Emerging Tech

Departed GSA Executive Returns to Run Technology Service on Temporary Detail

The former executive director of the Centers of Excellence program is returning to GSA less than a month after leaving for another agency.

Report: Agencies Should Turn to AI Before Disaster Strikes

But government agency-led applications have much room for improvement.

China is Dumping Fiber Optic Cables in the Global Market, Commerce Official Says

The cables are key to the development of fifth-generation networks, and therefore a matter of national security for the Trump administration.

Walter Reed Scientists Use Artificial Intelligence to Screen Drugs to Potentially Treat COVID-19

The Experimental Therapeutics Branch accelerated its research by turning to machine learning, AI and high-performance computing.

VA Wants to Automate Digitization of its 5-Mile-High Electronic Health Record Backlog

Veterans Affairs is looking to robotic process automation to help digitize its backlog and integrate with the new electronic health record platform.

NIST Aims to Tap Twitter API Data to Boost Public Emergency Response

Tweets hold valuable insights amid natural disasters, which the agency aims to leverage.

Inside the U.S.-Led COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium

Nextgov heard from members and researchers about how the effort is panning out.

$12 Billion Intelligence IT Contract Out for Bid

Proposals for the Defense Intelligence Agency’s SITE III contract are due Aug. 21.

Filter Protects Against Deepfake Photos and Videos

Researchers have created an algorithm that generates an adversarial attack against facial manipulation systems in order to corrupt and render useless attempted deepfakes.

NOAA Aligns Cloud and Data Strategies With Administration Priorities

The new strategies meld with three existing science and technology-focused documents, as well as incorporating priorities from the White House’s cloud and data policies.

Facial Recognition Is Here But We Have No Laws

Without legal safeguards, this technology will undermine democratic values and fundamental rights.

FBI Opens a New China-Related Counterintelligence Investigation Every 10 Hours, Director Says

China is ramping up illegal activity to subvert the U.S. during the pandemic, according to FBI Director Chris Wray.

Experts Break Down GSA’s Abrupt Cancellation of $15B Small Business IT GWAC

Four federal contracting experts joined Nextgov to discuss what happened with Alliant 2 Small Business, what’s next for the family of contracts and what this means for GSA’s suite of small business vehicles.

DevSecOps: The Benefits of a More Dynamic DOD

Leveraging unclassified resources for the development of code to be run in a classified manner has many tangible advantages.

GSA Opens Bids for Largest Governmentwide Small Business Contract to Date

The final request for proposals is out for GSA’s IT services-focused 8(a) STARS III contract, which will have a ceiling of $50 billion.

After Years In Limbo, GSA Cancels $15B Governmentwide IT Contract

The agency rescinded awards on the Alliant 2 Small Business last year, then canceled the solicitation altogether.

CBP’s Outgoing Biometrics Lead on Law Enforcement Use of Facial Recognition

Law enforcement should be careful using facial recognition in public spaces. But with the right applications, authorities and transparency, federal programs could serve a lot of good.