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09/28/2020
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Hurd hopes to pass AI strategy resolution in lame duck

Time is running out for Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., to pass their resolution to create a national artificial intelligence strategy passed. But Hurd said last week that he's eying the lame-duck session after the November election as the perfect time to move the resolution through. The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is handling the resolution, and its authors are currently “twisting arms” for more co-sponsors, Hurd said. “The other idea is to take those 80-plus recommendations and turn those into individual bills,” Hurd said. “Can we narrow them as much as possible? Because that makes them easier to pass.” Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.


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U.S., U.K. partner on AI

More news around AI: The U.S. and U.K. agreed on Friday to cooperate on the research and development of trustworthy artificial intelligence. The nations signed a declaration at the first meeting of the Special Relationship Economic Working Group, underscoring the U.S. effort to be the global leader in emerging technologies and contrast its use of AI with that of its biggest competitor, China. “America and our allies must lead the world in shaping the development of cutting-edge AI technologies and protecting against authoritarianism and repression,” said U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios, who signed the declaration on behalf of the Trump administration. Dave has this too.


TBM could be coming to the FITARA Scorecard

Federal officials hope that as the Office of Management and Budget unveils more data on agencies' use of the Technology Business Management framework, Congress will take this as a cue to add it as a measure on the biannual FITARA Scorecards. “At some point ... I can see TBM being used to refine the existing scorecard measures,” said Kevin Walsh, the Government Accountability Office‘s director of IT and cybersecurity. For David Shive, CIO of the General Services Administration, there's a natural parallel between TBM and the FITARA Scorecard. "It’s all about increasing transparency” for decision-makers, Shive said. More from Billy Mitchell.


Unnamed agency breached, CISA says

According to a Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency report, an unnamed federal agency was the victim of an attack using "sophisticated” malware to compromise its network and steal data. CISA‘s EINSTEIN intrusion detection system flagged the breach. The attacker used compromised credentials to implant malware that evaded the agency’s security software and gained persistent access by exploiting firewall weaknesses. More from the breach report.


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Remote workers could reduce federal IT skills deficit

A shortage of IT skills continues to handicap agencies as government competes for younger talent, according to new research from FedScoop and WorkScoop. Roughly half of the respondents said that a complicated hiring process and lack of focus around IT workforce planning are constraints to acquiring talent. Additionally, 8 in 10 leaders surveyed said they are moderately or highly concerned about being able to replenish their IT staff with a younger generation of talent trained on more modern tools. Learn more from the findings.


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