Technology & Cybersecurity

Self-Driving Cars Won’t Ride on Aviation Bill, Thune Says

The Senate’s self-driving car bill (S. 1885) will have to find another vehicle to the floor now that Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is no longer seeking to attach it to an aviation bill, he told Bloomberg Government.

Can Pentagon Bridge Artificial Intelligence’s ‘Valley of Death’?

With a $2 billion investment in artificial intelligence research and development from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon signaled its commitment to outspend the U.S.’s international rivals in an effort to maintain its technological advantage.

Senators Moving to Expedite Vote to Create DHS Cyber Agency

Senators are trying to expedite unanimous passage of legislation that would authorize a new Department of Homeland Security agency to combat cyber threats. “We’re going to try to get that hotlined,” Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told Bloomberg Government.

E-Scooter Companies to Ride Out Florence Indoors, Not on Street

E-scooter companies such as Bird are taking steps to ensure their vehicles won’t accidentally take flight when Hurricane Florence makes landfall, several companies say. At least three electric scooter companies with vehicles in the projected path of the storm are moving their scooters and bikes to storage as the storm approaches.

Cloud Services Market Expected to Hit All-Time High

Cloud services contract obligations may increase by about 32 percent in fiscal 2018, according to an analysis by Bloomberg Government. Obligations are on track to reach $6.5 billion in fiscal 2018, based on historical spending at this point in the fiscal year. That’s up from $4.9 billion in fiscal 2017 and would mark the eighth consecutive year of market increases.

Microsoft OK to Help Candidates Curb Cyber Threats, FEC Says

Microsoft Corp. may offer special cybersecurity assistance to political candidates without violating campaign finance rules against corporate contributions, the Federal Election Commission ruled.

Microsoft asked for the FEC’s approval of a plan to offer “enhanced online security services” to “election sensitive customers” as part of a new initiative called “Account Guard.” The program responds to heightened concerns following Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Which Agencies Will Spend Big on IT This Month?

The federal government is expected to spend $13.3 billion on unclassified information technology before the end of September, according to a Bloomberg Government analysis.

Introducing the $15.5 Billion Federal Telecom Market

Government telecommunications contracts are often baked into the overall information technology market. This makes it hard to pinpoint the size of the federal telecom market, understand how agencies are buying telecom products and services, and plan for future telecom spending. Bloomberg Government has created a new telecommunications market in its Contracts Intelligence Tool to help solve that problem.

Five Ways Futures Command Could Alter IT Acquisition

The Army’s new Futures Command will rely on information technology to achieve its mission, and that could open up opportunities for IT contractors in Austin, Texas, and across the U.S.

Tech Firms Signal Tougher Stand on Online Political Interference

Three of the world’s largest technology companies, Microsoft Corp., Facebook Inc., and Twitter Inc., announced they have taken down web domains and social media accounts associated with foreign groups suspected of attempting to interfere in the U.S. political process.