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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.
Data

State Department Harnesses Data to Help Bring Americans Home Safely During the Pandemic

The agency turned to data-focused teams and products to help decision-makers prioritize options.

Podcasts

Critical Update: National Labs Pivoted to Help Fight COVID-19. Here's How.

Federal insiders offer a glimpse of how the global health care crisis sparked a new wave of multi-sector collaboration.

Emerging Tech

CMS Produces ‘Employee Roll Call Bot’ to Account for Workforce Amid Telework

Teleworking can make it tough for agencies to keep a pulse on their personnel, but bots can help.

Data

NIH Explores New Digital Health Solutions to Trace and Fight COVID-19

Two of the agency’s institutes seek new technical tools and data to inform re-entry risks.

Data

House Bills Seek to Stop Political Ad Microtargeting

A pair of bills seek to limit how political campaigns can use data to reach voters.

Emerging Tech

DARPA Funds Earthworm-Inspired Soft Robot to Rapidly Dig Military Tunnels 

As part of the Underminer program, General Electric’s innovation arm is perfecting a soft robot to boost battlefield operations.

IT Modernization

Federal CIO Sheds Light on What Agencies Are Learning in COVID-19 Response

U.S. tech chief Suzette Kent detailed how COVID-19 response efforts offer agencies a new vantage point into their past operations.

Emerging Tech

Federal Researchers Create 'Second Skin' to Shield Against Biological Threats

The material shields wearers from chemical and biological agents and could pave the way to smart uniforms for troops and first responders.

Emerging Tech

Argonne Gets New Supercomputing Cluster to Power Further COVID-19 Vaccine and Drug Research  

The national laboratory received NVIDIA nodes to boost performance as researchers work on new methods of testing, treating and monitoring coronavirus patients.

Policy

Senators Unveil Bill to Force Airlines to Provide Cash Back for Pandemic-Driven Flight Cancellations

If passed, the bill would also make cash reimbursements retroactive, enabling refunds for existing vouchers that date back to March 1.

Emerging Tech

Agencies Lean Into Automation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Robotic process automation is accelerating across the National Institutes of Health, Internal Revenue Service and Housing and Urban Development Department.

Emerging Tech

USPTO Adds Company to $50M Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Contract

General Dynamics Information Technology joins at least 12 companies on the Patent and Trademark Office’s future-facing blanket purchase agreement.

Data

Pentagon Task Force Turns to Data to Shape COVID-19 Response

The group aims to determine potential risks to the Defense Department and mission readiness through quality data and models. 

Emerging Tech

VA Exploring Options for a Grand Challenge to Prevent Suicide

The agency is looking for a contractor to help run a possible multi-phase competition, including outreach and potentially raising private-sector funds for the prizes. 

Emerging Tech

National Lab Scientists Work to Reprogram Genes to Fight COVID-19

Using CRISPR, Sandia National Lab researchers are genetically engineering antiviral countermeasures to fight the coronavirus—and potentially future outbreaks.