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White House to launch AI push with new workshop series

The White House is planning to hold four public workshops this summer to develop plans and spur dialog about the federal government's use of artificial intelligence technologies.

GAO: FEMA suffers from weak IT management

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, must address management weaknesses in its information technology systems, an audit by the Government Accountability Office found.

Congressional leaders ask GAO to audit agencies' FOIA compliance

Congressional leaders want the Government Accountability Office to review how well federal agencies comply with the Freedom of Information Act, popularly known as FOIA.

Spotlight: Pentagon working on tech to identify hackers

Pentagon researchers are expecting to develop a tool by 2018 that will allow the government to both characterize a cyberattacker and share the attacker's modus operandi with potential future victims.

Judge paves way for Clinton to answer questions about emails

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton may face interviews in the coming months about her use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state.

NJ cybersecurity center wants to integrate incident management into its operations

New Jersey's nearly year-old Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell, which monitors government and business computer networks for cyberthreats, is looking to expand into incident management, according to the organization's chief information security officer.

Census Bureau's CEDCaP data collection program faces scrutiny from Commerce's Inspector General

The Commerce Department's Office of Inspector General has begun an audit of the U.S. Census Bureau's Census Enterprise Data Collection and Processing, or CEDCaP, program designed to streamline data collection and processing and cut costs for the decennial census.

Skyhigh Networks becomes first CASB to score FedRAMP certification

Skyhigh Networks this week became the first cloud access security broker, or CASB, to achieve Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, certification, the company announced Tuesday.

Boycott campaign lobbying tech companies to 'dump Trump' at Republican convention yields few victories

The expected nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican presidential candidate leaves the tech companies supporting the 2016 Republican National Convention in a potentially awkward spot, given the politics in Silicon Valley. And some protesters are trying to get those companies to boycott the convention entirely.

Spotlight: NTIA to hold multi-stakeholder meeting on UAS systems

This will be the second multi-stakeholder meeting the NTIA has held on drones since President Obama established the process to comply with the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

'Every soldier a sensor' requires integrated tactical network

The U.S. Army this week and next is testing out the latest improvements to its tactical communications network at its Network Integration Evaluation 16.2 exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas.

GSA launches Technology Transformation Service to focus on agile, user-centered technology

The General Services Administration is creating a new arm, the Technology Transformation Service, to help federal agencies "build, buy and share user-centered and emerging technology solutions," GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth said in a Tuesday blog post.

When it comes to US government health alerts, people want the human touch

When it comes to being alerted to a national health emergency by the U.S. government, people want the human touch – even if it comes through the TV.

Spotlight: Border protection system lacks authority to use SSNs in system access

CBP had used the system to give users account access, creating a "HashID" of their SSN to provide identity management.

US intelligence community scored data on more than 96,000 'targets' last year

The U.S. intelligence community collected data on more than 96,000 "targets" last year under section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Security Act, or FISA, according to the annual transparency report released Monday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Google gets access to millions of UK's National Health Service records

Google is getting access to a wide range of health care data through a data-sharing agreement between the company and the U.K.'s National Health Service, or NHS, according to a new report.

New tool digitizes feds' purchase forecasts, targets small-business users

The innovation team at 18F has created a tool to help the General Services Administration forecast the purchasing needs of federal agencies.

Kansas House votes to close private email loophole for open records

A new bill working its way through the Kansas legislature would stop state officials from hiding behind their private email accounts in order to avoid making records public.

Secretive spy court brings new meaning to term 'rubber stamp'

According to a report by Reuters, based on a Department of Justice document it obtained, the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved all of the electronic surveillance requests from the U.S. government in 2014 and 2015.

Spotlight: Treasury publishes data format for federal spending

In a long-awaited release, the Treasury Department on Friday published the final schema for its federal spending data format on the Federal Spending Transparency GitHub portal.