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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.
Emerging Tech

Lawmakers Want Data to Decide the Future of America’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

New legislation would launch a $10 million grant program to set the scene for what’s to come on the EV-use landscape. 

Emerging Tech

Pentagon Teams with Howard University to Steer Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence

The work will hone in on military-centered machine learning application development, research into trustworthy AI tech—and could help boost DOD’s talent pipeline.

Emerging Tech

How Two U.S. Military Bases Are Exploring 5G’s Potential

Defense Department-led pursuits of next-generation connectivity will hone in on survivability, security, and innovation.

Emerging Tech

VA Moves to Expand Its 5G Experimentation 

One of the agency’s senior innovators shed light on what’s to come—and how existing 5G pursuits have paid off in the pandemic. 

CIO Briefing

Lawmakers Want to Know Why a Controversial Immigration Figure Was Appointed to a High-Level NIST Job

The pair asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for details about the creation of a deputy undersecretary position and why Congress was not informed. 

Emerging Tech

Where America Rates in the Latest Leading Supercomputer Rankings

Major supercomputing players—both old and new—made it onto the latest Top500 list.

Emerging Tech

COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium Shifts Focus to Patient Outcomes

In its second phase, the supercomputing group will prioritize projects that offer to help coronavirus patients in the near future.

Emerging Tech

NASA, FAA Make Moves to Offer Some Staff App-Based Personalized, Professional Coaching 

The agencies are set to tap into BetterUp’s mobile platform, which uses AI algorithms to match employees with the right coaches for their needs.

Cybersecurity

Transportation IG to Examine Security of Financial Systems Dispersing CARES Act Funds

A new audit will hone in on the security controls of systems being used at the Federal Transportation Department. 

Emerging Tech

VA Turns to Machine Learning to Automate Prescription Workflows

One of the agency’s senior innovation-focused officials also shed light on how additive manufacturing might disrupt modern health care.

Cybersecurity

Justice Department Makes Largest Cryptocurrency Seizure to Date 

Bitcoins valued at more than $1 billion were traced back to a hacker who took them from the notorious criminal marketplace, Silk Road.

CIO Briefing

Top Tech Companies Begin Pushing Priorities for Biden Administration

Microsoft, IBM and other companies urged the president-elect to consider policies for boosting workforce development, solving the pandemic and addressing biometrics in surveillance.

Emerging Tech

Army Considers Facial Recognition to Monitor Children in Its Care

The branch aims to pilot video surveillance and machine learning algorithms to see how they can help keep an eye on kids’ well-being in its child development centers.

Emerging Tech

Air Force Turns to Machine Learning to Fight COVID-19 Disinformation

Just as the technology can be used to help deliberately spread falsities online, it can also be tapped to stop that spread.

Emerging Tech

NASA Planning New Ways to Show the World Its Future Moon Missions

The space agency wants virtual reality and other emerging tech to help share its story of lunar exploration.

Emerging Tech

VA Makes Moves to 3D Print and Produce Medical Devices In-House

A newly unveiled effort will expand collaboration that was sparked by COVID-19.

Emerging Tech

Energy Wants Software Sophisticated Enough to Run on Exascale Supercomputers

The agency is offering up to $32 million for open-source chemical sciences-centered codes.