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China’s lead on some aspects of AI doesn’t mean it’s ahead ‘overall,’ NSCAI says

Maybe China isn't ahead of the U.S. in the development and adoption of artificial intelligence, as some say. According to Eric Schmidt, chairman of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, the U.S. retains strategic advantages over China when it comes to the global competition for AI superiority. However, it is “fairly apparent,” Schmidt said, that China is ahead in two areas — facial recognition surveillance and financial technology. But, he went on, “this does not mean that they’re ahead … overall.” The commission issued its interim report to Congress on Monday, and it expressed confidence that the U.S. is “up to the challenge” of continued AI innovation leadership. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has more.


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Department of Energy closely watching DOD’s JEDI implementation

With the Pentagon's award of JEDI, there will be an apparent ripple effect around government that will impact the Department of Defense's partners. One of those, the Department of Energy, is closely watching the Pentagon’s JEDI implementation to see how it may change the way the two interact when sharing information. Karen Evans, assistant secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER), said that because the two departments work closely together on cybersecurity of the nation’s critical energy infrastructure, DOE "will be right there with you, just a little bit behind, lessons learned from how you guys are doing stuff." Billy Mitchell has the story.


DISA looks to expand DevSecOps to its infrastructure

DISA hosted its annual Forecast to Industry conference Monday, showcasing the mostly nuts-and-bolts systems and network engineering and sustainment work the agency needs helps with in 2020 to support the DOD mission. Part of that, however, was a highlight of the emerging technologies priorities the agency will focus on over the next year. One of those will be DevSecOps, according to Steve Wallace, head of DISA’s Emerging Technology Directorate. Particularly, DISA is looking to expand its DevSecOps approach beyond just software development and into IT infrastructure. Billy explains DISA's DevSecOps evolution.


Who is actually chief data officer at HHS?

Last week we learned that HHS currently has two people claiming to chief data officer, creating confusion about who actually holds the legally required CDO role. Mona Siddiqui has held the title of CDO within the Office of the Chief Technology Officer since 2017, but department CIO Jose Arrieta is now calling himself the acting CIO. We're still trying to sort this one out. But it appears to all stem back to the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, signed into law in January, which requires that all CFO Act agencies appoint a nonpolitical CDO. The law is vague and doesn’t lay out specific requirements for where a CDO should sit within an agency, creating ambiguous scenarios like the one at HHS. More on the confusion at HHS.


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