Digital Government

Labor Department experiments with AI in unemployment systems

The agency plans to use the current “calm” in unemployment claims to better prepare for the next storm.

Senate bill proposes a public website for federal waterway data

New legislation from Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Angus King, I-Maine, would direct the Commerce Department to make “geographic information system data” on federal waterways available on a public website.

Senators look to harden the unemployment system for the next crisis

The White House-backed framework for forthcoming unemployment insurance legislation will retool the way states go after fraud and allows for for oversight of federal investments in UI systems and technology.

House and Senate panels advance bills targeting federal tech

Bipartisan bills focused on government service delivery, contracting, custom code and more have recently been advanced out of committee.

National Archives tees up new rules for UFO records

New legislation mandates a governmentwide repository of records dealing with "unidentified anomalous phenomena."

Vet centers need better systems, data to enhance support services

Watchdog officials warned lawmakers that the community-based counseling centers for returning veterans use a platform for identifying those at high risk of suicide that is “neither effectively nor consistently utilized.”

Agencies contend with new metrics, another missing hearing for FITARA 17.0

Cracks are showing in the usual, bipartisan buy-in for oversight on FITARA progress.

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Interior Department taps first-ever chief digital experience officer from OMB

Andy Lewandowski, who has been a digital experience advisor to the federal CIO for over two years, is starting a new gig at the Department of Interior.

OMB wants public input on privacy impact assessments

A forthcoming request for information includes questions about how agencies procure data about Americans from commercial sources.

IRS gears up to launch Direct File pilot

The pilot will only be available on a limited basis to certain taxpayers.

IRS launches push to clean up its communications

Simplification of notices sent to taxpayers is one of the tax agency’s lines of work under the Inflation Reduction Act.

Enhanced analytics can make tech export controls more effective, experts say

Export controls designed to limit Beijing’s access to sensitive U.S. technologies can be strengthened further if officials leverage AI and data science to identify gaps and weaknesses.

VA’s compliance with accessibility requirements still lacking, watchdog says

The Department of Veterans Affairs “did not effectively manage website accessibility to ensure Section 508 compliance,” according to an audit conducted by the department’s Office of Inspector General.

Senators call for Transportation to offer ‘accessible, mobile-friendly’ service animal form

Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., called the paperwork that disabled Americans need to complete before traveling with their service animals “poorly designed and needlessly difficult to complete.”

Bureau of Prisons would issue IDs to released inmates under new bill

The bipartisan proposal would also require BOP to set up a system where ID cards issued by the bureau could be traded for state IDs.

IRS has ‘unconscionable delays’ in helping identity theft victims, taxpayer advocate says

The average wait time for taxpayers trying to resolve fraudulent returns, coupled with legitimate filers being mistakenly flagged as fraudulent, has become a top challenge for the IRS, according to a new report.

Education Dept. debuts simpler online financial aid form, but users face a restricted rollout

The redesigned form features as few as 18 questions instead of potentially more than 100.