The Latest Updates on Technology and the Business of Government

NASA, FCC Address Growing Issue of Orbital Debris

The agencies are respectively funding research to study this issue and proposing new rules to reduce debris in space.

OMB: New Acquisition Rule Coming for Vendors to Vouch for Their Software Security

Agencies are also allowed to accept to-do lists from vendors who need to keep working up to a point where they can self-attest their compliance with NIST guidance.

Lawmakers Ask National Archives to Certify Whether Trump Returned All Presidential Records

A Congressional committee expressed concern that former President Donald Trump may still possess presidential records at non-secure locations.

Whistleblower Explains How Twitter Easily Skirted FTC’s Data Security Enforcement

The former public official—and legendary hacker’s—decision to expose what he described as a disastrous security environment at the company has prompted an unlikely alliance in Congress.

NIH Injects $130M to Provide Quality Tools, Data for AI in Medicine

The funding comes from the National Institutes of Health’s Bridge2AI program to advance AI research, as well as ethical tools and standards.

SpaceX’s Starlink Petitions 'Grossly Unfair' Denial of $885M in Broadband Funding

The Federal Communications Commission rejected the bid, citing concerns that Starlink would not be able to meet the required speeds, which Starlink has since refuted.

NIST, Google Announce Chip R&D Partnership

The public-private sector collaboration will make industry standard chips available to smaller research entities to encourage semiconductor manufacturing.

Former Government Scientist Named Inaugural Director of New Health Innovation Agency

Dr. Renee Wegrzyn will lead the new agency––the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health––aimed at advancing biomedical innovation.

U.S. Sanctions Iran—Under New Treasury Rules—for Attack on Albania

The new rules elaborate on what kinds of cyber activities warrant sanctions designation.

DHS Launches 'Largest Customer Experience Hiring Initiative’ with Hundreds of Technologist Positions

The agency’s recruitment initiative comes in response to President Joe Biden’s 2021 executive order seeking to streamline the “government-to-customer delivery process.”

More Than 1 in 3 Government Employees Haven’t Taken a Vacation in Last Year, Survey Says

Public sector employees cite the cost of taking time off as a key reason why they aren’t vacationing.

NOAA Adds Microsoft to Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Initiative

As part of the initiative, Microsoft will help inform users about extreme weather events using its AI-driven forecasting. 

Youth Technical and Social Media Education to Get $2 Million Under New HHS Program

The National Center of Excellence on Social Media and Mental Wellness aims to provide mental health support and education for young users.

New Transportation Dashboard Informs Travelers of Services Offered During Flight Disruptions

The airline customer service dashboard shows passengers the compensatory amenities offered by major U.S. airlines when flights are delayed or canceled.

NASA Awards SpaceX $1.4B for Five More Missions

The addition brings SpaceX’s total contract value to more than $4.9 billion.

FAA Awards $231,000 in STEM-Outreach Grants

The grants will help three universities with STEM outreach for underrepresented students in STEM and aviation.

Artemis I Launch Scrubbed Following Engine Issues

The soonest the next launch could occur is Friday, if the engine bleed issues are addressed.