Emerging Tech

Your AirPods Will Die Soon

The surprisingly short life of new electronic devices.

CIO Briefing

VA Botched GI Benefits Modernization Because Nobody Was in Charge, Watchdog Says

The project, which started in August 2017, didn’t have a designated leader until November 2018, the VA inspector general found.

Sponsor Content

Doing Good with Government Data

You may wonder where to start in using analytics to improve operations and enrich the lives of citizens. Quite simply, analysis begins with a problem. What issue do you want to solve? What task needs to be simplified? Start by solving that one problem.

Cybersecurity

How the Energy Department is Prioritizing Secure Infrastructure

The budding Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response aims to deflect cyber, manmade and natural security hazards.

Policy

Facebook Does Have to Respect Civil-Rights Legislation, After All

Activists just won a landmark case against the social network.

Emerging Tech

NSF Director Approaching Uncertain Tech Landscape with Confidence

France Córdova sat down with Nextgov to discuss the national AI strategy, the federal research ecosystem and the “very exciting” future of quantum computing.

Ideas

White House Takes Important Step to Accelerate AI Adoption

It’s hard to overstate AI’s importance: It’s the biggest commercial opportunity in the world right now.

CIO Briefing

Space Force’s Projected Size Drifts Upward, Drawing Concern on Capitol Hill

Despite “lean” pledges, aides are skeptical about the size of the proposed branch and the number of generals who will lead it.

CIO Briefing

Should Government Agencies Move Out of Capital Cities?

North Carolina may relocate its Division of Motor Vehicles from Raleigh to boost lagging Rocky Mount. Can this be a national model for decentralizing power?

CIO Briefing

Lawmaker Wants VA to Explain a Software Tool USDS Flagged as Flawed

A ProPublica report exposed serious issues in a Veterans Affairs Department software tool.

Emerging Tech

Automation Will Be a Requirement of a Shrinking Workforce, Not Its Cause, Officials Say

While the budget focuses on reducing headcount, officials said that isn’t the goal of pushing more automation.

IT Modernization

Another Defense Agency Migrates Data to Amazon Cloud

The Defense Health Agency joins a growing list of defense agencies moving their data to the commercial cloud.

Emerging Tech

Tech Giants Will Brief Lawmakers on the Spread of Terrorist Content Online

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft will be asked about how the New Zealand shooter’s video spread so quickly.

Emerging Tech

The Mysterious Exploding Asteroid

A NASA spacecraft reached a space rock and found it orbited by tiny moons—a phenomenon that “has never been seen before in any solar-system object.”

CIO Briefing

Inside GAO’s Plan to Make Congress More Tech-Savvy

The new Science and Technology Assessment and Analytics group aims to prep lawmakers for big decisions on artificial intelligence, privacy and 5G.

Data

Federal Contractor Numbering System Gets First New Managing Vendor After 20 Years

The DUNS number—a unique ID for organizations doing business with the government—will be phased out in favor of a new identifier with a new name and vendor.

Cybersecurity

Cyber Threats Are Emerging Faster Than DHS Can Address Them, Secretary Says

The agency needs industry to help it “innovate while under attack,” according to Kirstjen Nielsen.