Jordan Smith

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Jordan Smith is a MeriTalk Staff Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.
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A group of Democratic senators wrote to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) to request that the IG investigate alleged warrantless domestic surveillance of phones by DHS’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) component.






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Reps. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., and Pete Olson, R-Texas – both co-chairs of the Congressional Artificial Intelligence Caucus – on Oct. 23 stumped for the AI in Government Act of 2020 (H.R. 2575) that passed the House last month and now sits on Senate general legislative calendar awaiting possible action.






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The Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is canceling its audit of corrective actions taken by DoD in response to cybersecurity vulnerabilities identified during operational testing and evaluation of acquisition programs, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.






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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and FBI issued a joint cybersecurity advisory on Oct. 22 to warn operators of state, local, territorial, and tribal (SLTT) government networks that they may be targeted by Russian state-sponsored advanced persistent threat (APT) actors.






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The National AI Institute (NAII) is starting up a new AI Tech Sprint within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) which aims to empower an AI-enabled ecosystem through voluntary incentives linking Federal, industry, academia, and nonprofit organization ecosystems around AI R&D.






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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) identified four top management challenges for agency management in Fiscal Year 2021 – including an IT modernization challenge that the OIG indicated can be addressed through a “persuasive vision” and plan that agency IT leaders are gearing up to implement.






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The Department of Energy (DoE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have announced the opening of their DEVELOP Competition, which challenges participants to develop technologies to help better “map, monitor, and understand the ocean, improving our ability to forecast hurricanes and providing an invaluable service to coastal communities.”






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