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  1. NOAA Sets Strategy to Coordinate Agency-Wide AI Effort

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Feb. 18 released its Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy that aims to coordinate efforts to use AI technologies across the agency.

  2. Veterans Affairs VA Vets VA’s National AI Institute Facing Workforce, Partnership, and Scalability Challenges

    At the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the newly formed National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institute (NAII) is facing trouble with its workforce retainment, external partnerships, and interagency scalability, Director Gil Alterovitz said Feb. 18.

  1. Air Force AFRL Solicits Papers on IC Info Sharing Tech

    The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is asking for white papers by May 1 on information sharing technologies to be used within parts of the Intelligence Community.

  2. GSA General Services Administration GSA Looking for Assistant FAS Commissioner Candidates

    The General Services Administration (GSA) is looking for candidates for the open position of Assistant Commissioner for Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS) within the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

  3. New Survey Highlights milCloud® 2.0 Migration Progress and Opportunity for Acceleration

    A MeriTalk survey of 175 milCloud® 2.0 mission partners shows that while 86 percent believe migrating to milCloud® 2.0 will have a positive impact on Department of Defense (DoD) missions, just 21 percent of them are in the process of migrating to the service – pointing to an opportunity for additional training and resources to accelerate migration.

  4. Commerce Exposed Sensitive Data to Foreign Nationals

    A U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report found that Commerce exposed sensitive data to unvetted foreign nationals through poor security program controls.

  1. CISA, FBI Identify North Korean Hacking Operation

    The Department of Defense (DoD), Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) detailed a North Korean hacking operation that employs even pieces of malware.

  2. NMB Needs to Implement Recommendations for Information Security

    The National Mediation Board (NMB) has not yet fully implemented several Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommendations including those involving information privacy and information security.

  3. Sen. Markey Slams DHS Cellphone Data Purchase

    Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass., questioned the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) use of cellphone data for immigration enforcement in a Feb. 12 letter to the agency.

  4. CISA to act as Election Security Liaison Ahead of 2020

    The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is promising state and local election officials that it will be vigilant, trustworthy, and transparency about 2020 election security in the agency’s #Protect2020 Strategic Plan.

  5. Senate’s Huawei ‘Rip and Replace’ Bill Carries $726M Price Tag

    A Senate bill that would provide government funding for smaller communications service providers to remove equipment in their networks supplied by Huawei, ZTE and other China-based suppliers would cost $726 billion over ten years to implement, the Congressional Budget Office said on Feb. 11.

  6. MIT Researchers Raise Security, Privacy Concerns With Voatz App

    While the 2020 election cycle has been officially underway for less than a month, there have already been significant technology concerns. While the most notable tech concern was the Feb. 3 Iowa Caucus, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) raised additional concerns in a report published Feb. 13.

  7. Margaret Weichert to Leave OMB in March

    Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Margaret Weichert will be leaving government in mid-March to return to the private sector, MeriTalk has learned. 

  8. Alexander Gates Replacing Karen Evans as DoE Cyber Chief

    Department of Energy (DoE) Secretary Dan Brouillette announced in a Feb. 13 memo that Karen Evans will leave her post as assistant secretary for Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER). She will be succeeded by Alexander Gates.

  9. Sen. Gillibrand Drafts Data Privacy Legislation

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has drafted a bill that would create a U.S. Federal data strategy agency that would protect citizens' data and have the authority to enforce data practices across the U.S.

  10. GSA, Labor Department Launch AI CoE Project

    The General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are partnering on a new artificial intelligence (AI) Centers of Excellence (CoE) initiative.