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Kirsten Errick

Tech 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.
Cybersecurity

Nuclear Weapon Development and Manufacturing Needs More Cybersecurity, Watchdog Says

The National Nuclear Security Administration, its contractors and subcontractors need to take cyber steps, according to a new report.

Emerging Tech

Planned Next-Gen Satellites Can Help Address Extreme Weather Challenges, Officials Say

A Wednesday hearing explored the capabilities of the new GeoXO satellites to provide better data for weather forecasting and modeling.

IT Modernization

Collaborative Tools Are More Needed Than Performance Tech in Remote Work, Study Says

According to the study, current tools focus on productivity, but there needs to be a transition for the government to also focus on collaboration.

Emerging Tech

GSA to Study Demographic Equity in Remote Identity Tech

The agency plans to test the accuracy of tools like facial recognition software across different demographic groups. 

Policy

Interior’s Body Camera Policy is not Finalized Despite Years of Use, Watchdog Says

Not all Department of Interior bureaus using body cameras have finalized and implemented their policies, which often were not in compliance with the agency’s overall policy or standards.

Emerging Tech

GSA Examines How to Bring 'Federal Buying Power' to Supercharge Solar Panel Market

The agency’s request for information will help it develop a procurement strategy, including a standard for future solicitations.

IT Modernization

Federal IT Modernization Fund’s Financial Needs Draw Lawmaker Scrutiny

Federal CIO Clare Martorana said that the government should be operating on the “most modern technology available.”

Data

White House Looks to Government and Community Data Collaboration to Promote Equity

The public has until Oct. 3 to comment on several questions related to this endeavor.

News

NASA, FCC Address Growing Issue of Orbital Debris

The agencies are respectively funding research to study this issue and proposing new rules to reduce debris in space.

Emerging Tech

NIH Injects $130M to Provide Quality Tools, Data for AI in Medicine

The funding comes from the National Institutes of Health’s Bridge2AI program to advance AI research, as well as ethical tools and standards.

News

SpaceX’s Starlink Petitions 'Grossly Unfair' Denial of $885M in Broadband Funding

The Federal Communications Commission rejected the bid, citing concerns that Starlink would not be able to meet the required speeds, which Starlink has since refuted.

News

Former Government Scientist Named Inaugural Director of New Health Innovation Agency

Dr. Renee Wegrzyn will lead the new agency––the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health––aimed at advancing biomedical innovation.

Emerging Tech

NASA Needs to Improve Artemis Mission Guidance, Watchdog Says

The report found that NASA is following scheduling intended for individual programs, rather than full-blown missions.

Data

FTC Debates Whether Data Privacy Concerns Warrant Market Wide Rules

A Thursday hearing on the matter featured both industry and consumer advocate perspectives on the best regulatory approach.

Data

GSA Should be Sharing Government Office Utilization Data, Watchdog Says

The data can help other government agencies plan how much workspace is needed in a post-pandemic world.

News

NOAA Adds Microsoft to Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Initiative

As part of the initiative, Microsoft will help inform users about extreme weather events using its AI-driven forecasting. 

Cybersecurity

GSA Seeks Info on Automated and Expert Tools to Analyze Application Security

The agency requested details on the tools available to address weaknesses in the applications and testing process, in an effort to boost security measures.

CXO Briefing

Nvidia, AMD Caught in the Middle of US-China Tech Battle

The federal government added a new license requirement barring selling artificial intelligence chips to China and Russia to address potential national security concerns.

Emerging Tech

U.S. Semiconductor Production Will Rely on Improved Measurement Science, NIST Reports

Metrology—the science of measurement and its applications—will influence the quality and reliability of electronics as they get smaller and smaller.

News

NASA Awards SpaceX $1.4B for Five More Missions

The addition brings SpaceX’s total contract value to more than $4.9 billion.