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Alexandra Kelley

Staff Correspondent

Alexandra Kelley reports on emerging technology for Nextgov. Her most recent post was covering breaking news for The Hill where she focused on a variety of quantitative subjects, including Big Tech and the economy, in addition to covering the coronavirus pandemic since late 2019. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2017.
Emerging Tech

VA Aims To Reduce Administrative Tasks With AI, Machine Learning

A wide-reaching program looks for fresh machine learning technology to complete menial procedures and tasks, allowing VA clinicians and partners to focus on care.

Emerging Tech

Report: Government Inaction on 6G Risks Ceding More Tech Ground to China

A new report makes the national security case for overseas talent and increased research and development for a 6G infrastructure.

Emerging Tech

House Lawmakers Look to Leverage Increased Telework Benefits in Federal Recruitment

Representatives on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform want to attract the next generation of civil servants with telework options and stronger internship programs.

Cybersecurity

Russian National Sentenced to Five Years For Aiding Malware Hacking

Aleksandr Grichishkin, 34, pleaded guilty to providing a server allowing cybercriminals temporary use of IP addresses to bypass security measures and exploit financial data.

Emerging Tech

VA Revitalizes Plan For EHR System Rollout

Officials implemented new positions to help streamline and coordinate EHR system implementations following an arduous initial deployment.

Emerging Tech

Ambitious Agency Modernization Efforts Demand Leadership Involvement

A panel of federal IT leaders said communication and training are also among the paramount requirements for successful digital transformations within federal agencies.

Emerging Tech

Sixth Member of International Hacking Community Sentenced in SIM Card Scheme

In response to the growing number of SIM hijacking incidents, federal law enforcement is cracking down on perpetrators.

CIO Briefing

FTC Investigating Major Retailers Over Supply Chain Backlog

The Federal Trade Commission requested data from nine large U.S. retailers to gauge causes of supply chain bottlenecks and rising prices.

CIO Briefing

Report: U.S. Workforce Falling Behind Competitors in Digital Skills

Experts advocate better school curriculums and tax breaks for reskilling existing workforces.

Emerging Tech

FAA Warns Of Holiday Laser-Light Display Dangers To Pilots

2021 broke records for the highest number of annual laser strikes, which can incapacitate pilots and endanger aircraft passengers.

CIO Briefing

Report Highlights 3 Ways to Successfully Reskill Employees

The report looked at tech training case studies to investigate the most critical elements in digitally transforming federal workplaces.

Emerging Tech

Homeland Security Looking For Ideas on AI, Biological Surveillance

The Department of Homeland Security released a pre-solicitation for several innovative development projects.

CIO Briefing

GAO: Cultivating a Data-Centric Culture Can Help Recruit, Retain a Digitally-Savvy Workforce

A survey chronicles the steps federal agencies need to take to improve their workforce to be equipped for technological modernization.

IT Modernization

Public Health Admins Are Prioritizing Interoperability with EHR Modernization

Federal agencies using electronic health records systems are hoping standardizing EHR interfaces will lead to greater cross-departmental and patient access.

Cybersecurity

Iranian Nationals Charged with Election Interference

The Justice Department identified two hackers as conspirators in cyberattacks aimed at spreading voter intimidation and election disinformation. 

Cybersecurity

Report: 20% of Defense Contractors at Risk for Ransomware Attack

The report measured the cybersecurity protocols undertaken by top defense contractors.

CIO Briefing

Commerce Opens Bidding For $1.5B IT Modernization Contract

The department is accepting proposals for its CATTS Enterprise Tech Contact.

Cybersecurity

Most Employees Want Stronger Enforcement of Cybersecurity Protocols in the Workplace, Survey Finds

Two-thirds of respondents found National Institute of Standards and Technology guidelines to be “extremely” or “very” valuable.

Cybersecurity

Senators Urge Better Cyber Protection For K-12 Schools

A recent Government Accountability Office report dove into how virtual classrooms are increasing vulnerability to ransomware and other cyber threats.

Cybersecurity

NIST Seeks Feedback on Cybersecurity Labels for Software

The effort aims to create a user-friendly label to educate consumers about their purchases.