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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

Pentagon Launches Coronavirus Mythbuster Site

The Defense Department created a web portal to fact-check bad information circulating about the coronavirus and the military’s response.

Emerging Tech

Summer Space Program Considers Shift to Virtual Version Due to Coronavirus

The SETI Institute is rethinking how to host its competitive summer program for accelerating space research.

Emerging Tech

Argonne Taps Supercomputing Network to Study How Coronavirus Spreads 

The national laboratory enlisted collaborators to help unleash a range of efforts in the fight against COVID-19.

CIO Briefing

Space Agency Launches ‘NASA at Home’ to Engage Those in Coronavirus Confinement

Resources include do-it-yourself activities, live virtual chats with astronauts and officials, formal lesson plans, an augmented reality app and more.

Emerging Tech

FDA, NIH, VA Partner to Accelerate 3D-Printed Protective Gear for COVID-19 Response

The pandemic-driven outcomes could demonstrate what strategic interagency efforts around emerging technology can catalyze in rapid timeframes.

IT Modernization

CMS Further Expands Telehealth Services for Medicare Recipients

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid will temporarily expand telehealth options, including for new patients and audio-only appointments.

IT Modernization

Lawmaker Pushes CMS to Include Telehealth Services Through Telephone

Medicare recipients must use video-conferencing for remote visits with care providers.

CIO Briefing

Georgia Man Charged for Operating Fraudulent COVID-19 Testing Scheme

Federal prosecutors said the alleged scheme involved billing Medicare for reimbursable medical tests regardless of whether they were medically necessary. 

Emerging Tech

Air Force Seeks Partnerships to Produce Space Innovations and Base of the Future

The anticipated challenges aim to spur innovations in space technology and produce a base of the future.

CIO Briefing

DHS Makes a Master List of Knowns and Unknowns of COVID-19 Outbreak

The agency developed the master question list as a reference for government decision-makers.

Emerging Tech

White House Releases National Strategy for 5G Security

The strategy focuses on four lines of effort and will guide how the government approaches 5G for the near future.

CIO Briefing

Defense Secretary Says Teleworking Could Last Months

During a virtual town hall, Mark Esper warned employees to be vigilant for phishing attempts and practice good cyber hygiene.

Emerging Tech

CDC Launches COVID-19 Bot to Help You Decide If You Need to See a Doctor

The Coronavirus Self-Checker, a Microsoft-powered health care tool, was built to alleviate some of the initial screening strains health care providers are experiencing.

Emerging Tech

Pentagon Seeks Pitches for 5G-Enabled Virtual Reality Projects

The Defense Department released the third of four requests for 5G prototypes to test at military bases.

Policy

Attorney General Prioritizes Prosecuting COVID-19 Scammers

William Barr directed federal attorneys to go after people behind phony cures and phishing schemes.