CIO Briefing

A Small Perk at Lunch May Cut Depression at Work

Employers’ small gestures of kindness can have big impacts on employees’ health and work performance, researchers report.

9 Tips to Help Secure Every Federal Employee’s Mobile Device

Bad actors increasingly target smartphones and endpoint devices that are generally less protected than government computers.

Feds Look to Application Programming Interfaces as Gateways to Modernization

The technology can boost partnerships and lead to new solutions across federal agencies.

The Pentagon Needs to Make More Software Open Source, Watchdog Says

The White House in 2016 required every agency to make at least 20 percent of its custom software available for reuse across the government, but the Pentagon isn’t even halfway there, according to the Government Accountability Office.

OMB Finalizes Long-Awaited Update to Internet Connection Policy

But practitioners will have to wait a few months more for the final use cases on which the policy is based.

Device Offers a Way to Communicate During Disasters

A new tool called “Panacea’s Cloud” could give first responders a way to communicate during a natural or human-made disaster when devices such as cell phones may not work.

Inside Defense Digital Service’s User-Centered Approach

Designing with users—not for them—has been a key to the agency’s innovative success.

Census is Asking the Public to Help Fight Misinformation Ahead of 2020 

The bureau launched a website for dispelling common Census rumors and created a special email address where people can report misinformation and other malicious activities.

GAO Launches New Unit to Prepare Congress for the Future

The Center for Strategic Foresight held its first conference, focused on two problems closer to the present than the future: deep space and deepfakes.

Pentagon’s DEOS Contract Protested

The Government Accountability Office will make a decision on the protest by Dec. 18

Featured eBooks

Homeland Security Stands Up Transatlantic Aviation Roundtable

The new committee will address critical security issues that trouble the open skies.

Critical Update: How Hackers Get Stuck In HADES

For the fourth season of Critical Update, the Nextgov team is diving into the latest developments in cybersecurity, beginning with the world’s biggest honeypot.

State Attorneys General Launch Google Antitrust Probe

The investigation of Google’s advertising practices is the latest to target tech companies.

Study: More than Half of Americans Trust Law Enforcement to Use Facial Recognition Responsibly

Pew Research Center’s study is the latest to conclude Americans are growing more comfortable with having their faces scanned.

GEAR Center’s First Projects Focus on Government’s Perennial Workforce Issues 

The research center’s first challenge winners aim to fill government openings with alternative talent and beef up the workforce’s data skills.  

Why Dark Data is the New Shadow IT

But unlike shadow IT, dark data can be illuminating.