The Department of the Interior is really excited about drones
Fighting wildfires is one big use case.
GAO positions AI, blockchain as society-altering tech
The office’s five-year strategic plan calls for more federal research spending to drive the potential of five emerging technologies.
House committee chides Census Bureau for failure to deliver information about IT systems
"The Bureau’s failure to respond to the Committee’s request is unacceptable," the letter to acting Director Ron Jarmin reads. "Provide the requested documents and information immediately."
Two senators say CBP can’t detect if passport chips are tampered with
Sens. Ron Wyden and Claire McCaskill say there are weaknesses in CBP's ability to authenticate the electronic RFID chips in U.S. passports.
GSA’s IT modernization efforts will take a village, Zielinski says
Officials said building the government's future IT infrastructure will depend heavily on the collaboration of the Federal Acquisition Service's components.
Air Force awards first ‘Spark Tank’ to mid-flight refueling innovation
The challenge aims to encourage "intrapreneurship."
Knight Point Systems scores $902M DOD communications contract
The Reston, Virginia-based contractor also won DISA's $298 million predecessor contract.
The VA wants to use machine learning to detect patient deterioration
DeepMind and the VA plan use AI to analyze about 700,000 anonymized health records and develop machine learning algorithms that "will accurately identify risk factors for patient deterioration and predict its onset."
GSA points to Alliant 2 success for future of industry engagement
The agency thinks its most recent IT contract could provide a solution to better communicate with industry.
How the HHS Data Science CoLab is iterating ahead of second cohort
Organizers are carefully considering who the program should cater to and how it can have the most impact.
With $30B IT contract expiring, FBI issues RFI for cloud services
With its $30 billion IT contract set to expire this fall, the FBI is looking for industry input on a wide-ranging cloud computing solution.
Army Research Lab RFI calls for IT modernization, cloud
The ARL issued a request for information Monday for solutions to help update its 1.3 petabyte data storage environment.
Evolving Government: Simplified expense management can change the way government does business
Innovating the expense reimbursement process for government could bring large savings in time and money, and add transparency.
Needed at IARPA: Better tools for drone surveillance
The advanced research office is interested in better automatic object recognition algorithms for imagery gathered by drones.
Agencies need to better track adoption of cyber framework in critical infrastructure, GAO says
A new report found a lack of insight into the progress of federal efforts to promote critical infrastructure adoption of the NIST cybersecurity framework.
Trump tech adviser Reed Cordish out after a year
Cordish said he never planned to stay more than a year and that he'll return to the family real estate business.
Grace Koh departs White House tech, telecoms and cyber role
Abigail Slater, currently general counsel at the Internet Association, will take over.
These 10 companies are building ‘counter-drone’ tech in the Air Force accelerator
The technologies under development really run the gamut.
Inside DHS’s complicated relationship with industry
A new report found divides between industry and agency officials on each's responsibility for pitfalls in acquisitions and the pursuit for innovation.
Getting AI to ‘do more for less money’ will take up-front investment, experts tell lawmakers
It's not just about funding research and development, it's also about training the right people, witnesses told a House subcommittee.
Pentagon to host industry day for commercial cloud acquisition
The industry day will hopefully solidify how DOD plans to buy commercial cloud services across its enterprise.
DOD looking for the next GPS
Satellite-based GPS has become "contested" and "vulnerable" and can no longer be relied on, a top Pentagon IT official said.
Defense Digital Service revamps Code.mil with clearer, more accessible guidance
Over the past year the team has learned that guidance on how to release code as open source must be as straightforward as possible.
GSA merges shared services team and management councils into new office
The new entity will serve as the integrator for the administration’s broader acquisition and performance management goals.
GSA awards $15B Alliant 2 contract to 81 small businesses
GSA officials tapped 81 small businesses to fulfill its 10-year, $15-billion IT services contract.
Trump taps Army’s Nakasone as next NSA, Cyber Command head
FedScoop's sister publication CyberScoop reported in recent weeks that Nakasone was the favorite to land the job.
Mulvaney touts R&D increase, but some accounts would take cuts
The OMB director extolled proposed increases for research & development, but some agencies tasked with technology development are taking a hit.
Trump budget would create a Technology Business Management office housed within GSA
As an early adopter, GSA can help guide other agencies in using TBM practices.
The on-ramp to FedRAMP is automation
The future of FedRAMP is fewer hassles, more templates and automation, this op-ed argues.
2019 budget request includes plans to train feds for emerging tech
The request included a $50 million fund to improve federal recruitment and retention of technology personnel.
General Dynamics to acquire CSRA in multibillion-dollar deal
GD's acquisition of CSRA will cost $9.6 billion, including $2.8 billion in CRSA debt.
OMB launches updated Performance.gov with IT modernization ‘backbone’
OMB put an operational pause on Performance.gov last summer as it readied federal reorganization plans.
White House budget calls for $210M for IT modernization fund
As expected, President Donald Trump's fiscal 2019 budget proposes increased spending for IT at federal agencies, including for a central modernization fund.
This OpenGov Foundation tool aims to make calling Congress great again
Article One uses existing technologies to help congressional offices deal with a deluge of voicemails.
Justice Deputy CIO Kevin Deeley passes away
Deeley, who spent the past six years as deputy CIO of the DOJ, was 55.
Tillerson floats idea for new ‘cyber bureau’ at State
The bureau would build relationships with foreign governments and coordinate on international cybersecurity priorities.
Shanahan on DOD’s commercial cloud: It’s ‘not our goal’
"Our goal is to get a lot of the data into an environment where we can start making better decisions," said the Pentagon No. 2.
Finding and fixing talent gaps will require new tech tools, OPM says
The first edition of OPM's quadrennial federal workforce review calls for the agency to adopt new technology tools to keep track of the public sector's talent gap.
With 5G coming to IoT, Zangardi says the future of cyberdefense is ‘originality’
As the magnitude of IoT devices increases, the DHS chief information officer said the key ingredient for future cyberdefense will be originality.
How the Fed Tech accelerator makes the most of hot ideas in federal labs
An idea for treating fabric moves from a Navy lab through to a startup company, showing how federal research can transfer to the entrepreneurial world.
Pentagon awards nearly $1B contract for cloud migration to REAN Cloud
The contract is based on a prototype REAN launched last year with the U.S. Transportation Command, helping migrate dozens of its legacy applications to the cloud.
Marines’ Crall takes DOD cyber adviser role; Bible in as acting CIO
Crall is taking the spot left empty by Maj. Gen. Burke “Ed” Wilson, who Defense Secretary Jim Mattis appointed as his right-hand man on cyber policy.
300 interviews, 50 tentative job offers and more: CIO Council shares initial hiring fair results
"The federal-wide hiring event was an effective and cost efficient solution to attract diverse top talent to the public sector," the council concludes.
Pentagon No. 2 foreshadows future of ‘uncompromising’ cyber-hygiene
"We want the bar to be so high that it becomes a condition of doing business," Shanahan said of cybersecurity.
Open source standard bill advances in House, but doesn’t ditch the DUNS
The House Oversight Committee voted to advance a bill for open source-tracking of grant data, but not without a tit-for-tat about its lasting impacts.
HHS debuts new Startup Day event with ‘Shark Tank’ pitches
The event is another piece of CTO Bruce Greenstein's humility-in-government mission.
The rise and fall of 18F
In this op-ed, ITIF's Daniel Castro advises the Trump administration of the importance of recruiting top technical talent.
FedRAMP’s ‘year of refinement’ emphasizes improvements to continuous monitoring
In 2018, the office is looking to fine-tune the guidance it’s using to connect cloud service providers with federal agencies.
Reduced request for airport scanners earns a broadside from Rep. McCaul
The top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee took some shots at the Office of Management and Budget over the White House's funding proposal for airport screening technology.
The We the People petition site is back. But what actually changed?
Questions remain about how, exactly, the revamped site will save a promised $1.3 million per year.
DHS awards $621M CDM cybersecurity contract to Booz Allen
The award is tied to the Dynamic and Evolving Federal Enterprise Network Defense (DEFEND) program, part of the third phase of CDM.
SBA innovation program hobbled by database errors, GAO says
The report found that the databases for two R&D programs frequently have inaccurate and inconsistent data on whether projects are meeting their goals.
As DISA’s Lynn retires, Pentagon network defense becomes fully operational
One of Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn's key achievements was overseeing the Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Network to full operational capability.
Evolving identity management crucial for federal cybersecurity, but budget woes slow adoption
According to a new survey, identity management tech is evolving, and to no one's surprise, budgets are making it difficult for agencies to update their systems.
Emerging Tech 2018: 7 technologies poised to disrupt government
FedScoop takes a deep dive into the emerging technologies that could disrupt federal agencies in 2018.
Emerging Tech 2018: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
There are a number of agencies that already use early forms of the technologies.