Carol Collins

Bipartisan Senate Bills Seek to Implement Commission’s National AI Strategy

National AI Strategy

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., have introduced two bills that call for the implementation of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence’s (NSCAI) recommendations to bolster AI-related research and development, talent recruitment and transparency efforts in the government. Congress established NSCAI as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act to recommend strategies to drive government adoption of the technology.

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IRS Builds Contract Award Timeframe Forecasting Tool; Shanna Webbers Quoted

IRS Timeframe

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has built a predictive model-based online application that seeks to provide an immediate answer to the question “when will a contract be signed?” The Projected Contract Award Date app uses an algorithm designed to estimate the number of days before a contract is awarded in the agency’s Integrated Financial System-Procurement for the Public Sector, the IRS said.

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Navy Warfare Center, Thermal Compaction Group to Collaborate on Plastic Waste Processor Development

Naval Sea Systems Command

A Naval Sea Systems Command warfare center in Maryland has partnered with U.K.-based Thermal Compaction Group to create a system for processing shipboard-generated waste for the U.S. Navy. The Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division said Tuesday it wants to help build the service branch's next-generation feed plastic waste processor through a cooperative research and development agreement with TCG.

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GAO Recommends Policy Options for DOD’s Alternative PNT Tech Pursuit

Defense Navigation

The Government Accountability Office has proposed six measures to help the Department of Defense address challenges associated with the development and integration of alternative position, navigation and timing technologies. GAO said Monday it came up with policy recommendations after the government audit agency reviewed efforts at the department to develop backup PNT or complementary systems to GPS.

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Robert Cabana Appointed NASA Associate Administrator; Bill Nelson Quoted

Robert Cabana

Robert Cabana, director of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, has been promoted to serve as associate administrator of the space agency starting on May 17th. Jurczyk is due to retire from NASA on Friday after a 32-year career, while KSC Deputy Director Janet Petro will serve as the center’s acting director when Cabana transitions to his new role.

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DARPA Program Aims to Configure Interconnected Military Networks With Autonomy Software; Mary Schurgot Quoted

MINC Project

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking ideas for the development of software that could facilitate autonomous configuration of interconnected military communications and information technology networks. DARPA said Friday that it wants to create a system that would support interoperability between heterogeneous tactical networks in modern warfare as part of the Mission-Integrated Network Control (MINC) program.

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National AI Initiative Office Launches Online Portal for Programs, Initiatives

Artificial Intelligence

The White House's National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office has launched the AI.gov website to offer public information about federal initiatives and programs related to the emerging technology. Lynne Parker, deputy U.S. chief technology officer and director of NAIIO, wrote in an official post Wednesday the online resource is designed to help site visitors learn how they can pursue AI opportunities and what the government is doing to facilitate its adoption.

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Susie Perez Quinn Appointed NASA Chief of Staff; Bill Nelson Quoted

Susie Perez Quinn

Susie Perez Quinn, formerly director of government relations at the National Governors Association, has joined NASA as chief of staff and she will oversee day-to-day operations at the space agency's Washington, D.C., headquarters. Quinn will also help NASA Administrator William Nelson craft policies and programs. 

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DOD OKs Vulnerability Search on Department’s Public IT Systems; Brett Goldstein Quoted

Brett Goldstein

The Department of Defense (DOD) has informed ethical hackers that they can now look for security issues across DOD's publicly available information systems under its expanded Vulnerability Disclosure Program. "This expansion is a testament to transforming the government's approach to security and leapfrogging the current state of technology within DOD," said Brett Goldstein, the director of the Defense Digital Service.

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NOAA Aims to Expand AI Tech Adoption; Sid-Ahmed Boukabara Quoted

Artificial Intelligence

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration aims to increase artificial intelligence-related research coordination and partnership efforts through its own virtual AI hub. NOAA intends for its AI center to serve as a data resource that government personnel and the general public can access for purposes such as algorithm and application development. 

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