Cybersecurity

Justice Department Attributes Equifax Hack to Chinese Military Officers 

Officials highlight the theft of intellectual property, in addition to personal information.

Emerging Tech

NASA Solicits Ideas on its Future Moon Rovers

It’s all part of what the agency calls “a coordinated approach to explore the lunar surface.”

Emerging Tech

CBP Is Upgrading to a New Facial Recognition Algorithm in March

The agency also signed an agreement with NIST to test the algorithm and its operational environment for accuracy and potential biases.

Ideas

Astroturfing Is Bad But It's Not the Whole Problem

The shift to a digital process has made commenting easier yet also inadvertently opened the floodgates to voluminous, duplicative and, yes, even “fake” comments.

CIO Briefing

Report: Federal Agencies Must Be 'Better Connected, More Collaborative'

Agencies need to work together and with the private sector to improve how they manage IT systems, data and their workforces, researchers say.  

Emerging Tech

Energy Names Inaugural Director of New Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office

The agency launched the center in September to coordinate and streamline its heaps AI-focused efforts.

Cybersecurity

FBI Director Argues Private Companies Shouldn’t Decide Encryption Debate 

A key lawmaker questioned whether the Justice Department’s position is at odds with the Defense Department’s.

Cybersecurity

Iowa’s Lesson: Political Parties Are Not as Good as Government Officials at Counting Votes

Most primaries are run by state and local governments. But caucuses are different—and Iowa shows how that can be a problem.

IT Modernization

CIA Issues Draft Solicitation for Next Step in Multibillion-Dollar Cloud Journey

The intelligence community will opt for multiple cloud service providers for its planned Commercial Cloud Enterprise contract. 

IT Modernization

Procurement Reporting Tool Is Moving to SAM But FPDS.gov Isn’t Going Anywhere

GSA is moving the central reporting function of the Federal Procurement Data System to beta.SAM while Treasury works to improve the quality of data reported through the site.

CIO Briefing

NSF Tech Leader Aims for a Data-Savvy, Innovation-Focused Workforce

Dorothy Aronson, the National Science Foundation’s dual-hatted chief information officer and chief data officer, discusses her role in shaping the data literacy of the agency’s workforce.

Cybersecurity

ODNI Plans to Share More About Cyber Threats Under New Counterintelligence Strategy

The strategy requires the intelligence community to think of the private sector as consumers of its threat information.

Data

The Census Already Started in Alaska. Native Translators Are Working to Prevent Undercount Repeat.

Across the country, tribal and non-English speaking communities are creating guidance and messages in a variety of languages to encourage Census 2020 participation.

Data

Future of Federal Data Strategy Will Include Informing Citizens About How Their Data Is Used

As agencies share more data between departments, the administration will develop a framework and tools for citizens to manage how their personal information is used.

Emerging Tech

The Defense Department Wants to Use the Atmosphere as a Sensor

Defense researchers suspect that the atmosphere could help detect impending disturbances.

Emerging Tech

FCC Approves $20 Billion Rural Broadband Funding Plan

While proponents heralded the fund as a major step to close the "rural digital divide," Democrats on the commission warned that many areas that need internet won't get help.

CIO Briefing

2020 IT Spending Outlook

The contracts and spending trends that will shape the next year of government contracting.

Emerging Tech

GSA Official: Agencies Should Build Testing Data and Environments Specifically for AI

Unless agencies start thinking differently, the security process will continue to stand in the way of new companies getting access to the real-world data required to develop artificial intelligence and machine learning tools.