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Government working to address extreme security threats from quantum computers

A future quantum computer would be able to break current internet encryption, meaning anyone with that tool could hack into previous financial transactions, medical records and national security secrets. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is working on post-quantum cryptography that can stand up to an attack by a quantum computer. Edward Parker, […]


CHIPS and Science Act will be ‘transformative’ if Congress follows through: Science policy writer

On Aug. 9, President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act. Much of the focus has been on how the money will affect the semiconductor industry, but the legislation is also intended to revitalize American competition in other science and tech industries. The funding would be “pretty transformative” for agencies, said Mitch Ambrose, science policy […]


Workforce development necessary to strengthen semiconductor supply chain, experts say

Earlier this year, the White House said a semiconductor shortage could cause historic damage to the United States, undercut technological competitiveness and give adversaries a military advantage. Since then, the $52 billion CHIPS Act passed to ramp up semiconductor production in the U.S. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) just released a preliminary report on the […]


TSA ‘very close’ to being able to screen people as they walk, says official

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), began screening passengers over 20 years ago. Now the agency is modernizing its technology and expanding capacity. Darby LaJoye, executive assistant administrator for security operations at TSA, said the agency is “very close” to […]


US Digital Corps fellows tackle major projects across government

The General Services Administration (GSA) has announced its first group of 40 U.S. Digital Corps fellows. Serving across 13 federal agencies, the group will tackle priority projects in areas like data science and analytics and cybersecurity. Some of the projects the fellows are tasked with include working with personnel data at the Office of Personnel […]


NSF starts new directorate to meet ‘moment of intense global competition’: Director

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has created a new Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships. Government Matters’ Mimi Geerges spoke with NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan. The purpose of the directorate is to rapidly translate ideas into technological solutions in “a moment of intense global competition,” Panchanathan explained. This involves working with industry and economic development […]


NSA works to address ‘really concerning’ cyber threats

The National Security Agency (NSA) established a cybersecurity directorate in 2019 with the goal of protecting the Defense Department (DoD), national security systems and the defense industrial base from cyber attacks. NSA Director of Cybersecurity Rob Joyce oversees that directorate. There is a shared understanding around the world of the ‘really concerning’ cyber tactics China […]

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DoD releases precise guidance for employees on using AI responsibly

Getting artificial intelligence right for the American warfighter and ensuring public trust in this area are critical. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) recently released a “Responsible Artificial Intelligence Strategy and Implementation Pathway.” Jane Pinelis, chief of AI assurance at the DoD Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, said the document provides “very precise” guidance to the […]

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