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President Obama announced that he will ask self-driving car manufacturers to sign a 15-point checklist to ensure the safety of the vehicles. The Federal Automated Vehicles Policy will include provisions to increase safety, mobility, productivity, and sustainability of automated vehicles. […]

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In order to better provide opioid users with ready access to life-saving medication in the case of an overdose, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it would be hosting a 2016 Naloxone App Competition.






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Lisa Donnan, left, Jenny Menna, and Renee Tarun address the 2016 Cyber Security Brainstorm on Sept. 13, 2016. (Photo: MeriTalk)
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To become “Future Ready,” city governments must focus on fostering and leveraging technological innovation in their local area, according to experts at an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation panel. “Cities that are embracing future ready, we notice that they are data-driven,” said Christy McFarland of the National League of Cities.






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Government employees who attended the hacking conventions of the past had a pretty hard time remaining unnoticed, as many hosted “Spot the Fed” games that rewarded attendees for outing Federal employees. Today’s hacking conventions, like Black Hat and Defcon that took place earlier this month, are creating a much more collaborative environment.






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The White House launched a new effort to help increase the use of drones and showcased how government agencies have become a proving ground for a wide array of new drone concepts and technologies. Here are 13 interesting facts that came out of the workshop.






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The Department of Energy is investing $19 million to improve the efficiency of the nation’s buildings. This investment will aim to develop advanced building technologies that will help Americans save money on utility bills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs.






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Pokémon Go has taken over Washington, D.C., bringing Federal buildings and employees into the gaming sphere. A MeriTalk reporter journeyed from the U.S. Capitol building to the White House to discover Pokestops and Gyms scattered down Pennsylvania Avenue.






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