MeriTalk is running a series taken from a book-length work authored by a senior Federal IT official currently working in government. This is one part of an extensive, firsthand account of how IT decisions are made, the obstacles standing in the way of real change in government technology management, and what one career Federal IT employee really thinks about the way government does IT.






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Ransomware is the least of a CIO’s worries, according to new report issued by the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT). James Scott, ICIT senior fellow and Drew Spaniel, ICIT researcher, co-authors of a new report, titled “The Anatomy of Cyber-Jihad: Cyberspace is the New Great Equalizer,” call cyber jihadists the latest threat to America […] […]

The Defense Health Agency is working on a way for a person injured overseas to have instant access to world-class health care. Cmdr. Tony Thornton, deputy director of the Health Information Technology Directorate at DHA, said the technology for making such connectivity possible was already available.






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Earlier this week 16,000 educators converged on Denver for ISTE 2016, the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) annual conference. Attendees, presenters, and exhibitors took to Twitter to share what they were learning and announce new products by using #ISTE2016. Check out some of the top tweets from the conference.






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Government IT has a problem with planning better solutions, not coming up with ideas for those solutions, according to Federal CIO Tony Scott. “Ideas are not the problem in Washington; Washington is full of ideas. What Washington doesn’t have…is a good implementation plan for those ideas,” Scott said at a Citrix cybersecurity event.






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David Meza, chief knowledge architect at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Johnson Space Center, is trying to find a way to share visual data so that a NASA employee at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida can log in to a computer and see what Meza and his team have been working on in their Texas-based studio. This project to streamline visualization tools falls under a broader initiative to link the agency, especially in regard to big data.






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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton issued an ambitious “Technology & Innovation” agenda to connect every U.S. household to the Internet by 2020 and offer entrepreneurs the option of deferring their student loans for up to three years as they launch their own businesses.






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The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy released a request for information, concerning both the potential and the risks associated with artificial intelligence.






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The Internet of Things will soon transform the way transportation and infrastructure operate in the United States, according to witnesses at the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security hearing.






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Small, remote Alaskan villages that are alienated from large power sources increasingly rely on microgrids as a practical energy solution. According to a blog post from Matt Erskine, deputy assistant secretary of the Economic Development Administration, Alaska stands as a leading pioneer in microgrid technology.






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The Supreme Court overturned controversial Texas law H.B. 2, which implements regulations on Texas abortion clinics, such as requirements for surgical facilities and for doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. However, the American Civil Liberties Union alleged this month that the Texas Department of State Health Services was intentionally hiding abortion data that would be relevant to the case.






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NOAA next month plans to launch the Deep Space Climate Observatory, a satellite equipped with a Faraday Cup plasma sensor and a magnetometer that measures the severity of space weather storms. This satellite will collect more accurate data than previous technology has offered on space weather.






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Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell this week announced an anti-fraud task force led by the Justice and Health and Human Services Departments executed the largest takedown of health care fraud in U.S. history, charging 301 individuals in 36 Federal districts for health care schemes equaling $900 million.






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The Army Educational Outreach Program hosted its annual eCybermission competition and announced the winners at the National Judging and Educational Event awards luncheon on Friday, chosen from more than 7,000 teams that entered the competition.






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The U.S. Forest Service used a Cessna 205 aircraft to discover that 26 million trees have died in California since October 2015. Instead of relying on satellite images or unmanned aerial vehicles, popular devices in today’s agriculture, the Regional Aerial Survey Program uses a more old-fashioned method of collecting data.






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U. S. Customs and Border Protection is trying to forge new ties with technical-minded people working at startups. Earlier this month, CBP released two solicitations for the startup world, including one for K-9 wearable technology and another calling for enhancements for Global Travel Assessment Systems.






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