Tag Archives: White House

OMB’s Russell Vought on Developing AI Regulations

Artificial Intelligence

Russell Vought, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has asked U.S. department and agency heads to reduce "unnecessary barriers" to artificial intelligence innovation and growth in compliance with the Executive Order 13859 that seeks to maintain U.S. advantage in AI. Agencies are also encouraged to collaborate with private sector standard-setting organizations on the effort.

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Select Committee Offers Recommendations for Using Cloud to Help Advance AI Research

AI Research

The Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence has issued a report outlining four recommendations for how the federal government can help improve the use of cloud computing resources in support of federally funded research-and-development work on AI. Those recommendations are launching and supporting pilot projects to explore the challenges and advantages related to the use of commercial cloud platforms in conducting AI research. 

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USAF Vet Scott Francis O’Grady to be Nominated DoD Asst Secretary for Int’l Security Affairs

Department of Defense

President Trump intends to nominate Scott Francis O’Grady, who served as a U.S. Air Force officer for 12 years, to be assistant secretary for international security affairs at the Department of Defense (DoD), the White House announced Tuesday. O'Grady is a former USAF fighter pilot who penned the book, "Return With Honor."

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House Committee Chairs Urge Federal Agencies to Observe Data Preservation Measures

Capitol Hill

More than 50 federal agencies have received communications from top House Democrats requesting their compliance with record and document preservation requirements as the representatives prepare for the presidential transition. In their letters to 53 agencies, the House committee chairs emphasized the government's obligation to save and archive any Congress-requested information "in a manner that is easily retrievable."

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Trump Eyes Nomination of Sean Plankey as DHS Asst Director

Sean Plankey

President Trump plans to nominate Sean Plankey to serve as assistant director for infrastructure security at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Plankey currently serves as principal deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity, energy security and emergency response at the Department of Energy (DOE). Before DOE, he held the role of director for cyber policy at the National Security Council

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GAO Assesses 5G Strategy Against Six Key Characteristics of Effective National Strategies

5G

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has examined the National Strategy to Secure 5G released by the White House in March 2020 and found that the document partially addressed five of the six desirable characteristics for an effective national strategy. GAO called on the assistant to the president for national security affairs to collaborate with the National Security Council (NSC) and National Economic Council. 

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OSTP Launches New Website, Report on Quantum Info Science; Michael Kratsios Quoted

Michael Kratsios

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has unveiled a new website and a report that identifies priority areas that require continued research to advance quantum information science. The Quantum Frontiers Report was based on insights from federal, academic and industry leaders and determines areas for continued QIS research. 

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Donald Trump to Nominate Former Airman Brian Davis for Assistant Defense Secretary Role

Brian Davis

President Trump intends to nominate Brian Davis, director of the Defense Personnel and Family Support Center, for the role of assistant defense secretary for manpower and reserve affairs. Davis brings years of U.S. Air Force experience, having served as an officer with the 77th Air Refueling Squadron, the 459th Operations Group and the 507th Air Refueling Wing.

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Michael Kratsios: Agencies Should Conduct Trade-Off Analysis as They Adopt AI

Michael Kratsios

Michael Kratsios, U.S. chief technology officer and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said government officials should analyze the trade-offs as they push the adoption of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. Kratsios said the guidelines would provide agencies clarity on how to look at the benefits of those technologies and assess them. 

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