The Office of Management and Budget today unveiled its plan to reorganize Federal agencies, called the “Comprehensive Plan for Reforming the Federal Government and Reducing the Federal Civilian Workforce,” which responds to President Trump’s March 13 Executive Order to OMB. […]

John Short, the program executive for the VistA Evolution program at the Department of Veterans Affairs, has been tapped to take over as the acting deputy director of the DOD/VA Interagency Program Office responsible for ensuring electronic health record sharing between the VA and the Pentagon.






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President Trump’s Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert has drafted a new cybersecurity executive order, which will direct certain agencies to provide reports on their cybersecurity within a set number of days, according to retired Gen. Michael Hayden, who has served as the director of both the National Security Agency (NSA) and the CIA.






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In interviews with MeriTalk, both Sam Gordy and Marc Mancher opened up about their respective companies’ plans for AI in the Federal government, with IBM focusing on cognitive intelligence and Deloitte on robotics processing, as well as obstacles in the way of government adoption.






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The Federal Aviation Administration restricted the flight of drones over 133 military bases Thursday. This rule is the first time that the FAA has issued airspace restrictions over drones. The ruling is based on national security interests from the Department of Defense and intelligence agencies.






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In the age of machine learning, there’s a fine line between collecting enough employee data for insider threat programs and ensuring personal privacy, a line that Americans may have to culturally define in the near future, according to experts speaking at an Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) event on Monday. “Are we willing to […] […]

A military-funded technology that can influence the emotional centers in a person’s brain is ready to receive its first human test subjects. The device, a deep brain stimulator, was created as part of the Department of Defense’s Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) program.






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The National Technical Information Service announced on April 10 that it has selected Booz Allen Hamilton as one of its initial partners for the Joint Venture Program. The purpose of the JVP is to pair Federal agencies that accumulate massive amounts of data with organizations that can help them manage that data. NTIS selected Booz […] […]

The hacker group, the Shadow Brokers released a password for alleged National Security Agency malware tools Saturday in protest of President Donald Trump’s policies. The Shadow Brokers first began selling NSA tools, which looked to be about three years old, in August, but nobody bought it for the requested $7,070,300 in bitcoin. Instead the Shadow […] […]

Twitter announced April 7 that it is dropping a lawsuit it filed against the Department of Homeland Security the previous day. The company was suing DHS after the agency demanded to know the identity of the person or persons behind the Alt Immigration Twitter account. Twitter dismissed the suit because DHS withdrew its request for information, according to a notice of voluntary dismissal.






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The Transportation Security Administration’s new training device, which tracks security officers’ eyes as they scan images, will not get in the way of human instruction, according to Eric Houser, director of the Mission Analysis Division within TSA’s Office of Requirements and Capabilities Analysis.






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MeriTalk compiles a weekly roundup of contracts and other industry activity. Here’s what happened this week in the Federal Information Technology community.






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Thirteen senators including Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Wednesday requesting that he address issues of Chinese behavior in cyberspace during his meeting today with Chinese President Xi Jinping.






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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the agency will begin to create the Office of Economics and Data, which will provide economic analysis for rulemakings, manage the agency’s data resources, and conduct long-term research on how to improve the agency’s policies.






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The Center for Data Innovation, along with 82 other civil society organizations, signed a letter on April 5 urging Congress to act on the Open, Permanent, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act, which would establish a policy requiring Federal agencies to ensure that their data is accessible to the public.






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