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01/10/2020
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Principles for automated vehicles

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao outlined the administration's first set of governmentwide automated vehicle (AV) principles to guide agencies in coordinating research, integrating the technology and avoiding burdensome regulations. Chao unveiled the 10 principles Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show 2020 in Las Vegas, highlighting how federal agencies can coordinate efforts, promote efficient markets and protect users. The new framework "unifies AV efforts across 38 different federal agencies and departments and independent agencies and commissions and executive offices of the president. You get the drift,” Chao said. “This document and set of guidelines recognizes the value of private-sector leadership in AV research, development and integration. This kind of innovation requires appropriate government oversight to ensure safety, open markets, strategic allocation of public resources, and of course protection of the public interest.” Dave Nyczepir has more.


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Ginnie Mae modernization on the way

The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a $127 million contract recently to support the modernization of its Government National Mortgage Association, better known as Ginnie Mae. The five-year blanket purchase agreement was issued to Accenture Federal Services, CGI, KPMG and Deloitte. The goal of the new BPA is to help Ginnie Mae modernize the software it uses to help lenders find mortgages for home buyers. The update also aims to improve user experience with the government mortgage lender. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has the story.


Federal prisons want tech to takedown contraband cellphones

Federal prisons have a cellphone problem. Though they've developed methods for stopping contraband cellphones from getting in, they now need help catching the wireless devices that make it past the screening process. The Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Office of Technology issued a request for information Wednesday for tech that can “automatically detect, locate, monitor and interrupt, block or eliminate all band frequencies concurrently” in cellular and wireless Wi-Fi and Bluetooth bands. The goal is to find and stop all contraband wireless devices at once and only within prison confines. See what federal prisons are searching for.


What's new at the Defense Digital Service?

FedScoop's Let's Talk About IT podcast is back in 2020 with a fresh episode featuring new Defense Digital Service Director Brett Goldstein. During the conversation, he gives a candid look into his transition as the leader of DDS at the Department of Defense, how he’s fared leading a startup-like organization within one of the biggest bureaucracies in the world, and what he’s eyeing in 2020. Listen to the new episode.


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