Emerging Tech

Report: Government Needs Investment, Cooperation on AI

A report commissioned by industry and government AI leaders highlights national security challenges around artificial intelligence.

CIO Briefing

Defense Secretary Says to Expect ‘Trimming, Reducing, Some Eliminations’ in 2021 Budget

Esper touts "good progress" in high-level review intended to cut fat and find funds for projects to counter China and Russia.

Cybersecurity

Election Commission Needs More Authority In Face of 2020 Threats, Report Finds

“The federal government regulates colored pencils . . . more strictly than it does America’s election infrastructure,” the nonpartisan Brennan Center notes.

IT Modernization

Can CBP Stand Up an Electronic Health Records System in 90 Days?

Lawmakers eager to see Customs and Border Protection digitize its health care system are pushing a bill that would give the agency three months to go from paper to electronic records.

Cybersecurity

House Committee to Hold Hearing on the Online Exploitation of Veterans

A veteran, a scientist and representatives from Facebook and Twitter are all set to testify.

Policy

Federal Lawmakers Push '.Gov' Web Addresses For Local Governments

A new U.S. Senate bill comes amid concerns that online criminals can “spoof” the public with fake government websites.

Cybersecurity

DISA Official: ‘No One Knows’ How Cyber Standards Will Impact Contractor Pool

Many small businesses might find themselves excluded from the Pentagon’s most sensitive tech projects under the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification.

Cybersecurity

A Plan to Engage Hackers in Election Security

The Information Technology-Information Sharing and Analysis Center wants to create a coordinated vulnerability disclosure program that could alert vendors about security flaws in their voting systems.

Ideas

The Zero-Day War? How Cyber is Reshaping the Future of the Most Combustible Conflicts

Recent history has shown that states often use their offensive cyber arsenals to achieve surprisingly de-escalatory effects.

Ideas

Twitter Is Banning Political Ads – But the Real Battle for Democracy Is with Facebook and Google

Twitter’s political ad ban will have little effect on elections around the globe.

Data

Border Agents Can Now Get Classified Intelligence Information. Experts Call That Dangerous.

The Trump administration is creating a center that will give immigration agents access to information from U.S. intelligence agencies. Migrants and others denied entry will be unable to see the evidence against them because it is classified.

CIO Briefing

Trump Revokes Obama Order That Had Limited Hiring Options for Some Contractors

Contracting experts had been critical of the lack of flexibility for managers under a rule requiring certain companies to hire employees from their predecessors. 

Cybersecurity

Interior Grounds All Drones With Ties to Chinese Companies

The decision comes months after agency officials approved purchases of aircraft built by the Chinese firm SZ DJI Technology. 

Cybersecurity

Civilian Vendor Cybersecurity Certification Would Look Very Different From DOD

A civilian counterpart to the Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification would need to suit the varying missions across government, according to federal deputy CIO Margie Graves.

CIO Briefing

Social Security Ends Telework Program for 12,000 Employees

Workers in all of the Social Security Administration’s operations components have less than two weeks to find alternate arrangements.

Emerging Tech

Artificial Intelligence Will Still Need Training in the Field, Deputy Defense CIO Says

The Office of the CIO and Joint AI Center are focused on getting AI deployed throughout the military, which will require some significant culture change.

Data

The ACCC Is Suing Google over Tracking Users. Here's Why It Matters.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission follows regulators in countries including the U.S. and Germany in taking action against the way “tech giants” harvest and exploit their users’ data.