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DARPA-funded IBM brain-inspired chip could revolutionize future technologies

Researchers at IBM have developed a new ultra-low power, brain-inspired computer chip that could revolutionize military use of mobile robots and remote sensors where electrical power is limited, among other applications, company and government officials said Aug. 7.

Study: Government and businesses not deploying enough email authentication technology

The majority of U.S. businesses and government agencies do not take adequate steps to secure their email and ensure that customers and business partners can tell if emails coming from their domains are genuine or forged, a new report finds.

New jammer helps defend Navy vessels against electronic threats

A prototype electronic warfare system may soon help Navy and Marine Corps forces defend themselves against jamming and return the favor to enemy forces.

Robotics and smart software will have a major impact on the workplace, report finds

By 2025, robotics and artificial intelligence will have a profound impact on the workplace, replacing many blue and white collar jobs, a new report finds. But IT industry experts questioned in the...

Army labs re-create battlefield environment to test cyber threats, identify vulnerabilities

The Army said it's simulating a battlefield environment in a laboratory to better address cyber threats to new technologies before they're tested by soldiers in the field.

Contractor that performs security background checks for DHS, other agencies suffers computer breach

Federal law enforcement officials are investigating a computer attack on a government contractor's network that performs background security checks for Homeland Security Department personnel and other agencies, the contractor said Aug. 6

Government moves forward with sustainable electronics use policies, report finds

The U.S. government has made progress in developing policies for sustainably using and recycling electronic equipment in federal agencies, according to a new interagency report.

State Department, RocketHub provide online crowdfunding resource for public service projects

The State Department is partnering with online crowdfunding platform RocketHub to find alternative funding and accelerate public service projects.

Energy Department website offers access to research manuscripts, data

The Energy Department has launched a new web portal to increase public access to scholarly publications and digital data generated by department-funded research.

VA wants information on latest IT systems modernization contract

The Veterans Affairs Department is seeking information on its latest iteration of a sweeping $12 billion contract to modernize its IT systems. The request for information involves the VA's Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation contract that's set to run through June 2016.

HHS IG: Vulnerabilities in EHR certification process potentially opens systems to attack

An internal Health and Human Services Department audit found insufficient oversight in ensuring that certified electronic health records securely protected patient health data.

State Department still probing system crash that's hindering ability to process passports, visas

The Consular Consolidated Database, or CCD, suffered a major performance breakdown resulting from a standard, scheduled software update, according to the department. Yet, the actual root cause of the incident and the details of what may have impacted the systems—either software or hardware failures—have not yet been determined, officials said.

Climate data initiative teams technology, agriculture industries to secure national food supplies

The White House is reaching out to the nation's technology and agricultural sectors to develop new methods to monitor and respond to climate change, especially capabilities to ensure that crops and food distribution systems can cope with future climate-related disruptions.

NSF announces two new academic-based cybersecurity research grants

The National Science Foundation recently announced funding for two teams of university researchers who will work on new approaches to enhance cybersecurity for information systems as weell as provide education and training around the issue.

NIST seeks public comment on updated guide assessing security measures of systems, networks

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking public comment on a  draft updating a guide designed to help agencies and others better assess how they're protecting federal information systems and networks.

Agencies falling short in providing accurate, complete federal award data, GAO says

The Government Accountability Office said agencies provided incomplete and inaccurate information about such assistance awards - totaling about $619 billion - on USASpending.gov, a publicly accessible website designed to improve transparency and accountability on federal spending.

Senate legislation seeks to put safeguards on student educational records

A bipartisan Senate bill seeks to protect student educational records by limiting how that information is shared with private companies. The Protecting Student Privacy Act, introduced on July 30 by Senators Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, requires that data security safeguards be put in place for sensitive student data held by private firms.

House bill seeks to reform federal IT acquisition, expand competition to smaller firms

The Reforming Federal Procurement of Information Technology, or RFP-IT, Act was introduced July 30. The legislation proposes to enhance competition for government IT contracts, promote innovation, and strengthen accountability by creating a new government office.

USDA data network vulnerable due to lack of security and oversight

Inadequate security protections of a new U.S. Department of Agriculture computer network could result in a data breach and loss, according to a new internal audit, which also found that the project's prime contractor even under- and overbilled the department for services.

NIST announces competition to help U.S. advanced manufacturing industry

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has announced it will begin accepting applications for a new round of competitive grants to help address challenges to the growth of advanced manufacturing in the United States.