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NASA is trying to figure out just how annoying drone noise is

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 days ago

The study found a "lack of parity" between how people respond to drone noise versus delivery truck noise.

18F is looking for crowdsourced penetration testing systems to hit login.gov

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 days ago

"The system is expected to be widely targeted by attackers," a GSA source sought notice says, and so 18F aims to identify pen-testers with proven ability.

Lawmaker pushes DHS to adopt secure email authentication protocol

by Billy Mitchell • 4 days ago

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security acting Deputy Undersecretary of Cybersecurity Jeanette Manfra urging for the adoption of Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance.

State Department’s Painter leaving

by FedScoop Staff • 4 days ago

The State Department’s lead cyber diplomat for the past six years, Chris Painter, is leaving at the end of this month.

GAO urges commercial motor agency to re-strategize its IT modernization

by Ryan Johnston • 5 days ago

A new GAO report found delayed IT modernization efforts at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

FTC aide Neil Alan Chilson appointed as agency’s acting chief technologist

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 5 days ago

Chilson was most recently an attorney advisor to the FTC chair.

Federal CIOs weigh in on why tech talent should go government

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 5 days ago

There's impact, excitement and the opportunity to give back, leaders said Tuesday.

USDS continues progress under Trump administration

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 5 days ago

Major milestones this year include the launch of code.mil, the Pentagon's foray into open source, the launch of login.gov and Hack the Air Force, an Air Force-specific spinoff of Hack the Pentagon.

MHS Genesis continues its test rollout to second pilot site

by Carten Cordell • 5 days ago

DHA officials said the electronic health records system is now operational at a medical facility servicing more than 20,000 outside of Seattle.

3 things to know about GSA’s proposed CDM SIN

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

GSA officials gave agencies more detail about its highly-anticipated new Special Item Number for the CDM program, set to debut this summer.

How CSRA sees the status of federal cloud adoption

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 6 days ago

Government adoption is in its "early innings," CSRA CTO Yogesh Khanna said Monday.

NOAA proposes $553M high performance computing contract

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

The agency reissued its presolicitation for the $553 million contract to service its High Performance Computing program.

Citizens express concern about election integrity commission’s data security, only to find their data published online

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

The unredacted comments published on Thursday include information like citizens' full names, email addresses, home addresses and phone numbers.

CDW-G wins $238M contract for 2020 census mobile testing and field operations

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

Verizon will serve as the subcontractor to provide wireless service under the contract, FedScoop has learned.

The government needs agile contracting officers too, DHS officials say

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

While agile development is driving innovation in the IT and government services realms, two DHS officials say it should stretch to the contracting office.

Commerce wants to move its cybersecurity to the cloud

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

The Department of Commerce is reaching out to industry stakeholders to find out how to move its cybersecurity operations to the cloud.

GSA’s telecom contract award ‘weeks’ away, Zielinski says

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

With the awarding of the GSA’s eagerly anticipated telecommunications contract on the horizon, officials want agencies to start planning for it now.

FITARA extensions added to House’s 2018 NDAA

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

Three provisions are set to sunset in late 2018 and 2019.

18F promotes internally for new leadership roles

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

Cyd Harrell announced she will now fill the newly created position of chief of staff, while Rebecca Piazza has been promoted to the agency's new deputy executive director.

Virtualization could improve government productivity by four hours per week

by FedScoop Staff • 1 week ago

FedScoop study identifies the top IT factors impeding government workforce productivity and top opportunities for improving productivity and trust in mobile devices

Dcode42 looks to spread government adoption of AI and machine learning at demo day

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

FedScoop caught up with Meagan Metzger, the founder of Dcode42, to discuss the role of AI in government and what to expect at the upcoming Demo Day.

Congress to SBA CIO Maria Roat: You’re going to be great

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The House Small Business Committee left Wednesday's hearing on the SBA's OCIO "encouraged" by Roat's vision.

Chris Liddell wants a ‘centers of excellence’ model for government innovation

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Chris Liddell said the future of government services could rest in a series of central hubs specializing in innovation.

GSA pulls Kaspersky off approved vendors list

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

The move will add significant difficulty for federal agencies to buy and use the company’s cybersecurity products.

New ONC chief looks to slash document burden for small medical practices

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The office’s focus on reducing the documentation burden is part of a strategy to make the use of EHRs more palatable for small practice physicians.

Former U.S. CISO Touhill lands as president of Cyxtera federal division

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

Touhill will oversee Cyxtera Federal Group, launched as a means to connect public sector agencies with technology already being used in the private sector.

Audit: OPM still faces information security weaknesses 2 years after breaches

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The agency's security assessment and authorization methodology still has some catching up to do.

OMB fiscal 2019 budget guidance calls for ‘bold reform’

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The fiscal 2019 budget may be more than a year away, but the Office of Management and Budget already has a forecast: a chance of more reorganization.

DIUx procuring mobile endpoint security software on behalf of Pentagon

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental listed a solicitation for a commercially available solution that can "actively vet applications to standards on DoD mobile devices, limiting downloads of certain applications, and stopping malicious activities."

GSA to make veteran-owned small businesses more accessible on supply schedules

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The General Services Administration has partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs to make it easier to for the agencies to find veteran-owned vendors on acquisition supply schedules.

Innovation is key to an effective Trump administration, think tank says

by Michael Bergin • 2 weeks ago

A new ITIF report proposes a specific set of recommendations for how the White House Office of American Innovation should apply customer-driven innovations to federal processes and policies.

AI for the Common Good

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

NVIDIA is involved in a global effort, one that has grown out of like-minded communities to democratize AI. It's comprised of educators, startups, and governments all with the shared goal of implementing AI for the good of all humanity.

Stay or go? 18F and USDS insiders debate what it means to be in public service

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

Noah Kunin's recent Medium post on why he's leaving 18F sparked a philosophical conversation.

Evolving Government: A Chihuahua or a muffin? The real challenge of government machine learning

by Becky Fair • 2 weeks ago

In part 3 of the Evolving Government series with Dcode42, Thresher CEO Becky Fair talks about the use for machine learning in the federal government.

How We’re Bringing AI to the Fight Against Cancer

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

The Era of AI Computing

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

This Drone Goes Where GPS Can’t

by fed_admin • 2 weeks ago

Steve Rice, former TSA CIO, is now principal deputy CIO at DHS

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

Rice most recently served as CIO of the TSA.

Military testing behavioral ID technology that would replace CAC card

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

The Pentagon has finally inked a deal to pilot behavioral biometric technology to identify those using its computer networks, more than a year after its CIO first pledged to get rid of the ubiquitous Common Access Card.

As the MGT Act faces the Senate, are you ready for what’s next?

by Steve Harris • 3 weeks ago

In this contributed post, Dell EMC's Steve Harris details what CIOs should do to prepare for the MGT Act, if it's signed into law.

White House Historical Association dives into more digitization

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

The nonprofit is now using Amazon Snowball to upload a backlog of around seven terabytes of data to its Digital Library.

DHS needs better information security practices, audit says

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

KPMG conducted after-hours walkthroughs of employee workstations and found sensitive information — like passwords — left out and unattended.

Pentagon falling behind on prototyping, watchdog finds

by Ryan Johnston • 3 weeks ago

The Defense Department lacks a comprehensive strategy to maintain prototyping and innovation initiatives, a new GAO report found.

U.S. CIO Graves: The DATA Act will help support IT modernization

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

The log of federal spending will help agencies make a "cogent business case" for modernization funds, Margie Graves said.

An end of the Pentagon CIO? Senate NDAA would split the position

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

The Senate version of the $700 billion defense policy bill for fiscal 2018 would split the Defense Department CIO responsibilities among new chief management officer and chief information warfare officer positions.

Five former Presidential Innovation Fellows band together to build new digital consultancy

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

The group wants to create a model for what a modern digital consultancy should look like.

Evolving Government: The promise land of AI is in…redaction?

by Praful Krishna • 3 weeks ago

In part 2 of the Evolving Government series with Dcode42, Coseer CEO Praful Krishna explains how AI can boost government information security with intelligent redaction.

The DATA Act could help restore faith in U.S. government, officials say

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

Complying with the law can help agencies earn back Americans' trust, officials said at the 2017 DATA Act Summit.

Sue Gordon nominated to be principal deputy director of national intelligence

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

Gordon is currently the Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Kaspersky products would be banned from Pentagon under Senate bill

by FedScoop Staff • 3 weeks ago

Products from the Moscow-based cybersecurity company would be banned from the Department of Defense under a version of the fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill.

New America unveils a fellowship aimed at building public interest technology ‘ecosystem’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

The 15 fellows will work to bring tech to public interest organizations in the areas of immigration, child welfare and criminal justice.

Four benefits and a challenge: IoT and the Modern CIO

by FedScoop Staff • 4 weeks ago

The flood of new devices and data are only part of deeper challenges for CIOs who must begin planning for the convergence of IT and OT.

Lord nominated to head Pentagon acquisition

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

If confirmed by the Senate, Lord would serve as undersecretary of acquisition, technology and logistics until February 2018, when that role splits to form two new offices.

Americans want female voices for government virtual assistants

by Michael Bergin • 4 weeks ago

More than 60 percent of citizens prefer an assistant with a "young, female and human-sounding voice," a new Accenture survey revealed.

Democratic lawmakers continue FCC cybersecurity probe on alleged DDoS attack

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

The FCC's response to questions from the Senate raises "fundamental questions" about the commission's detection of and response to a recent cyberattack, House lawmakers say.

Applet service IFTTT launches project to expand use of government information

by Michael Bergin • 4 weeks ago

One Applet automatically saves NASA's picture of the day to an iOS album. Another allows a voter to get an email every time the local congressman tweets.

HUD picks Johnson Joy as its new CIO

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 weeks ago

Joy comes to HUD from a long career in the private sector.

Nominate the top leaders in federal technology for the FedScoop 50 awards

by FedScoop Staff • 4 weeks ago

Submit your nominations before the Aug. 7 deadline.

Gov Actually Episode 14: Everything you need to know about CBO

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

Launched in 1975, the CBO serves as an independent office analyzing and "scoring" budgetary and economic issues for congressional legislation.

GSA calls for blockchain and machine learning to speed acquisition

by Cassandra Stephenson • 4 weeks ago

The agency seeks proposals from contractors that will improve processing times for the FASt Lane program.