force Lima said recommendations from the project will help officials develop the infrastructure needed to adopt AI technologies.

Updated Policy

How federal agencies are responding to the Trump assassination attempt

FBI, Secret Service and others are taking a lead role and deploying personnel in response to Saturday's shooting.

Digital Government

SSA transitions online accounts to Login-dot-gov for sign in

The agency said the change will affect individuals who created “my Social Security” accounts through its website before September 18, 2021.

Digital Government

As GSA turns 75, one of its leading technologists reflects on the agency's mission

Ann Lewis, director of the Technology Transformation Services, talks implementation, money and more.