Technology & Cybersecurity

Driverless Cars Stall in Congress as Trial Lawyers Drop Support

A group representing trial lawyers is opposing legislation on self-driving vehicles after backing one section of the bill earlier this week, saying changes to other areas of the draft bill would harm consumer rights.

The American Association for Justice said Monday it could support key arbitration and preemption language in one section of the AV START (S. 1885) bill, which creates the first federal framework for self-driving technology.

Trump’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy Arrives This Spring

The Trump administration will release a national strategy for artificial intelligence in the spring of 2019, according to a senior White House official.

The strategy will focus on setting priorities for investment in AI-related research and development, preparing the U.S. workforce for the economic opportunities and challenges posed by AI, and identifying ways to preserve the U.S.’s technological advantage, said Lynn Parker, assistant director of artificial intelligence at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), at a Dec. 4 conference.

FAA Competes $500 Million Flight Scheduling Technology Contract

The Federal Aviation Administration released a market survey on Nov. 5 for the recompete of a 10-year, $500 million contract known as Time Based Flow Management (TBFM).

FAA’s Time Based Flow Management is a NextGen aviation system used to optimize planning of airport arrivals and departures using flight, radar, GPS and weather data.

The Largest Federal Contract Is About to Get Bigger: This Is IT

Use of the General Services Administration’s Schedule 70 for information technology products and services has decreased substantially in the last decade, but recent trends indicate that’s about to change.

In fiscal 2010, $9.1 billion in task-order obligations went through IT-70. In fiscal 2017, just $6.3 billion was spent through the schedule.

Nat’l Lab: Help Us Bring Homegrown Anti-Malware Tool to Market

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have patented a cybersecurity technology that uses an innovative technique to detect cyber threats. Their goal: find an industry partner to bring it to the commercial market.

Amazon Could Boost Washington Influence With Addition of Hub

Placing one of its new headquarters in northern Virginia would expand an already significant inside-the-Beltway presence for Amazon.com Inc., which has more than a dozen federal lobbying firms working on its behalf and whose chief executive, Jeff Bezos, owns The Washington Post.

New Congress Promises More Scrutiny of Trump IT Agenda

Leading Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are promising greater scrutiny of the Trump administration and its policies when they take over the majority in the 116th Congress. One item on the agenda appears to be the president’s approach to federal technology modernization.

What IBM’s $34B Red Hat Deal Means for Federal IT

International Business Machines Corp. shook up the technology world Oct. 28 when it announced its $34 billion acquisition of open-source software leader Red Hat Inc. The deal – the largest in IBM’s 107-year history – has the potential to reshape the cloud computing market and could affect federal agencies’ plans for modernizing their IT infrastructure.

Pentagon ‘Rebel Alliance’ Uses Hacking to Find Cyber Skywalkers

The Defense Department’s digital team is launching a series of new hacking-centric initiatives in the hopes of recruiting skilled cybersecurity professionals – from both outside the Pentagon and among its active-duty members.

State-Level Drone Proposal At Odds With FAA, Industry Views

Drone industry groups are heading to Detroit today to weigh in on the drafting of model state legislation they say could cripple the commercial drone industry and flout the Federal Aviation Administration authority.

“There is a tremendous amount of industry interest in this proposal,” Joshua Turner, an attorney with Wiley Rein LLP who represents the drone trade group Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, told Bloomberg Government.