Cyberattack, financial services

Ransomware epidemic prompting firms to rethink information sharing

The surge in ransomware attacks could have the unintended effect of getting reticent companies to share cyber threat indicators with government.

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U.S.-EU data deal won't end cross-border data uncertainty

A final endorsement from the European Commission is likely this summer, but despite American clarifications, Europeans are likely to keep challenging U.S. data practices.

Can government get digital services to stick?

What top digital leaders say is needed for true transformation.

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Flawed data complicates criminal justice AI

A White House effort is looking to eradicate biases from crime data, to make it more useful in machine-learning applications.

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It's time to trash your legacy system and rewrite from scratch

At least one federal tech chief has become convinced that instead of prolonged, incremental modernization of legacy IT, agencies should just rewrite their entire systems in a modern environment.

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Can federal IT lead the way in secure cloud?

Scale, security and compliance requirements make moving to the cloud challenging for federal CIOs, but the FedRAMP program provides a viable path forward.

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Can new tech speed airport security lines?

The head of the Transportation Security Administration faced tough questions from lawmakers on speeding airport screening lines.

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Carper takes on acquisition in NDAA amendment

A proposed amendment to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act seeks to make broad but incremental changes to acquisition rules across government.

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IRS chooses security over accessibility

The tax agency relaunched Get Transcript with a security setup that it plans to incorporate into other tools, and acknowledged that not all taxpayers will be able to access the new system.

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After short vacancy, Education gets new CIO

Transportation Department veteran Jason Gray quietly took the tech reins at Education late last month.

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Biden announces public cancer database

Vice President Joe Biden, the public face of the administration's Cancer Moonshot, announced the release of the National Cancer Institute's Genomic Data Commons, a public-facing data platform that allows researchers to access, analyze and upload genomic health data to advance cancer research.

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White House laments Cold War-era R&D structure

"Too often, the most agile and innovative companies are unwilling to work with government," the Office of Science and Technology Policy document says.

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