CIO Briefing

Bill Would Ban Federal Contractors From Asking About Criminal History Early in Job Application Process

Legislation would codify delaying when federal hiring officials inquire about candidates’ criminal records, and apply the requirement to contractors as well.

Emerging Tech

Hurd: Congress Must Make Sure Artificial Intelligence Maintains Western Values

Lawmakers need to pave the way for AI by encouraging widespread 5G adoption, Rep. Will Hurd said.

CIO Briefing

House Lawmakers Join Push for Federal Contractor Back Pay

After a push from senators, 48 House members urged the House Appropriations Committee to include back pay for federal contractors in funding legislation.

CIO Briefing

DOD Needs To Decide Exactly What the CMO’s Authorities Are

The chief management officer was designed to be a powerful position to reform the Defense Department but has yet to get its footing.

Emerging Tech

Facial Recognition Bill Would Ban Companies From Sharing Your Face Without Consent

A bipartisan bill introduced this week would strengthen consumer protections around facial recognition technology.

Policy

Lawmakers Want to Protect Security Clearances from Politics

A bill introduced in the Senate would prevent federal leaders from revoking clearances as “retaliation for political activities.”

IT Modernization

Proposed Rule Would Force Health Care Providers to Share Records Electronically

For millions of Americans, accessing their health records is an onerous task. A new rule could change that.

Emerging Tech

Silicon Valley Mayor to Feds: ‘Get Out of the Way’ of Innovation

The federal government could do more to promote innovation at the state and local levels by doing less, according to San Jose’s mayor.

Data

Labor Department Creates Chief Data Officer Position

In addition to a CDO, the agency will establish a data board—both in accordance with the OPEN Government Data Act.

CIO Briefing

The Hot New Thing in Dockless Electric Scooters: Docks

Cities are desperate to tame the sidewalk chaos of the e-scooter industry. As companies weigh dock options, one startup offers a solar-powered solution.

Policy

Transparency Groups Sue Health and Human Services Over Website Changes

Sunlight Foundation launches a new portal to centralize monitoring of Trump "censorship."

Cybersecurity

China’s Cyber Prowess is Shaping How the Pentagon Buys

It's imperative for security to coincide with modernization, a Defense Department acquisition official said.

Cybersecurity

CISA Cyber Chief Warns Political Candidates 'Everybody's a Potential Target'

There’s no telling what races online adversaries might try to sway, says Assistant Director for Cybersecurity Jeanette Manfra.

CIO Briefing

Nine Major Agency Reform Proposals in Trump's 2020 Budget

Hiring surges, eliminated offices and more in the White House's latest budget blueprint.

CIO Briefing

Here’s What We Know About the Pentagon’s 2020 Budget Request

Money to extend border barriers and lavish use of the war fund are already drawing bipartisan fire.

Cybersecurity

Trump’s 2020 Budget Requests About $11 Billion For Cyber Defense and Operations

The president’s budget proposal asks for more than $9.6 billion for Defense Department cyber operations and just over $1 billion for civilian cybersecurity efforts.

Emerging Tech

Government Needs An ‘Ethical Framework’ to Tackle Emerging Technology

At SXSW, a beacon of technology idealism, mayors discuss how to deal with the difficult problems that can come with new tech.