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Jack Corrigan

Staff Correspondent Jack Corrigan covers emerging government technology and IT policy. He joined Nextgov as an editorial fellow in the summer of 2017 and previously wrote for publications around his hometown of Chicago. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.
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Report: Many Feds Don’t Believe the Hype About Emerging Tech

April 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Researchers found federal techies look at government IT the same way many see the Star Wars franchise: the newest installments might get tons of hype, but nothing can quite match the original trilogy. Similarly, today’s tech gurus make headlines evangelizing blockchain and artificial intelligence, but most government technologists think more...

Security Gaps Could Let Hackers Edit Government Spending Data, Watchdog Says

April 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A number of security gaps in the Treasury Department’s financial reporting system could leave the door open for online bad actors to tamper with the government’s spending data, a congressional watchdog found. The Government Accountability Office uncovered eight different flaws in the system used by the department’s Bureau of the...

Why Agencies Should Be Tech Agnostic When Solving Problems

April 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One government tech leader wants agencies to look at emerging technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence and automation the same way they see planes, trains and automobiles—three unique ways of accomplishing similar tasks. Each tool possesses its own strengths and weaknesses, but generally speaking, they’re all just different ways of “handling...

White House: 5 Percent of Government Jobs Could Be ‘Automated Entirely’

April 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Trump administration sees a critical role for automation in its long-term goal of building a smaller, more efficient federal workforce, according to a White House report. The Office of Personnel Management estimates automation could cut workloads for 60 percent of federal employees by about 30 percent and render nearly...

VA CIO Announces Immediate Departure

April 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department acting Chief Information Officer Scott Blackburn announced Tuesday he will step down from his post, effective immediately. VA Press Secretary Curt Cashour confirmed Blackburn's resignation to Nextgov, and said the agency "will be announcing his replacement shortly." One of the agency’s leading technology experts, Blackburn joined...

There's No Better Time to Pass Privacy Laws, Experts Say

April 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tech policy experts urged lawmakers to cash in on the current buzz around data privacy and enact broad, baseline standards for protecting personal information online. “If there’s ever a moment … to do something about privacy that would protect all Americans and ensure innovation for all Americans that benefits consumers...

Lawmakers Question FBI’s Push for Backdoors in Encrypted Devices

April 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bipartisan crew of 10 House lawmakers took FBI Director Christopher Wray to task Friday following an inspector general report that found the bureau rushed to court to force Apple to help it break into the encrypted iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook in 2015 without exploring other...

How Lawmakers Want to Rein in Facebook

April 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If lawmakers learned one thing from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s marathon testimony on Capitol Hill this week, it’s that reining in the social media giant and tech industry as a whole may prove more difficult than they thought. Zuckerberg fielded questions from two congressional panels on a slew of topics...

How the IRS Cut Tax Season Headaches by 19 percent

April 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Every year millions of people call the IRS with questions about filing taxes, but researchers found many of those conversations could be avoided with a little bit of early outreach. By communicating basic information earlier in the tax-filing process, the agency can significantly improve customer experience and reduce taxpayer questions,...

GSA Is Giving a Bird's Eye View of Emerging Government Tech

April 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Keeping up with emerging technology in government can make you feel like the lame kid in high school: When there’s a party, you don’t usually hear about it. A new initiative at the General Services Administration aims to loop any interested feds in on the latest efforts to roll out...