Data

Senate Passes Bill to End Payments to Dead People

The bill follows an audit that found the IRS sent $1.4 billion in stimulus checks to deceased individuals.

Inside the Navy Financial System’s Cloud Migration

The Navy is running $70 billion in annual financial transactions in Amazon Web Services’ GovCloud.

What the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Revealing to Federal Chief Data Officers

While some agencies have yet to reveal a chief data officer, others are spinning up new teams, tools and projects to address the global health crisis.

VA Launches Digital COVID-19 Screening App for Patients and Employees

The answers can help staff direct individuals to the appropriate parts of the facility or if needed, additional screening.

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Federal Use of Facial Recognition Tech

If passed, federal agencies would not be able to run, fund, purchase or otherwise use data from facial biometric systems without congressional authorization.

Space Satellite Data Reveals the Pandemic’s Effects on Earth

A new dashboard—created by NASA and international partners—enables users to see changes in air and water quality, greenhouse gases, city nightlights, economic indicators and agricultural production.

Pandemic Oversight Committee Launches Contract Spending Tracker

The committee had stated in its first report that financial management could be a top challenge for agencies. 

How DHS Is Using Multicookers and Predictive Calculators Against the Coronavirus

The agency’s Science and Tech Directorate continues to focus its efforts on pandemic-fighting experiments. 

New National Science Foundation Director Begins Six-Year Term

Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan officially became the 15th director of the government’s lead scientific research outreach and funding arm.

DHS Insider Threat Program Expanding to Anyone Who Accesses Agency Info

The Homeland Security Department will begin tracking all personnel—federal employees and contractors, with or without a security clearance—in the hunt for insider threats.

Rural America Is More Vulnerable to COVID-19 than Cities Are, and It's Starting to Show

Of the top 25 COVID-19 hot spots that popped up in the last two weeks, 18 were in non-metropolitan counties.

Sloth Robot Is a Very Cute Way to Boost Conservation

The new high-tech tool could help save some of the world’s most endangered species.

Pokémon Go Wants to Make 3D Scans of the Whole World for 'Planet-Scale Augmented Reality Experiences.' Is that Good?

A new feature within the game will encourage players to create and upload 3D scans of real-world locations.