Data

How Some Agencies Are Rethinking Transparency

It’s not just about posting products for the public, it’s about sharing how an agency got there, federal officials said.

IT Modernization

OMB Updates Data Center Optimization Initiative

The new policy bans agencies from budgeting resources toward new or expanded agency-owned data centers without permission from the Office of Management and Budget.

Policy

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge on State Code Copyrights

Georgia holds a copyright for its annotated state code, which sells for $404, and sued to block a website from distributing free copies of the document.

Policy

White House Wants to Know How Tech Can Help Prevent Veteran Suicides

The Office of Science and Technology Policy is asking for the public to weigh in on its veteran suicide prevention strategy.

Emerging Tech

Artificial Intelligence is Too Dumb to Fully Police Online Extremism, Experts Say

Algorithms excel at routine tasks, but understanding a post’s context requires a human touch, former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos told lawmakers.

CIO Briefing

Federal Employees Suing OPM Score Win in Lawsuit Over Data Hacks

Appeals court overrules district-level finding, says federal employee unions have standing to sue.

Data

Job Density Is Increasing in Superstar Cities and Sprawling in Others

A study finds job density increased in the U.S. over a 10-year period. But four cities: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle, accounted for most of it.

Emerging Tech

Survey: Many Americans Support Facial Recognition in Airports

Though some think it’s invasive, a new survey suggests attitudes about the emerging tech might be improving.

Data

America is Aging and Growing More Diverse, Census Data Shows

“More than four out of every five counties were older in 2018 than in 2010," said one Census Bureau official about new population estimates.

IT Modernization

DHS to Move Biometric Data on Hundreds of Millions of People to Amazon Cloud

The department seeks a new platform to identify people using fingerprints, irises and faces, and eventually DNA, palm prints, scars and tattoos.

Ideas

How Federal Agencies Can Move Innovation Forward

There’s hard work ahead to truly capture the full potential of artificial intelligence.

Emerging Tech

The ‘Platform’ Excuse Is Dying

For years, tech companies have relied on a rhetorical sleight of hand. It’s not working anymore.

Emerging Tech

Survey: U.S. Air Travelers Approve of Biometric Identification

A large majority of respondents said they are willing to give up their biometric data—when they perceive a security benefit.

Data

Using Data to Predict Coastal Flood Risk

A new online tool compiles NOAA water-level data and storm forecasts to help coastal residents prepare for floods.

Cybersecurity

Senators Want to Know If CMS Paid China-Linked Companies for Genetic Testing

Sens. Marco Rubio and Chuck Grassley want more information on how the agency is protecting Americans’ genomic data from foreign entities.

Cybersecurity

CBP Says Thousands of Traveler Photos Stolen in ‘Malicious Cyber-Attack’

The breach happened at one of the agency’s subcontractors and didn’t involve any data collected under its facial recognition program, officials said.

CIO Briefing

GSA Seeks Industry Feedback in Schedules Consolidation Effort

The agency wants buyers and sellers to weigh in as it works to modernize the Schedules process.