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Basic Services, Civil Service

GSA to study demographic equity in remote identity tech

September 26, 2022

Via: FCW

The agency plans to test the accuracy of tools like facial recognition software across different demographic groups. Read More on FCW


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Lawmakers are setting a tight schedule to avoid a government shutdown

September 21, 2022

Via: FCW

Congress is teeing up a tight series of votes to fund the government past Sept. 30, with lawmakers giving themselves little time to avoid a shutdown ahead of the looming deadline. The Senate—which is expected to act first on a […]


Basic Services, Civil Service

Law enforcement is searching for new ways to protect elections

September 15, 2022

Via: StateScoop

A new coalition of election administrators and law enforcement officials met in Washington on Wednesday to develop strategies for connecting their respective communities to push back against a rising tide of online and physical threats against the voting process. Members […]


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Commerce revises export rules to boost U.S. standards development on critical tech

September 9, 2022

Via: FCW

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security drew praise from industry leaders for nixing a license requirement to release technology controlled by Export Administration Regulations—so long as it is for “standards-related activity.” “This interim final rule … amends the […]


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HHS dinged on security from all sides

August 29, 2022

Via: FCW

The Department of Health and Human Services’ information security program is “not effective,” according to the latest Federal Information Systems Modernization Act audit conducted by the agency’s Office of Inspector General. The OIG’s report, released in April, identified deficiencies in […]


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Cyber is a team sport–here’s how the public and private sectors can play together

August 23, 2022

Via: FCW

Over the past year, we’ve seen the government take instrumental strides to improve the nation’s cybersecurity and combat the rise in cyberattacks targeted at the public sector. From the Cybersecurity Executive Order to the Zero Trust mandate, the Biden Administration […]


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A union is urging support for TSA workforce reform in the defense policy bill

August 22, 2022

Via: FCW

The American Federation of Government Employees also said they oppose a plan to delay the Defense Department’s return to one-year probationary periods for new employees. Read More on FCW


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A top senate democrat has asked DOJ to investigate missing Jan. 6 text messages

August 2, 2022

Via: FCW

A top Senate Democrat wants the Justice Department to take over investigating the missing text messages in the lead up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said it’s necessary for Justice […]


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Federal employee morale is falling, and one group thinks the Slow appointments process is to blame

July 14, 2022

Via: FCW

A good government group on Wednesday released its annual analysis of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, finding that across government, employee engagement and satisfaction fell 4.5 points from 2020 to 2021. Unlike the Office of Personnel Management, which pointed to […]


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Space runs on open source software. The U.S. Air Force is fine with that

July 14, 2022

Via: FCW

Open source software has a mixed reputation for security, yet it drives commercial space enterprises such as SpaceX and Starlink—and increasingly, U.S. military space efforts. But Lauren Barrett Knausenberger, the Air Force’s chief information officer, says her service has taken […]


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Pavement prioritization, trail sensors, QR codes: Cities getting smarter

May 26, 2022

Via: RCR Wireless News

How are some cities actually using IoT, new technologies and ever more sources of data? The mayors of three Indiana cities discussed their journeys with tech at a panel yesterday at an event highlighting Perdue University’s efforts to support and […]


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The public power option should be a community decision

May 12, 2022

Via: Utility Dive

​​​​Dozens of communities contact the American Public Power Association every year, seeking information on public power and the process of forming a public power utility. Currently, many cities are exploring public power as an avenue to achieve greater access to […]


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Arizona Public Service asks court to reverse ACC cost recovery, ROE decisions

April 29, 2022

Via: Utility Dive

APS has asked the Arizona Court of Appeals to reverse the ACC’s cost recovery disallowance and vacate the return on equity decision, as well as a 20-basis point penalty that regulators imposed for customer service issues. In 2020, an ACC […]


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GSA to study facial recognition tech with equity in mind

April 28, 2022

Via: FCW

The General Services is planning a study with 2,000 participants to help the agency decide whether to tap facial recognition tech for its Login.gov service. Read More on FCW


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White House looks to focus service delivery around ‘life events’

April 20, 2022

Via: FCW

The White House wants to fundamentally change the way Americans access government services and benefits by focusing on the “life experiences” of those seeking assistance. The effort was teed up in a December 2021 executive order on customer experience which, […]


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State Department announces first Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy

April 4, 2022

Via: FCW

The U.S. Department of State announced Monday the formation of its first Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy, an office emphasizing the digital modernization in the federal sphere that is a key mission within the Biden administration. Some of the […]


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Biden’s 2023 budget includes $65B for civilian agency IT

March 28, 2022

Via: FCW

The White House is looking for a $300 million boost for the Technology Modernization Fund and big increases in cyber and IT spending across the board. Read More on FCW


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The White House shares new details on plan to bring more feds back in April

March 4, 2022

Via: FCW

The Biden administration plans to significantly expand the number of in-person services available to Americans at federal agencies next month, calling on civil servants to lead by example in getting U.S. workers back to their normal offices and duty stations. […]


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IRS will pivot to GSA’s Login.gov after this tax season

February 22, 2022

Via: FCW

The tax agency is modifying its use of the ID.me identity proofing service for the current tax season, but plans to switch to the federal government’s homegrown solution after the 2022 filing deadline. Read More on FCW


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Texas launches mobile app for government services

January 31, 2022

Via: StateScoop

The Texas Department of Information Resources on Monday announced the launch of a new mobile app designed to give the state’s residents access to a variety of government-agency services through a single access point. The Texas by Texas app, or […]