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Kirsten Errick

Staff Reporter, Nextgov

Kirsten Errick
Kirsten Errick is a technology reporter for Nextgov, where she covers GSA, tech workforce, automation and space tech. She is also working towards her master’s in journalism at Georgetown University. Kirsten received her B.A. in communication from Villanova University.
Emerging Tech

Treasury Looks for New Tech to Prove Physical Money is Legit

The counterfeit detection methods could include both device assisted and non-device assisted features.

News

Justice 'Hacked the Hackers' of Hive Ransomware, Stopping $130M in Demands

It took national and international cooperation to thwart the group, who targeted more than 1,500 victims.

Emerging Tech

Legislators Renew Efforts to Protect Consumers from an Eavesdropping Fridge

The reintroduced bill asks the Federal Trade Commission to establish disclosure guidelines for smart devices and appliances that consumers would not expect to be recording them.

Cybersecurity

OPM Previews Its New Cyber Workforce Dashboard

The dashboard will launch after the agency has determined what data to make publicly available.

CXO Briefing

Microsoft Office 365 Now Available to Customers at Secret Classification

Microsoft’s productivity suite is now available at a more secure classification level.

Emerging Tech

NIST Looks to Improve Recruitment with Augmented Writing Software

The agency will use the platform to center diversity, equity and inclusion in its hiring efforts.

Cybersecurity

NOAA Looks to Industry Support to Boost its Cybersecurity Efforts

The agency is looking for a contractor to provide 24/7 support to detect and monitor cybersecurity threats.

Policy

Former Presidential Innovation Fellow Stresses the Program’s Importance for Tech Recruitment

Current VA CTO Charles Worthington noted that PIF and other programs offer an important avenue for technologists to serve the public, while the government is looking to attract top talent.

News

Tech Gig Workers Love the Flexibility, Report Finds

As the government looks to fill tech positions, it could consider offering some of the benefits that workers like about freelancing, such as flexibility and remote work.

Emerging Tech

NASA, USGS Seek Info for Landsat Next Ground Station

The ground station will house mission control, the ground network and other capabilities to support Landsat Next.

Policy

NASA Needs Better International Cooperation Framework for Artemis Missions, IG Says

The watchdog made 10 recommendations to the agency to improve international collaboration and help reduce costs.

Emerging Tech

AI Research Task Force Votes to Send Final Report to Congress, President

The task force’s report details a plan for the AI research resource initiative, including governance, funding, security and ethics on issues like AI bias.

Policy

US and UK Hold First Comprehensive Dialogue on Technology and Data

The nations identified items around data; critical and emerging technologies; and secure and resilient digital infrastructure to address in 2023.

Policy

FCC Votes to Approve New Space Bureau

The new bureau comes from a reorganization of the International Bureau and will help the agency regulate satellites and other related efforts.

Cybersecurity

NSF Awards $29M in New CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Grants

The funding will go to nine universities in 2023 to support building the next generation of cyber professionals.

Emerging Tech

‘Very Realistic’ That Humans Will be on Mars in 20 Years, NASA Official Says

Under the Artemis program, the agency will use lunar missions to prepare for further exploration to Mars.

Emerging Tech

DHS Calls for Counter-Drone Information to Help Fight Threats

The request for information will help the Department of Homeland Security learn about industry capabilities for counter-unmanned aircraft systems.

Data

Data from NASA’s Space-Based Tech Used to Spot CO2 Emission Sources

Observations from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 and 3 missions were used to pinpoint carbon dioxide emissions from one coal power plant.

News

NASA Names Longtime Aerospace Industry Expert as New Chief Technologist

With prior experience from companies like Blue Origin, A.C. Charania will take on the agencywide role to spearhead technology innovation.

Policy

NIST Seeks Input on Governance of the National Semiconductor Technology Center

The agency is looking for responses on policy and governance frameworks for the center, which was created as part of the CHIPS Act.