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Brandi Vincent

Staff Correspondent, Nextgov

Brandi Vincent reports on emerging technology, security, and innovation. Prior to joining Nextgov, she helped create millennial-facing news content at Snapchat and generated 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.
Data

Senators Question DOJ’s Surveillance of Americans’ Cell Phone Location Records

Lawmakers want the attorney general to explain how the collection of cellular location data has changed following a recent SCOTUS decision.

Cybersecurity

How the Energy Department is Prioritizing Secure Infrastructure

The budding Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response aims to deflect cyber, manmade and natural security hazards.

CIO Briefing

Lawmaker Wants VA to Explain a Software Tool USDS Flagged as Flawed

A ProPublica report exposed serious issues in a Veterans Affairs Department software tool.

Emerging Tech

Tech Giants Will Brief Lawmakers on the Spread of Terrorist Content Online

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft will be asked about how the New Zealand shooter’s video spread so quickly.

Emerging Tech

White House Launches AI.gov

All of the federal government’s initiatives and resources around artificial intelligence can be accessed under one top-level domain.

Emerging Tech

Energy Aims to Launch America’s First Exascale Supercomputer by 2021

Insiders say the first-of-its-kind machine will accelerate innovation and discovery across the health, defense and climate sectors—and beyond.

Cybersecurity

House VA Committee Looks into Trolls Targeting Veterans Groups

Someone’s spreading misinformation to veterans and their families and Congress wants to know who.

Emerging Tech

Hurd: Congress Must Make Sure Artificial Intelligence Maintains Western Values

Lawmakers need to pave the way for AI by encouraging widespread 5G adoption, Rep. Will Hurd said.

Data

Agencies Can Do Better by Collecting Data with Purpose

There’s a difference between having data and having useful data, federal officials said.

CIO Briefing

Miscategorized Tech Jobs May Hinder Agency Efforts to Fill Critical Vacancies

The Government Accountability Office found agencies assigned a non-IT code to more than 15,000 IT positions.

IT Modernization

GSA Chief: Leadership Must Protect Workforce to Drive Innovation

Things can go wrong when employees are taking risks. That's where senior officials step up, GSA’s Emily Murphy said.

Cybersecurity

China’s Cyber Prowess is Shaping How the Pentagon Buys

It's imperative for security to coincide with modernization, a Defense Department acquisition official said.

Emerging Tech

DARPA Wants Tools to Reimagine Underground Worlds in 3D

The agency is looking for commercial tech to map subterranean environments.

Cybersecurity

Phone Scammers Are Impersonating the Social Security Administration, Too

The Federal Trade Commission warns that even if a call doesn’t seem like a scam, it probably is.

IT Modernization

Want to Work with Air Force’s Kessel Run? Better Move Fast.

The experimental lab is looking for partners to supply “the best software developers in the world.”

Emerging Tech

Here's What One Tech Titan Thinks a National AI Strategy Should Be

A feasible national AI strategy will foster innovation, create new employment opportunities, and remove murky policy barriers, Intel said.

Cybersecurity

Survey: RSA Attendees Plan to Spend More on Mobile Security in the Coming Year

Most employees access corporate data on mobile devices through public Wi-Fi networks, according to a new survey.

CIO Briefing

GAO Flags VA Buying, Security Clearance Process as High Risk

“We keep finding the same problems over and over,” GAO Comptroller General Gene Dodaro told lawmakers.