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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 […]


NIH works to revolutionize understanding of brain in health and disease

The human brain remains one of the greatest mysteries in science and one of the biggest challenges in medicine. The National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative is funding research that’s beginning to unlock the mystery. John Ngai, director of the initiative, said the mission is to revolutionize understanding […]

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CISA executive director on stepping in during ‘pivotal time’ after 2020 election

Just after the 2020 presidential election, Brandon Wales suddenly found himself acting director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), leading the country through some of the worst cyber and ransomware attacks on government and private networks. Wales said he became acting director at a “pivotal time” after Chris Krebs was fired and that […]

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