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Report: White House Asks Tech Firms’ Aid in Federal IT Modernization Via ‘Tours of Duty’

The White House has called on technology companies to perform short “tours of duty” to help the federal government carry out information technology modernization initiatives, Recode reported Thursday. Jared Kushner, head of the Office of American Innovation, and other presidential advisers held a private call with representatives from Apple, Google, …

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Federal Agency Participants Develop Virtual Assistant Prototypes Under GSA’s Citizen Tech Initiative

The General Services Administration has hosted a “hackathon” that gathered participants from various federal agencies to build prototypes of artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistants such as voice-activated systems, chatbots, intelligent websites and automated call centers. Justin Herman, manager of social media and digital engagement programs at GSA’s Technology Transformation Service, wrote in an blog post published …

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Report: Michelle Lee Steps Down as USPTO Director

Michelle Lee has resigned from her role as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office after a five-year career at the agency, Reuters reported Tuesday. Former President Barack Obama nominated Lee for the USPTO leadership position in 2014 and the Senate confirmed her nomination in March 2015. Lee previously held the roles of interim …

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Senate Bill Would Establish DHS ‘Bug Bounty’ Program

Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) have introduced a bill that seeks to establish a bug bounty pilot program to boost the Department of Homeland Security‘s cyber defense. The Hack Department of Homeland Security Act would require DHS to enlist “white-hat” or ethical hackers to report vulnerabilities within its networks and data systems, …

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DoD Advisory Board OKs Weapon Vulnerability Assessment, Machine Learning Advancement

The Defense Innovation Advisory Board on Monday cleared a dozen recommendations that seek to help the Defense Department maintain its technological edge as well as manage its operations, culture and processes, DoD News reported Monday. Some of the recommendations approved by the 15-member advisory board during its second meeting at the Pentagon include …

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