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FCW Insider: April 30

The Silicon Valley Innovation Program at DHS is notifying potential participants that solicitations could be cancelled due to lack of funding. The problem? Congress turned off the Department of Homeland Security's other transaction authority in the approps bill that passed in February. Adam Mazmanian has more.

A team of U.S. Air Force artificial intelligence and autonomy researchers aim to make it easier for AI tools to be shared from the laboratory to the field. Lauren C. Williams reports on plans for a new software zone of trust.

Following months of contract talk breakdowns, public protests and grievances, the Department of Health and Human Services is preparing to finalize its collective bargaining agreement before week's end over objections from the federal union representing its employees. Chase Gunter has the story.

A new Government Accountability Office report lays out best practices that federal agencies should put in place to align their IT purchasing with the FITARA rules of the road. Get more from Derek B. Johnson.

Quick Hits

*** A new GAO report digs into what federal agencies need to do to reform human resources practices to prepare for the future of work.

*** General Dynamics Information Technology has spun off its Next Generation 911 line of business that supports state and local governments in a sale to Comtech. About 60 GDIT employees have joined Comtech as result of the deal. It's the latest in a series of divestitures in the wake of GDIT's acquisition of CSRA last year. Washington Technology has more.

*** Is artificial intelligence a threat to democracy? Boise State University professor Steven Feldstein argues in GCN that rapidly expanding AI systems are making it easier for even open governments to utilize potentially repressive surveillance technology.

Posted on Apr 30, 2019 at 12:45 AM


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