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House Committee Investigates Whether Officials Misled Congress on OPM-GSA Merger

A recent watchdog group report cited notes from a phone call indicating the Trump administration was advised that the merger plan was illegal, an account that is at odds with what OPM officials testified before Congress last year.

House Subcommittee Again Takes Aim at Amazon over Ring Surveillance

The subcommittee wants assurances from Amazon that its Ring doorbell camera isn’t being misused by law enforcement.

New Legislation Would Increase Oversight Over Agency Relocations

Measure would require federal officials to conduct detailed cost-benefit analyses and provide them to inspectors general and the public for review before undertaking any effort to move federal agencies.

China and AI: What the World Can Learn and What It Should Be Wary of

The world needs to engage seriously with China’s AI development and take a closer look at what’s really going on.

Artificial Intelligence Systems Will Need to Have Certification, CISA Official Says

A process for vetting algorithms and their input data is needed to build confidence in the tech but is still very far off.

To Find Success, Practice a Strategic Mindset

Strategic behaviors translate into faster task performance.

OMB Official: We Need More Cross-Agency Collaboration Tools

Mass teleworking due to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital government, including a lack of communication options for interagency collaboration.

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.

Amid COVID-19, Government Seeks Virtual Summer Interns

Virtual internships with the government are a possibility for students.

House Committee Leader Wants Oversight of Pentagon’s Handling of Banned Chinese Gear

One observer says prospects look dim for contractors requesting an extension on compliance with provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act.

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.

DHS, NSA Conclude Pilot of Automated Mobile App Security Vetting Tool

While the program still has a ways to go, the team says it now has a way to automate mobile app security testing.

Critical Update: How Veterans Shaped a Coronavirus Chatbot 

Chief Technology Officer Charles Worthington discusses how the agency rolled out new digital tools to help respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Senators Introduce Deepfake-Focused Amendment to Defense Authorization Act

The Deepfake Report Act would require the Homeland Security Department to study the threats posed by manipulated and synthetic media—including text. 

NASA Watchdog Reports on Why the Agency Still Struggles with Cybersecurity

Almost half of the controls in an overarching shared system were assessed as deficient.