Mark Bathrick, director of the Interior Department’s Office of Aviation Services, spoke today at the Brookings Institution about his agency’s use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) including cost savings that the technology makes possible, and the future of airspace regulation as drone technologies continue to advance. […]

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The NewPay software-as-a-service solution offers a strong path to modernization for the Federal payroll process, but a successful effort will require agencies to stop using unique systems and requirements, said Michelle Singer, director of the Department of the Interior’s Interior Business Center.






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The House Appropriations Committee released a second of five appropriations minibus FY2020 spending bills for Commerce-Justice-Science, Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development.






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Representatives from different Federal agencies at ACT-IAC’s Emerging Technology Forum today said that they are leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), robotic process automation (RPA), quantum computing, blockchain, and other emerging technologies to make strides in their work.






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With the Burning Man Festival bringing nearly 75,000 people to the middle of the Nevada desert on public land for a “temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and self-reliance,” managing the crowd takes a little bit of help – and IT.






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The U.S. Department of the Interior (DoI) issued a solicitation today seeking a contractor to maintain, expand, and promote the production of National Archive Data and Culture (NADAC).






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The Department of Interior (DOI) is seeking to let a single award, hybrid Time and Material contract to provide, operate, maintain, and improve its IRWIN (Integrated Reporting of Wildland-Fire Information) system in support of the agency’s Office of Wildland Fire (OWF).






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The Department of the Interior received 18 security-related recommendations in a KPMG Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) audit, which identified several information security risks across the agency.






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In an Inspector General (IG) report released Nov. 20, the Department of the Interior got taken to task for allowing an employee to visit 9,000 pornographic websites in under seven months. This is the IG second report chastising the department for an employee viewing porn on agency time and technology.






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A shift to the cloud offers government agencies an opportunity to embrace digital transformation, add automation, and rethink processes, said Federal IT panelists on Wednesday at MeriTalk’s 2018 Cloud Computing Brainstorm.






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Federal agencies might not meet the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) data center closure goals, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Based on current projections, only 7,221 of the 12,062 data centers that agencies reported in August 2017 will be closed by September of this year.






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The Inspector General for the Department of the Interior assessed the information that the agency submitted under the DATA Act, and found that some of the data was incomplete or inaccurate. The report noted “deficiencies in completeness, timeliness, quality, and accuracy of the data submissions we sampled.”






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The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP) links Federal agencies, non-government organizations, and private sector companies in a collaborative effort to reduce data access barriers and create an open data platform for people to share climate information.






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The White House Office of Management and Budget collected initial data from agencies to gauge the impact of the Generation Indigenous Initiative. The initiative seeks to improve educational outcomes for native students, increase access to quality teacher housing, increase Internet access, support the Indian Child Welfare Act, reduce teen suicide, and grow tribal control of criminal justice.






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