Cybersecurity

Hackers Connected to China Have Compromised U.S. Government Systems, CISA says

Using publicly disclosed code and vulnerabilities, attackers appear to be winning a crucial race against defenders.

Emerging Tech

The Air Force’s ‘Connect Everything’ Project Just Had a Big Success

The simulated cruise missile intercept harnessed widely dispersed systems — all supervised by tablets in a flight-line hangar.

CIO Briefing

How and When GSA’s New Central Contracting Portal Will Lose the ‘Beta’

The next major transition to beta.SAM—the FPDS contract award data reporting tools—is coming next month, with the legacy SAM.gov next on deck.

Emerging Tech

USDA Makes New Move in Broad Effort to Bring Innovative Tech to America’s Farmers

The agriculture-focused agency wants public input on potentially disruptive, existing assets to consider.

CIO Briefing

Report: Government Employee Experience is Hindering Government Performance

But public sector organizations can take some easy steps to improve employee experience.

Ideas

It’s Time to Shore up the Universal Service Fund So It Can Live up to Its Name

Congress needs to create a solution that reflects how Americans actually use telecommunications services rather than how we once did.

CIO Briefing

GSA Provides Some Clarity on Section 889 Implementation

The General Services Administration emphasized the importance of outreach but declined to address questions around confusing language in Section 889.

Emerging Tech

How the Pentagon’s JAIC Says It’s Prioritizing Ethics In Its AI-Driven Pursuits

Joint Artificial Intelligence Center officials stay connected with stakeholders through an executive steering group and other working groups. 

IT Modernization

Library of Congress Touts New Enhancements, More to Come for Congress.gov

The central portal for legislative data—including bills, hearings and historic documents—has been getting a continual makeover since 2016, with a host of new improvements rolling out this year.

Emerging Tech

New Pentagon Initiative Aims to Help Allies, Contractors Work Together on AI

New tools are planned to help various militaries and defense companies cooperate and interoperate on artificial intelligence.

CIO Briefing

Pentagon Acquisition Chief Hints Section 889 Supply Chain Waiver May Be Extended

The Defense Department’s Undersecretary for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord spoke briefly about Section 889 Part B implementation Wednesday.

CIO Briefing

Help Find the Government’s Boldest Innovators  

Nominations are open for BOLD Gov 2020, a showcase for federal innovation.

CIO Briefing

Report Outlines How U.S. Could Counter Un-Democratic Uses of Surveillance Technology

The federal government should take steps to imbue surveillance technologies with individual freedoms protections citizens of democracies expect, the authors say.

IT Modernization

Pentagon Awards JEDI Cloud Contract to Microsoft for the Second Time

The decision follows a months-long legal challenge filed by Amazon Web Services.

CIO Briefing

Trump Administration Releases Draft Framework for the Ethical Use of Data

The draft Data Ethics Framework offers seven tenets for agencies to follow, complete with legal authorities, use cases and links to additional resources.

Cybersecurity

OMB Starts Clock on Agencies Implementing Policies to Welcome Public Security Research

CISA also released a binding operational directive and will start scanning government systems for the policies when time is up in six months.

CIO Briefing

‘Invest in Yourself,’ Female Federal CISOs Tell Women Seeking Cyber Jobs

Three female federal chief information security officers discussed how women can advance their careers in the cybersecurity field at a Wednesday webinar.

IT Modernization

Coast Guard Begins Deploying Pentagon’s New Electronic Health Records System

The service kicked off a deployment schedule that aims to have all land-based clinics using DOD’s MHS GENESIS by 2024.