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Technocrat | February 15, 2019: Show Me the (AI) Money!

Before we dive into the news, let’s bid farewell to Opportunity, one of two NASA rovers sent to Mars in 2004. During its 15 years of exploration, the rover sent some impressive images from the Red Planet, and this slideshow captures the magnitude of that journey.

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Technocrat | February 11, 2019: JEDI Leads the Way

Things had been fairly quiet on the JEDI front since the Government Accountability Office denied Oracle’s bid protest of the Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud contract. In return, Oracle filed a pre-award injunction with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims back in December.

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Technocrat | February 4, 2019: The Aftermath

Things appear to be back to normal (for now) since the government has reopened after the month-long partial shutdown. But many federal agencies and their employees are still recovering–and may be for a while.

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Technocrat | January 28, 2019: Big Spenders

It’s hard to focus on anything beside the partial government shutdown, which has dragged into its third week with no resolution in sight. Federal agencies and their employees are feeling the effects. At the Transportation Security Administration, the shutdown is preventing the agency from moving ahead with its $230 million contract consolidation, delaying data-security efforts.

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Technocrat | January 22, 2019: Risky (Cyber) Business

Cyberattacks are becoming more sophisticated. That’s why the Army is looking for equally sophisticated technologies—like artificial intelligence and machine learning—to defend its networks against such attacks.

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Technocrat | January 14, 2019: No End in Sight

It’s hard to focus on anything beside the partial government shutdown, which has dragged into its third week with no resolution in sight. Federal agencies and their employees are feeling the effects. At the Transportation Security Administration, the shutdown is preventing the agency from moving ahead with its $230 million contract consolidation, delaying data-security efforts.

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Technocrat | January 7, 2019: Top Technology Headlines to Kick Off 2019

Remember when the movies promised us we’d be accustomed to advanced technology like flying cars by 2019? Well, for those of you still allowed to check your government email, does 2019 feel all that advanced? The year has gotten off to a shaky start for the federal government, which continues to deal with a partial shutdown and its side effects. A federal employees union filed a lawsuit last week against the Trump administration, claiming more than 400,000 staff members have been forced to work without pay.

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Technocrat | December 26, 2018: All Eyes on E-Commerce

Tensions were high last week, as lawmakers pleaded with President Donald Trump to sign a stop-gap spending bill, which the Senate passed on Dec. 19, to avoid a partial government shutdown. Yet President Trump held his ground, saying a shutdown would last “for a very long time” if Congress didn’t meet his request.

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Technocrat | December 17, 2018: Score Big or Go Home

What’s New This Week: Score Big or Go Home “Mr. Monopoly” made an appearance on Capitol Hill last week to remind all of us that tech giants profit from personal data and there’s not much we can do about it. A mustachioed activist dressed as Monopoly’s famous mascot attended a hearing where Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before […]

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Technocrat | December 7, 2018: Al Is Here to Stay

What’s New This Week: AI Is Here to Stay Last week the nation bid farewell to the 41st U.S. president, George H.W. Bush, who left a legacy beyond his presidency. During his time in the White House, Bush was responsible for several IT reforms by which the government still operates. In a time before iPhones and social media, […]