Ideas

Nearly 3 in 4 US Moms Were in the Workforce Before the COVID-19 Pandemic – Is that Changing?

The ability to telework makes it at least feasible to keep an eye on children on weekdays.

Ideas

Digital Contact Tracing's Mixed Record Abroad Spells Trouble for US Efforts to Rein in COVID-19

Initial enthusiasm for digital contact tracing was sparked by early successes in countries such as South Korea.

Ideas

Rethinking the Workplace Through and Beyond COVID-19

Managers can adapt their offices to support safe reopening while achieving longer-term goals.

Ideas

It's Time to Learn How to Smile in a Your Mask

Cultural differences may explain why some people resist face coverings more than others

Ideas

Group Testing for Coronavirus – Called Pooled Testing – Could Be the Fastest and Cheapest Way to Increase Screening Nationwide

Pooled testing has long been used to test large asymptomatic populations for disease.

IT Modernization

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The agency rescinded awards on the Alliant 2 Small Business last year, then canceled the solicitation altogether.

Cybersecurity

CISA Stands to Gain Powers Under Both Versions of the Defense Authorization Bill

An amendment on the Senate-side bill would grant the agency subpoena power over internet service providers.

CIO Briefing

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.

CIO Briefing

House Committee Investigates Whether Officials Misled Congress on OPM-GSA Merger

A recent watchdog group report cited notes from a phone call indicating the Trump administration was advised that the merger plan was illegal, an account that is at odds with what OPM officials testified before Congress last year.

Emerging Tech

House Subcommittee Again Takes Aim at Amazon over Ring Surveillance

The subcommittee wants assurances from Amazon that its Ring doorbell camera isn’t being misused by law enforcement.

Data

You Can Aid COVID-19 Research with Folding@Home

The project relies on the combined processing power of volunteers’ home computers to perform the billions of calculations required to simulate how proteins move.

CIO Briefing

New Legislation Would Increase Oversight Over Agency Relocations

Measure would require federal officials to conduct detailed cost-benefit analyses and provide them to inspectors general and the public for review before undertaking any effort to move federal agencies.

Ideas

China and AI: What the World Can Learn and What It Should Be Wary of

The world needs to engage seriously with China’s AI development and take a closer look at what’s really going on.

Cybersecurity

Artificial Intelligence Systems Will Need to Have Certification, CISA Official Says

A process for vetting algorithms and their input data is needed to build confidence in the tech but is still very far off.

Ideas

To Find Success, Practice a Strategic Mindset

Strategic behaviors translate into faster task performance.

CIO Briefing

OMB Official: We Need More Cross-Agency Collaboration Tools

Mass teleworking due to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital government, including a lack of communication options for interagency collaboration.

Policy

Senate Passes Bill to End Payments to Dead People

The bill follows an audit that found the IRS sent $1.4 billion in stimulus checks to deceased individuals.