Ideas

I Won’t Buy My Teenagers Smartphones

Denying a teen a smartphone in 2019 is a tough decision, and one that requires an organized and impenetrable defense.

Emerging Tech

Interior Expects to More Than Triple Drone Flights by 2025

Unmanned aircraft offer the department a cheaper, faster and safer way to conduct operations across 500 million acres of federal lands.

CIO Briefing

Rep. Will Hurd Highlights Plans For Final 14 Months in Congress

The Texas congressman laid out his priorities with humor and passion at a summit in Washington this week.

CIO Briefing

GSA Seeks to Simplify Citizen Survey Work for High-Impact Agencies

GSA will usher certain agencies through Paperwork Reduction Act regulations to meet the administration's customer experience goals.

IT Modernization

GSA Answers 105 Questions About Transition From DUNS To Unique IDs

By the end of next year, all organizations working with the government will have a new identifier. This major shift has generated some questions, which GSA is trying to answer.

CIO Briefing

A Small Perk at Lunch May Cut Depression at Work

Employers’ small gestures of kindness can have big impacts on employees’ health and work performance, researchers report.

Emerging Tech

How Silicon Valley Maintains its Competitive Edge

Historian Margaret O’Mara talks about her new book The Code and how Silicon Valley has maintained its competitive edge in high tech.

Ideas

9 Tips to Help Secure Every Federal Employee’s Mobile Device

Bad actors increasingly target smartphones and endpoint devices that are generally less protected than government computers.

Policy

Lawmaker Threatens to Give the Next Attack Plane to the Army

Tired of USAF slow-rolling, Rep. Michael Waltz has already spearheaded legislation allowing SOCOM to seek light attack aircraft.

IT Modernization

Feds Look to Application Programming Interfaces as Gateways to Modernization

The technology can boost partnerships and lead to new solutions across federal agencies.

IT Modernization

GSA Awards First Task Orders Under $2.5 Billion Payroll Modernization Contract

Under the orders, Carahsoft Technology Corporation and Grant Thornton will roll out commercial payroll systems that would be available for all civilian agencies.

Data

The Pentagon Needs to Make More Software Open Source, Watchdog Says

The White House in 2016 required every agency to make at least 20 percent of its custom software available for reuse across the government, but the Pentagon isn’t even halfway there, according to the Government Accountability Office.

CIO Briefing

OMB Finalizes Long-Awaited Update to Internet Connection Policy

But practitioners will have to wait a few months more for the final use cases on which the policy is based.

Emerging Tech

Device Offers a Way to Communicate During Disasters

A new tool called “Panacea’s Cloud” could give first responders a way to communicate during a natural or human-made disaster when devices such as cell phones may not work.

IT Modernization

Inside Defense Digital Service’s User-Centered Approach

Designing with users—not for them—has been a key to the agency’s innovative success.

Data

Census is Asking the Public to Help Fight Misinformation Ahead of 2020 

The bureau launched a website for dispelling common Census rumors and created a special email address where people can report misinformation and other malicious activities.

Emerging Tech

GAO Launches New Unit to Prepare Congress for the Future

The Center for Strategic Foresight held its first conference, focused on two problems closer to the present than the future: deep space and deepfakes.

Ideas

In the Deepfake Era, Counterterrorism Is Harder

After failing to detect the 9/11 plot, spy agencies reinvented themselves for an age of terrorism, but a new generation of technological threats requires a new round of reforms.

IT Modernization

Pentagon’s DEOS Contract Protested

The Government Accountability Office will make a decision on the protest by Dec. 18

Cybersecurity

Homeland Security Stands Up Transatlantic Aviation Roundtable

The new committee will address critical security issues that trouble the open skies.