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The General Services Administration (GSA) utilized the NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) contract for $123 million of purchases in fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The contract mainly to provide IT solutions on a faster timeline and offer solutions outside of IT Schedule 70, according to an audit released August 22 by GSA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). […]

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Federal agency officials on July 15 shared a variety of projects and pilots their organizations are undertaking using artificial intelligence (AI) and automated technologies, offering a wider view of how the tech is being employed across government.






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A General Services Administration (GSA) blog post highlights how a recent amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) has made it easier for Federal agencies to acquire IT through GSA.






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Budget Federal spending

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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Imagine if every truck or car that ever wrecked or broke down on the roadways were just left there, rusting away with pieces scattered, while you and every other driver had to try to navigate around them.






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NASA

Never, in human history, have we seen this much technological change in such a short period of time. As technology grows more powerful, every facet of society has raced to adapt. It is exciting (and perhaps a bit daunting) that approaching advancements will probably hit faster, and may be even more dramatic, than changes that […] […]

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The move by government organizations to public cloud infrastructure is often motivated by a desire to provide better services to citizens, but an academic piece warns about the need to maintain public access to open data in the cloud.






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Keeping up with hackers is no small task, particularly since some attacks can be sustained in near-perpetuity. No doubt, securing cyberspace is a daunting responsibility. But focusing on security and using emerging technologies can help us meet the challenges. In particular, when the cyber security personnel of cloud providers and cloud customers work closely together, […] […]

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The Department of Justice (DoJ) today announced hacking and identity theft charges against two members of the Chinese state-sponsored hacking group APT-10, alleging that the APT-10 members hacked into American organizations and stole personally identifiable information on more than 100,000 Navy personnel.






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NASA

According to an internal memo obtained by SpaceRef, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) suffered a breach of employee personally identifiable information (PII), leaving civil service employees who worked for the agency from July 2006 to October 2018 potentially affected.






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Veterans Affairs VA Vets

Some of the largest federal agencies saw increases in scores for the 2018 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, released by the Partnership for Public Service, which measures employee engagement.






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The benefits of Software Defined Everything (SDE) – in which a physical infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as services on demand – will change the way we design, build, and test new applications. In a virtual environment, operational costs drop precipitously as the pace of innovation accelerates. Containerization – a way to virtually run separate […] […]

It’s hard to know for certain what the U.S. economy will look like in 10 years’ time, much less what the work day will look like. One thing we do know: As younger generations enter the workforce, they will bring new habits, technology, conventions, and expectations that will likely transform business and government. With the […] […]

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Artificial intelligence (AI) machines can out-think humans when it comes to a lot of complex, fine-grained tasks, such as detecting signs of cancer more accurately than doctors can, or finding exoplanets based on “dimming effect” data from distant solar systems. But what they don’t have is good old common sense, the ability to apply its knowledge, and the experience to various tasks humans can do from childhood.






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Before we can have a rational discussion about artificial intelligence (AI), we should probably cut through the hysteria surrounding it. Contrary to popular opinion, we’re not talking about machines that are going to rise up, steal our jobs, and render humans obsolete.






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