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Brandi Vincent

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Brandi Vincent
Brandi Vincent reports on emerging technology, security, and innovation. Before joining Nextgov, she helped create news for millennials at Snapchat and broadcast and digital media at NBC News. Brandi grew up in south Louisiana and received a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland.
Emerging Tech

How the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Ditching Hand-coding Data

Using some DIY-attitude and machine learning tools, BLS figured out how to automate 85% of its survey workload.

Emerging Tech

Senators Propose National 5G Strategy

The bipartisan bill would also fund removing Chinese equipment from existing networks.

Cybersecurity

NASA Official Credits DHS’ Cyber Tools with Transforming Its Cyber Stance

The space agency has a much better grip on its vast data since it has deployed Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation tech.

Emerging Tech

42 Countries Agree to International Principles for Artificial Intelligence

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released its global standards, which aim to ensure AI is designed to be robust, safe, fair and trustworthy.

Cybersecurity

Government Needs to Diversify Its Cyber Workforce

And experts told Congress that agencies will need to intentionally expand how and where it looks for talent.

IT Modernization

Federal Acquisition Service Corrects IT Reseller Price Issues

The agency inspector general said the service took “appropriate corrective actions” to address price variances on Schedules.

IT Modernization

Report: Government Wasted More Than $300B by Not Using Commercial Tech

Federal agencies should stop custom-building tech products and services, according to the Alliance for Digital Innovation.

Cybersecurity

Postal Service Warns of Fake Delivery Notices

Be cautious of attempted or intercepted package notices with links and attachments, the U.S. Postal Service’s inspector general said.

CIO Briefing

To Unleash a Modern Workforce, America Must Revamp Education

Federal leaders say the nation needs to pivot education towards tech-focused training in fields like robotics.

Cybersecurity

Trump Issues Executive Order Over Tech Threats from Foreign Adversaries

The president directed the Commerce Secretary to establish when transactions could put national security at risk.

IT Modernization

Many Americans Want to Join Civil Service Until It’s Time to Apply

A commission on public service wants to figure out what parts of the federal hiring process deter potential employees.

Emerging Tech

Senators Urge FCC Not to Use 24GHz Spectrum for 5G

Experts across government are concerned it will disrupt the future of weather forecasting.

Cybersecurity

Chemical Safety Board Needs to Consistently Follow Its Cyber Rules, Watchdog Says

Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General said the agency’s lack of defined policies makes it susceptible to security incidents.

Cybersecurity

Senate Bill Would Train Federal Buyers to Spot Counterintelligence Threats

The goal is to reduce the risks of adversaries gaining entry to agencies through their supply chains.

Data

Report: Dark Data Plagues Federal Organizations

Untapped data could unleash organizations’ AI pursuits—but many leaders don’t know where to begin.

Policy

Senators Call for FTC to Investigate Amazon’s Echo Dot for Kids

Lawmakers want to know how the devices are using and storing children’s personal information.

Emerging Tech

Adaptive Gaming Offers Disabled Veterans a New Way To Connect

A partnership between the Veterans Affairs Department and Microsoft is opening video games and esports up to vets with limited mobility.

Emerging Tech

Energy to Debut World’s Fastest Exascale Supercomputer by 2021

Valued at more than $600 million, the next-generation technology will drastically reduce the time it takes to make new discoveries.