Ideas

NASA’s asteroid sample mission gave scientists around the world the rare opportunity to study an artificial meteor

While very small meteoroids are common, larger ones – bigger than a dishwasher – are not.

Congress needs to rethink its approach to tech policy

COMMENTARY | The spider's web of congressional committee jurisdiction creates problems when it comes to technologies like artificial intelligence and quantum computing.

Is the government losing $500M a year in cloud savings?

COMMENTARY | Multiyear discounts enjoyed by commercial cloud customers aren't reaching the government because of federal spending laws.

Managing a high-performance IT workforce

COMMENTARY | Public sector leaders must adapt their workforce management strategies to keep pace with technological advancements and market shifts.

Strategies for sustainable, low-carbon federal data centers

COMMENTARY | Reducing emissions and energy consumption will allow agencies to model best practices for allied nations while future-proofing infrastructure against exponential data demands.

Why it's past time to modernize the FITARA scorecard

COMMENTARY | Another reset is needed to keep the FITARA scorecard relevant in driving IT management best practices across federal agencies

Overcoming technical debt and accelerating modernization

COMMENTARY | High performance in IT requires an ability to adapt, preparing the organization to seize future opportunities and tackle upcoming challenges efficiently.

How government outreach can combat election disinformation

COMMENTARY | We need a solution in which messages are non-partisan, easily accessible and easy to understand.

Collaboration is essential for safe and secure AI deployments

COMMENTARY | Congress, federal agencies and industry need to work together to develop artificial intelligence governance models that address cybersecurity, safety and bias issues.

A bittersweet birthday party for the Office of Federal Procurement Policy

Steve Kelman worries that the Biden administration is steering federal buyers away from best-value goals.

New IRS statistics demonstrate Direct File is costly and redundant

COMMENTARY | Rather than spending millions of dollars on an unproven, unnecessary and costly program, the IRS should redirect its resources towards bolstering Free File, a no-cost private alternative.

An innovator at DHS

Steve Kelman spotlights digital transformation expert Scott Simpson of the Procurement Innovation Lab at the Department of Homeland Security

Resilience by design

COMMENTARY | How federal agencies can achieve cyber resilience via a data-centric security approach.

Uncovering the next wave of COVID-19 relief fraud through AI

COMMENTARY | Many agencies are increasingly relying on AI to uncover fraudulent activities, and the emerging technology could hold the key to help recoup billions of dollars siphoned off from the federal government in pandemic relief scams.

Modernizing secure code for the public sector

COMMENTARY | Refactoring legacy applications into modern programming languages yields not only memory-safe applications but typically produces smaller code bases, notably faster runtimes and increased scalability.

Federal agencies need to rethink culture in the fight against ransomware

COMMENTARY | Focusing efforts on risk management isn't about checking boxes – it's about building and changing agency culture.

Why SD-WAN is the future of government networks

COMMENTARY | The revolution in IT workloads requires flexible, adaptable networking solutions.