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Mila Jasper

Mila Jasper
Mila Jasper is an editorial fellow at Nextgov. She is interested in covering national security, defense and technology issues. A DMV native, Mila has returned to the area to report after graduating from Northwestern University.
Data

Senators Urge Investigation After CPB Admits to Warrantless Cell Phone Surveillance

Customs and Border Protection, part of the Department of Homeland Security, told senators it uses a commercial database to conduct warrantless tracking of people inside the United States.

Data

OMB Official Says Evidence Act Implementation Guidance May Come in Early 2021

Two Office of Management and Budget officials discussed the guidance at the first meeting of the Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building.

Cybersecurity

Pentagon Still Hammering Out Acquisition Strategies Needed to Enable DevSecOps, Officials Say

The Defense Department needs to educate its workforce on what DevSecOps means for them, the Pentagon’s Katie Arrington said.

Data

DOD’s New Data Strategy ‘Critical to Our National Security,’ DDS Chief Says

Brett Goldstein, director of the Defense Digital Service, talked about how to make innovative projects reusable and sustainable for broad use across the Pentagon.  

Emerging Tech

Report: Establish CTOs in Every National Security Agency

A Center for American Progress report outlines what the next administration should do to improve foreign policy and national security in its first 100 days.

IT Modernization

Most Federal Workers Expect to Telework at Least Three Days per Week in the Future, Survey Says

But securing and managing the information technology that enables work from home is a top challenge during the pandemic, respondents indicated.

Emerging Tech

DHS Biometrics Proposal Represents ‘Unacceptable Escalation of Government Surveillance,’ Senators Say

Five senators sent a letter urging the Homeland Security Department to abandon a proposal to expand its biometrics program.

CIO Briefing

DISA’s Enterprise Identity Management Solution Targeted for Testing with Pilot Apps in January

The new enterprise identity, credential, and access management solution will support a shift to a zero trust architecture, Defense Information Systems Agency officials said .

Policy

CBP Launches Website to Promote Transparency Around Biometric Travel Program

Privacy advocates say they still want better privacy protections for the agency's Entry-Exit program.

Emerging Tech

AI Commission Recommends Powerful CTOs to Prep for Great Power Competition

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence offers 66 recommendations for out-innovating China.

Data

OMB Behind Schedule on Open Data Initiatives, GAO Says

The Office of Management and Budget missed the deadline for issuing governmentwide guidance for complying with the OPEN Government Data Act and is behind on reporting on agencies’ progress.

Emerging Tech

National Security AI Commission at Odds Over U.S. Response to Malign AI

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence voted on quarter three recommendations in what was likely its last public meeting for 2020

Data

DOD Unveils First Enterprisewide Data Strategy

The new data strategy will be a key component supporting the Defense Department’s digital modernization effort, officials say.

IT Modernization

IRS Leader Defends Agency’s Stimulus Check Performance

Lawmakers questioned whether lagging IT modernization efforts caused delays or missing financial relief payments for some Americans.

Emerging Tech

Lawmakers Outline How the Government Can Make AI Development Equitable

The federal government could open up its own research data to train systems and offer grants for educational opportunities to support artificial intelligence research.  

IT Modernization

Lawmakers See Equity-Enhancing Future for Telehealth Beyond Pandemic

Reps. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., view telehealth services as a key tool to promote equity in health care post-pandemic

Data

EEOC Turns to Predictive Analytics to Understand How Pandemic Affects Employment Discrimination

The capability shows that the commission should expect an increase in the number of discrimination charges in the next six to 12 months due to the economic downturn, the agency’s chief data officer said.

Emerging Tech

Congressional Report Spotlights AI, Emerging Technologies as Future of National Security

The House Armed Services Committee’s Future of Defense Task Force released its final report advocating for a revolution in how the U.S. approaches national security. 

Data

COVID-19 Exposes Need to Modernize U.S. Public Health Data System, Experts Say 

Federal agencies should develop clear standards for data sharing on cross-cutting issues in order to understand the pandemic better.