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Brandi Vincent

Staff Correspondent

Brandi Vincent
Brandi Vincent reports on the federal government's use of and policies for emerging technologies—including but not limited to supercomputing, artificial intelligence, biometrics, and the internet of things. Before joining Nextgov, Brandi helped create news for millennials at Snapchat and mixed media at NBC News. She grew up in south Louisiana and received a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland.
Cybersecurity

Senators Question Traffic Safety Agency About Cyber Dangers Posed by Internet-Connected Cars

Sens. Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal want to know why investors have been made more aware of the potential cyber risks than the general public.

IT Modernization

Agencies May Not Meet EIS Deadline, But Future Extensions Aren’t in Sight

GSA’s Office of Telecommunication Services director offered an update on the contract vehicle’s progress.

Emerging Tech

Pilots, Bias Important Considerations Ahead of Deploying AI

Cloud technology makes piloting artificial intelligence efforts easier than ever, but hard decisions around bias need to be confronted.

Emerging Tech

CDC Needs Better Tools To Track Sickness, Symptoms In Wake Of Nuclear Disasters

If a nuclear device detonated, the resource CDC wants would support state and local health departments’ ability to respond.

Emerging Tech

VA Seeks to Train Staff to Use 3D Printing to Personalize Care for Patients

The agency is actively engaging stakeholders to create new opportunities for training and innovation.

IT Modernization

New App from VA Streamlines Veterans’ Resources to Enhance Their Care

The ultimate goal is to eliminate the barriers vets face in retrieving the information they need most.

Emerging Tech

DISA, HHS Brainstorming Behavioral-Based Identity Pilot

The end goal would be a device that recognizes the user based on hundreds of behaviors.

Policy

Federal Ban on Chinese Telecom Equipment Takes Effect

Contracting officers will have new disclosure provisions to include in contracts issued after Aug. 13.

Emerging Tech

Nuclear Security Agency Turns to $600M Supercomputer for Weapons Readiness and Advancements

Cray will build El Capitan, an exascale high-performance supercomputer, to manage the nation’s nuclear stockpile.

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Emerging Tech

Tech Startup Brings Diabetic Ulcer Solution to Veterans Affairs Clinics

The Podimetrics SmartMat helps veterans detect the condition and highlights the power of public-private collaboration.

Emerging Tech

Air Force and Oak Ridge Get Supercomputer for Better Weather Forecasts

The $25 million contract will provide a system that supports the military’s complex weather prediction workloads.

Data

GAO Wants Tech to Shed Light on the Commercial Offices It Rents

The agency is inviting interested small business vendors to submit a quote by early September.

Policy

Lawmakers Summon 8chan Owner to Testify Before Congress

The congressmen want to know how the platform is working to help stop the spread of extremist content online.

IT Modernization

FHFA Wants an App to Guide Employees During Emergencies

The housing finance agency aims to streamline its protocols into one intuitive smartphone app.

Cybersecurity

CISA Recommends Three-Pronged Approach for Mobile Security

Part of that is taking on the mindset of your potential attacker, an agency official said.

IT Modernization

NASA’s Moon Plans Rely Heavily on Mobile Tech

CIO Renee Wynn weighed in on how America’s space agency embraces mobility.

Emerging Tech

FDA Seeks Virtual Heart to Test Medical Devices

The agency is looking for a computational model of a whole human heart for simulated device testing.