Innovation

Air Force Taps GSA to Fast-Track Cloud Platform Buy

The Air Force is partnering with the General Services Administration on a fast-track buying procedure to acquire a cloud-based development platform for artificial intelligence and “internet of things” applications.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Automating the Federal Future: Replay

FEMA CTO Ted Okada, White House/U.S. Digital Service Expert Clare Martorana, and Red Hat Chief Architect Adam Clater explore how automation and modernization can improve productivity, reliability, and security for federal agencies.

From ‘no’ to ‘go’: How we built a new feature for contractors in 48 hours

Innovation, as it turns out, is very much a team sport. Learn about how a small team at Bloomberg Government quickly created a new feature for government contractors in less than 48 hours.

Can companies make public services more efficient?

How a coin exchange company helped the federal government, and charities too.