IT Modernization

Pentagon Expects to Deploy New Telework Tool in June 2021

The Defense Department’s Commercial Virtual Remote Environment enabled the rapid shift to mass telework during the pandemic, but a solution to handle more sensitive data is one the way.

Ideas

Old Dog Training Methods Teach Robots New Tricks

Roboticists are still figuring out how robots can learn efficiently from their mistakes.

CIO Briefing

Federal Agencies Improve Customer Experience Scores But Still Lag Behind Private Sector

The coronavirus pandemic had little impact on agencies' scores, according to Forrester’s 2020 U.S. Federal Customer Experience Index.

Sponsor Content

Power Smarter, More Agile Networks with a TDM Migration

Learn more about how Ciena Government Solutions can help your agency undertake a successful TDM migration.

Ideas

The Future of Work Post-Pandemic: We’re Not Going Back

Suddenly, the conversation about telework has shifted from “do we have the right technologies in place?” to “do we have the right people policies and training in place?”

CIO Briefing

Union Sues and Democrats Introduce Bill to Block Trump Order Politicizing Civil Service

As opponents of the president’s effort to convert chunks of the federal workforce into at-will employees kick off their efforts to stop the initiative, the administration has signaled that agencies can push forward ahead of schedule.

Ideas

Health Insurers Are Starting to Roll Back Coverage for Telehealth – Even Though Demand Is Way Up Due to COVID-19

Due to the financial strain on health care systems and insurers, the increase in telehealth use may be forced to shrink even though the public health crisis remains.

Cybersecurity

DOD’s First Agreement with Accreditation Body on Contractor Cybersecurity Nears End

Lead official grapples with the challenge of resourcing a federally funded research and development center to act as a gateway for the Pentagon’s certification program. 

Emerging Tech

NOAA Partners with Google to Boost Weather Forecasts with AI

The roughly $10 million deal will also incorporate new hands-on training opportunities for both entities’ personnel.

Sponsor Content

Measuring Cloud Progress

In February and March of 2020, Government Business Council (GBC) polled a random sample of government employees to gauge developments in cloud. In this follow-up poll, GBC surveyed 144 federal, defense, and state and local employees in August and September of 2020.

Emerging Tech

Lawmaker Proposes Federal Institute of Technology and New Contracting Set-Aside

The 21st Century Jobs Package would create a federal agency for training the workforce of the future and incentivize federal contracting officials to buy from vendors who hire rural American workers.

Emerging Tech

Lockheed Seeks Commercial Tie-Ups to Chase 5G Work

CEO Taiclet wants a leading role as U.S. and allied militaries build out their next-gen mobile networks.

Emerging Tech

NIST-Led Quantum Consortium Launches Committee on National Security

The group will explore the on-the-rise technology’s implications within the crucial defense-driven realm.

Emerging Tech

NASA Confirms Water on Moon’s Sunlit Surface

It’s an important discovery that could impact future Moon missions.

Data

Senators Urge Investigation After CBP Admits to Warrantless Cell Phone Surveillance

Customs and Border Protection, part of the Department of Homeland Security, told senators it uses a commercial database to conduct warrantless tracking of people inside the United States.

IT Modernization

VA Launches New Electronic Health Record Platform Amid a Pandemic, Wildfires and Citywide Power Outages

Nature seemed to be against the Veterans Affairs Department’s new EHR system. But officials are reporting a “flawless” cutover for the first deployment.

CIO Briefing

Agencies to Have Wide Latitude In Deciding Which Jobs to Strip of Civil Service Protections

OPM issued initial instructions Friday for implementing a Trump executive order that allows federal policy-making positions to be converted from career jobs to at-will appointments.