IT Modernization

Indian Health Service Seeks Input on Modernization Plan

The agency’s current IT work is guided by a strategic planning document that dates back to 2016.

CIO Briefing

DOD Launches ‘Speed Dating App’ Connecting Vetted Capital With Tech Companies

The digital marketplace for the Defense Department’s Trusted Capital initiative went live shortly before the holidays.

Data

Synthetic Data Engine to Support NIH’s COVID-19 Research-Driving Effort

It’s all part of a new partnership the agency is embarking on with Syntegra, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Emerging Tech

GSA Awards $800M Contract to Support Internal Use of Emerging Tech

While the General Services Administration usually works on helping other agencies buy emerging technologies, the new DIGIT contract looks to support internal modernization efforts.

Ideas

Americans Have Unrealistic Expectations for a COVID-19 Vaccine

Americans are most likely to intend to vaccinate when a vaccine is made in the U.S., administered in a single dose, over 90% effective and carrying a less than 1 in 100 chance of experiencing minor side effects.

Ideas

Monkeys Stick with Stuff that Isn't Working Too

In humans, this is called the “sunk costs” phenomenon.

Ideas

Consumer Electronics Have Changed a Lot in 20 Years—Systems for Managing E-Waste Aren't Keeping Up

Some innovations that are slimming down the e-waste stream are also making products harder to repair and recycle.

Cybersecurity

Biden Team Snatches NSA Cyber Chief for White House Role 

Anne Neuberger aimed to share more information about cybersecurity vulnerabilities with the public.

Cybersecurity

It's Harder to Boot Right-Wing Extremists from Social Media Than ISIS

There are various reasons why. But studies suggest it’s still worth the effort.

Ideas

How the Biden Administration Can Restore Trust in Government

Governments can use technology to meet people where they are, serve people better in their real lives, and make successes visible to demonstrate the value of effective governing.

CIO Briefing

SBA Relaunches COVID Loan Program As Watchdog Warns About Possible Fraud 

The recent COVID relief package included funding for a third round of the program, which has come under much scrutiny. 

Cybersecurity

Counter Intelligence Chief Calls for Zero-Trust Software Supply Chain Policy

The official also said there’s a need for the fusion of responsibilities assigned to a trilogy of government agencies.

CIO Briefing

FBI Opens 160 Cases on Capitol Riot with More Expected

The bureau is combing through more than 100,000 pieces of digital media and expects to open more cases for a range of crimes including murder, sedition and theft of national security information.

Cybersecurity

GSA to Remove Almost All Drones from Contract Offerings Over China Concerns

By Feb. 1, all but five unmanned aerial vehicles will be removed from the General Services Administration’s offerings.

Emerging Tech

White House Launches ‘Central Hub’ for Artificial Intelligence Research and Policymaking

The establishment of the new office is in accordance with the recently passed defense authorization act.

Ideas

What The CES All Digital Show Says About the Future

Even in a virtual format, CES offered quite a few interesting nuggets that might hint at future government technology.