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A Federal judge ruled Feb. 18 that Congress has the authority to ban Federal agencies and contractors from doing business with Chinese communications equipment maker Huawei.

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  1. NIST to Release Supplemental Privacy Frameworks

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director Walter Copan announced Feb. 19 that just one month after the version 1.0 release of the agency’s privacy framework, NIST is already working on a privacy guide for small- and medium-sized businesses.

  2. Brookings AI event Panelists Discuss AI in the Criminal Justice System

    The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive analytics in the criminal justice system is the latest attempt to make sentencing decisions more accurately and reduce recidivism.

  1. European union EU-min EU Unveils Data, AI Strategy

    The European Union (EU) released a white paper on artificial intelligence (AI) and its continentwide data strategy Feb. 19 in an effort to position itself as the “global leader of digital transformation.”

  2. Sens. Merkley, Booker Introduce Moratorium on Government use of Facial Recognition

    Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced the Ethical Use of Facial Recognition Act on Feb. 12 which would institute a moratorium on all Federal use of facial recognition technology until Congress passes legislation outlining “specific uses for the data” collected.

  3. NOAA Sets Strategy to Coordinate Agency-Wide AI Effort

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Feb. 18 released its Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy that aims to coordinate efforts to use AI technologies across the agency.

  4. voting booth, election security Voting app Voatz Under Security Scrutiny Following MIT Report

    The voting app Voatz has come under increased scrutiny following a Feb. 13 report from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers.

  1. VA’s National AI Institute Facing Workforce, Partnership, and Scalability Challenges

    At the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the newly formed National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institute (NAII) is facing trouble with its workforce retainment, external partnerships, and interagency scalability, Director Gil Alterovitz said Feb. 18.

  2. AFRL Solicits Papers on IC Info Sharing Tech

    The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is asking for white papers by May 1 on information sharing technologies to be used within parts of the Intelligence Community.

  3. GSA Looking for Assistant FAS Commissioner Candidates

    The General Services Administration (GSA) is looking for candidates for the open position of Assistant Commissioner for Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS) within the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

  4. New Survey Highlights milCloud® 2.0 Migration Progress and Opportunity for Acceleration

    A MeriTalk survey of 175 milCloud® 2.0 mission partners shows that while 86 percent believe migrating to milCloud® 2.0 will have a positive impact on Department of Defense (DoD) missions, just 21 percent of them are in the process of migrating to the service – pointing to an opportunity for additional training and resources to accelerate migration.

  5. Commerce Exposed Sensitive Data to Foreign Nationals

    A U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report found that Commerce exposed sensitive data to unvetted foreign nationals through poor security program controls.

  6. CISA, FBI Identify North Korean Hacking Operation

    The Department of Defense (DoD), Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) detailed a North Korean hacking operation that employs even pieces of malware.

  7. NMB Needs to Implement Recommendations for Information Security

    The National Mediation Board (NMB) has not yet fully implemented several Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommendations including those involving information privacy and information security.

  8. Sen. Markey Slams DHS Cellphone Data Purchase

    Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass., questioned the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) use of cellphone data for immigration enforcement in a Feb. 12 letter to the agency.

  9. CISA to act as Election Security Liaison Ahead of 2020

    The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is promising state and local election officials that it will be vigilant, trustworthy, and transparency about 2020 election security in the agency’s #Protect2020 Strategic Plan.

  10. Senate’s Huawei ‘Rip and Replace’ Bill Carries $726M Price Tag

    A Senate bill that would provide government funding for smaller communications service providers to remove equipment in their networks supplied by Huawei, ZTE and other China-based suppliers would cost $726 billion over ten years to implement, the Congressional Budget Office said on Feb. 11.