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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

What the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Revealing to Federal Chief Data Officers

While some agencies have yet to reveal a chief data officer, others are spinning up new teams, tools and projects to address the global health crisis.

Podcasts

Critical Update: How Veterans Shaped a Coronavirus Chatbot 

Chief Technology Officer Charles Worthington discusses how the agency rolled out new digital tools to help respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Emerging Tech

Senators Introduce Deepfake-Focused Amendment to Defense Authorization Act

The Deepfake Report Act would require the Homeland Security Department to study the threats posed by manipulated and synthetic media—including text. 

IT Modernization

GSA Selects Three Companies for E-Marketplace Pilot

Amazon Business, Fisher Scientific and Overstock.com will test out the new approach.

Data

Space Satellite Data Reveals the Pandemic’s Effects on Earth

A new dashboard—created by NASA and international partners—enables users to see changes in air and water quality, greenhouse gases, city nightlights, economic indicators and agricultural production.

Emerging Tech

How DHS Is Using Multicookers and Predictive Calculators Against the Coronavirus

The agency’s Science and Tech Directorate continues to focus its efforts on pandemic-fighting experiments. 

Emerging Tech

5G-Focused Legislation Aims to Improve Security in Military Telecom Infrastructure

The DoD 5G Act would direct the launch of a Defense Secretary-led telecommunications security program.

Emerging Tech

Air Force Awards Anchore Phase II Contract to Advance DevSecOps

The company aims to further develop technology to scan containers for malware and viruses.

Emerging Tech

NIH Partners with Israeli Startup to Generate Synthetic COVID-19 Data

The ultimate aim is to garner new, evidence-based insights to support the fight against the novel coronavirus.

CIO Briefing

VA, CFPB Solicit Partners to Conduct Diversity-Focused Training

Several solicitations have been launched for inclusivity-centered services in recent weeks.

Data

NIH Unveils Centralized Resource for COVID-19 Patient Data

Insiders hope it will “serve as the foundation for addressing future public health emergencies.”

Emerging Tech

Energy Explores the Potential of an Artificial Intelligence Grand Challenge

The department’s new AI-focused office highlighted its intent to “push the frontiers” of AI development.

IT Modernization

FCC Proposes $225 Million Fine for Telemarketers Behind Massive Robocall Operation

The automated calls misled those who answered into thinking they were from major health insurance providers.

Emerging Tech

USPTO is Looking to Hire a Senior-Level Emerging Technology Expert

CIO Jamie Holcombe said the official will support efforts to scale artificial intelligence, robotic process automation and more.