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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is on track to achieve its agency goal under the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) of improving veteran customer experience (CX), according to a June update released by the VA.  






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Reps. Yvette D. Clarke, D-N.Y., and Tim Walberg R-Mich., introduced new legislation on June 13 to “help close the workforce shortage in the telecommunications industry.” The legislators said the TOWER Infrastructure Deployment Act, H.R. 3255, “reflects the need for a highly-skilled, professional workforce equipped to deploy 5G, lightning-fast broadband networks, and new broadcast technology.”






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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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Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said today he plans to introduce a bill that would prohibit online service providers from collecting data from consumers “any data that is beyond what is necessary for the companies’ online services.”






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Soldier modernization DoD Defense Department technology mobile

The Defense Innovation Board (DIB) released a study and draft implementation plan today to help the Department of Defense (DoD) overhaul its software acquisition processes, with DoD looking to pilot some of the recommendations in fiscal year 2020 and implement on a department-wide basis in the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).






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U.S. Patent Trademark Office USPTO Commerce

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is requesting information on stabilizing high-priority IT applications, while simultaneously not affecting operational activities.






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Donald Trump White House bill signing

A new executive order released today by the White House establishes a rotational assignment program for Federal cybersecurity personnel, requires agencies to incorporate cybersecurity aptitude assessments into their personnel development programs, and emphasizes the adoption of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Framework in government contracts, among other measures.






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From the still-budding promise of automation technologies to the ever-growing threat of cyber vulnerabilities, partnerships both within the private sector and with the Federal government will shape the contours of large-scale IT advancement in the coming years, explained Yogesh Khanna, CTO at General Dynamics Information Technology, at GDIT’s Emerge event in Washington on Tuesday.






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Federal CIO Suzette Kent emphasized in an address today to tech-sector officials the importance of scaling, sustaining, and “industrializing” technology advancements notched by the Federal government including those featured in the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) issued one year ago.






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Cyber Security Brainstorm

A new report from ACT-IAC (American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council) finds that zero-trust technologies are available and lend themselves to incremental installation, but need support from the mission side of the agency for effective implementation.






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As part of the recent White House executive order on artificial intelligence (AI), Federal agencies will see a push to use AI to improve citizen experience, and an increased effort to catalog investments in AI, said Dr. Lynne Parker, assistant director for artificial intelligence at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).






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Broadband access is essential in the 21st Century. To achieve availability across the country, the Federal government must have accurate broadband access data to ensure that funds and resources are being spent to expand coverage to unserved areas. However, accuracy issues with the broadband map have plagued the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)–the Federal entity tasked with compiling the data.






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Defense Department (DoD) officials today underscored the importance of the agency’s ongoing electronic health records (EHR) modernization efforts at a Senate Appropriations Committee Defense Subcommittee hearing on the Defense Health Program FY2020 budget request.






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Congress must take action to ensure that consumer data is being adequately protected at consumer reporting agencies (CRAs), witnesses said at Tuesday’s House Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy hearing.






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The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) is looking for the best ways to improve its employee’s work-life by improving mobile computing and to do that, they’re focusing more on thinking outside the box.






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The House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology met today to hear testimony on H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, which would roll back net neutrality rules to their 2015 level.






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In a letter dated Feb. 27, Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., requested Dan Coats, director of National Intelligence, produce “an unclassified report on the participation of China and other adversarial nations in the international standard setting bodies (ISSBs) for fifth-generation wireless telecommunications technologies (5G).”






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