Modernization

FDA's draft plan calls for AI, other emerging tech in modernization efforts

The Food and Drug Administration is accepting comments on its Data and Technology Strategic Plan, which outlines the agency’s goals to leverage AI in its analytical processes.

Modernization

TMF reboot looks to stabilize funding, increase transparency

The reauthorization of the Modernizing Government Technology Act is due for a committee markup on Wednesday.

Cybersecurity

Nation-state actors are exploiting AI for discord and attacks, DHS warns

The agency’s 2024 Homeland Threat Assessment notes that the “proliferation of accessible AI” could enable larger-scale cyberattacks against the U.S.

Digital Government

Shutdowns and the ‘avalanche of work’ for government tech shops

Even if a shutdown doesn’t happen, planning for one has a real cost, former government CIOs say.

Digital Government

State dives deep into data

The State Department is increasingly capitalizing on advances in data analytics to inform diplomacy and funding efforts.

People

Regulations aimed at derailing a Schedule F revival proposed by OPM

An effort to insulate the federal workforce from future efforts to strip them of their removal protections could accelerate an “existential” debate over the nonpartisan civil service system, experts said.

Ideas

NASA report finds no evidence that UFOs are extraterrestrial

COMMENTARY | NASA’s UAP study team and newly appointed director of UAP research represent growing efforts to study and declassify UFO-related data.

Artificial Intelligence

Congress’s week of AI

Tech titans, developers and executives descended on Capitol Hill this week for a series of meetings exploring crucial safeguards for AI research and development.

Artificial Intelligence

Agency leaders see data analytics and customer service uses for AI

Tech officials told lawmakers they are focused on a socio-technical approach to AI use cases in the government, saying it is not “one size fits all.”

Digital Government

Civic hackers explore ways to streamline government operations

Lawmakers and technologists united for a day of civic hacking on Capitol Hill as part of an effort to modernize government services and make government operations more efficient.

Artificial Intelligence

Guardrails in government AI purchasing are ‘more important than ever,’ senator says

“Right now, [contracting officers] are set up for failure,” when it comes to buying AI applications, one witness told lawmakers at a Senate hearing.

Artificial Intelligence

DHS creates new chief of AI and unveils safety policies

The Department of Homeland Security is advancing its use of artificial intelligence technologies with new leadership and guidance.

Modernization

VA's health record 'reset' will extend into 2024

There's one deployment of the new, multibillion dollar EHR on the books for next April and officials expect the rollouts to pick up in the summer.

Emerging Tech

Energy focused on emerging technology R&D to combat climate change

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm emphasized the agency’s goals in areas like fusion energy and AI in testimony before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Ideas

Why humans can’t trust AI

COMMENTARY | You don’t know how it works, what it’s going to do or whether it’ll serve your interests.

Digital Government

$212B in suspicious activity reports to FinCENin 2021 concerned identity, officials report

Industry experts tied improved federal identity efforts to better security in financial and other private sector industries.

Cybersecurity

New Pentagon cyber strategy emphasizes industry and global partnerships

A top Defense Department official described the private sector as “absolutely essential” in implementing the agency’s new cyber strategy.

Defense

Space Force needs more cyber operators for weapons systems, chief says

Protecting weapons platforms is a primary concern for Space Operations Command, says its vice commander.

Artificial Intelligence

Industry leaders urge Congress to enact responsible AI regulations

Some tech observers have suggested hitting pause on generative artificial intelligence development, but industry leaders told lawmakers that the tech could benefit from legislation that builds trust in AI.

Artificial Intelligence

Lawmakers grapple with AI’s potential as they consider future regulations

In a week packed with artificial intelligence hearings and events, lawmakers are focused on bipartisan unity and threading the needle between further advancement and regulation.

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