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FCW Insider: April 19

Good morning, and welcome to this morning's FCW Insider.  Here's what happened while the rest of the world was reading the Mueller Report:

Artificial intelligence has the potential to upend the federal workforce, and the White House wants agencies to get ready.  Lynne Parker, the assistant director for AI at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, sketched some of the priorities at an April 18 event.  Chase Gunter was there

The Internal Revenue Service has rolled out an ambitious IT modernization plan that seeks to create, tweak or retire at least 20 systems, programs and applications at the agency. Derek Johnson has the details.

Research for the Air Force's newly released 2030 Science and Technology Strategy surfaced some 1,500 ideas for both technologies and business processes. Lauren Williams reports on some of the ones the made the cut.

Small businesses remain a key part of the federal IT ecosystem, but the roles they play are evolving.  Mark Rockwell checks in on the discussions at the 29th Annual Federal Procurement Conference.

The Government Accountability Office wants to know why the FBI has not yet assessed whether its facial recognition systems meet privacy and accuracy standards -- a problem GAO flagged nearly three years ago.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity wants an automated and AI-powered way to to monitor satellite imagery and other geospatial intelligence for for signs of construction and other "anthropogenic changes." GCN has more details on the effort.

ProPublica, meanwhile, reports that Transportation Security Administration body scanners are flagging black women's hairstyles as potentially dangerous objects.

Also, a special note for our readers in industry: Washington Technology this week announced Power Training -- a daylong professional development course on Mastering Stakeholder Engagement. The first session is May 3; click here to learn more.

Posted on Apr 19, 2019 at 12:36 AM


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