CIO Briefing

Trump Administration Appeals Block on Census Immigration Plan

Experts have been skeptical about the feasibility of the plan to identify people living here illegally.

Survey: More than Half the Tech Workforce Say Pandemic Hurting Career Progression

Networking opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic have been at a minimum, and it’s negatively impacting the private-sector workforce.

Artificial Intelligence Commission Pushes New Programs to Recruit Tech-Savvy Talent into DOD

Adopting emerging technologies will also need a top-down push and restructured leadership, according to National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence recommendations.

VA-Made ‘Smart Bandage’ Can Track Chronic Wounds—and Treat Them

The innovation also sparked a new startup to bring the technology to market.

Why Data Lakes Are More Powerful for the DOD than Commercial Industry

The ability to share information about fleets, weapons systems, supply chain and adversarial intelligence is too much of a draw to ignore the power of a data lake.

CISA Data Shows Federal Civilian Agencies Faster Than Industry at Patching

The nation’s risk adviser continues to expand its role in what it’s dubbed the year of vulnerability management.

FBI Fights Intellectual Property Theft from University Offices

Director Christopher Wray noted the importance of attribution in the bureau’s strategy amid growing difficulty investigating cyber crime.

Faked Videos Shore Up False Beliefs about Biden's Mental Health

These deceptively altered videos have become a major element of disinformation campaigns that wield falsehoods in an effort to sway voters.

Justice Wants to Add Facial Recognition to Marshals’ Smartphones

The service is looking for a software development kit to help it integrate biometrics tools with an app used to facilitate prisoner transfers.

Steering Committee Named for NIST’s Quantum-Focused, Public-Private Consortium 

The announcement also follows the group’s establishment of a new, more formal membership structure.

GAO: Majority of Agencies Use Connected Devices But Hurdles Remain

Agencies frequently run into cybersecurity questions and interoperability issues when implementing the internet of things.

Employers in D.C. Region Expect Some Remote Work Into Mid-2021, Survey Finds

About 60% of respondents anticipated less than a third of workers would return to the office by early September because of coronavirus risks. Some are planning for a portion of staff to still be working remotely even next summer.

Bill Would Prompt USDA Intelligence Office to Probe Foreign Threats to America’s Agriculture

The legislation comes amid reports of Americans receiving and planting unsolicited “mystery seeds” reportedly arriving from China.

Defense Innovation Board Adopts AI Testing, Digital Workforce Recruitment Resolutions

The board pushed the department to embrace remote work beyond the pandemic as a tool to attract more civilian talent. 

Justice Department Charges 5 Chinese Nationals with Hacking More than 100 Companies

Two Malaysian businessmen also were arrested in Malaysia and face extradition in related charges.

Calls for Investigations, Resignations Ramp Up Over Allegations of Political Interference at Federal Agencies

Democrats are probing potential improper political influence at several different agencies across government.

Interior IG Team Used Evil Twins and $200 Tech to Hack Department Wi-Fi Networks

A team of hackers was able to gain access to Interior networks using publicly available equipment, open source software and a backpack.