Data

Senators Urge Investigation After CPB 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.

Sponsor Content

How Inter-Annotator Agreement Drives Confidence in Federal AI

Citizens expect accountability and transparency around AI uses, and they expect the outputs to be correct.

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.

Ideas

Cold? Flu? COVID? Here's How to Tell.

A sniffle may spark more worries than usual.

Ideas

How to Use COVID-19 Testing and Quarantining to Safely Travel for the Holidays

COVID-19 testing is not as simple as yes or no, infected or safe.

CIO Briefing

The Coronavirus Surge That Will Define the Next 4 Years

Cases are rising in all but nine states. Unlike the past two waves, this one has no epicenter.

Ideas

What the Rise of Digital Handouts on Venmo and Cash App Says about Our Fraying Social Safety Net

There's an uptick of people tuning to Twitter to ask for financial support during the pandemic.

Sponsor Content

4 Ways to Drive Government Transformation with AI

At a recent webcast, government and industry leaders joined forces to explore the role of AI in government — and how agencies can start leveraging these new tools today.

Data

OMB Official Says Evidence Act Implementation Guidance May Come in Early 2021

Two Office of Management and Budget officials discussed the guidance at the first meeting of the Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building.

Cybersecurity

Congress Faces Contentious Cyber Proposals When NDAA Conference Kicks Off

Industry groups are hoping these will lead to greater investment in government intelligence services to protect their assets.

CIO Briefing

Governance Experts Assail White House Effort to Strip Federal Employees of Rights

Good government groups, unions and lawmakers were nearly unanimous in their scorching criticism of an executive order that could strip protections for hundreds of thousands and politicize the federal workforce.

Emerging Tech

VA Piloting AI to Predict Mortality Rates of COVID-19 Patients

The tool has been in development since the spring and is now being piloted ahead of a larger rollout, VA officials said.

Emerging Tech

NGA Offers Cash Prizes for Tech that Can Identify a Location By Its Sound

The agency intends to figure out whether specific locations can be distinguished using sound-based machine learning methods.

Ideas

Religious Life Was Converting to Tech Before COVID

Livestreamed services, which people view from home, are the new normal.

Cybersecurity

NIST Needs Tech Providers Help Developing Zero-Trust Practice Guide

But the agency is vetting potential participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

CIO Briefing

‘Stunning’ Executive Order Would Politicize Civil Service

President Trump signs directive that will potentially pull thousands of federal employees in "policy-making" positions out of the competitive service, making them at-will employees.