Senators Pitch 5G National Security Strategy, Emphasize Removal of Chinese Products

A group of five senators released bipartisan legislation that would create a national policy to securely deploy commercial 5G networks and establish an up to $700 million grant program to aid American communications providers in removing Chinese products from their networks.

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    The Senate voted 97-1 Thursday, May 23 in favor of a bill that would give Federal regulators more tools to combat perpetrators of fraudulent robocall scams.

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  2. USAF Pressing on in Effort to Create ‘Digital Air Force’

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  4. Report: AI Offers Great Benefits, But Requires Proper Support

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  1. Algorithmic Biases Can Be “Weapons of Math Destruction,” Expert Says

    Despite near-universal trust in the science of mathematics, human biases can readily creep into data analysis and design of algorithms, leading author and algorithmic auditor Cathy O’Neil to warn that biases baked into algorithms may create sweeping consequences for both individuals and society as a whole. 

  2. OPM Releases Tools to Reskill Workforce Amid Tech Impacts

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  3. Senate VA Committee Discusses IT Bills, But No Votes Yet

    The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing Wednesday, May 22, on pending legislation – including bills related to electronic health records, and to make the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website more accessible to disabled veterans – but took no votes on those measures.

  4. House Members Hammer VA Over Caregiver Program IT Faults

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  7. OMB Updates Federal ICAM Policy; Agencies to Create ICAM Teams

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  8. CISA Publishes Election Security Guidance

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  9. DSS Awards Contract to Shore up Background Checks

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    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is looking to standardize a national crowdsourced tool in the department after it reported having success in driving efficiency across VA healthcare centers.