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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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DHS Announces Finalists in Biothreat-Spotting Contest

February 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department on Wednesday named five finalists in its competition to design an early warning system to keep biological attacks at bay. Hosted by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate and National Biosurveillance Integration Center, the Hidden Signals Challenge calls on teams to design tools that use existing...

International Hackers Find 106 Bugs in U.S. Air Force Websites

February 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Breaking into a federal network usually gets you a one-way ticket behind bars, but sometimes hacking the government ends with a paycheck instead of a prison sentence. The Air Force paid out nearly $104,000 to a cohort of white-hat hackers as part of Hack the Air Force 2.0, the Pentagon’s...

More Money, Fewer Rules Could Help AI Grow, Experts Say

February 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Giving your kids more money and fewer rules might not be the best parenting strategy, but that’s how the government should treat the budding artificial intelligence industry, according to tech experts. Technologists from the private sector and academia got lawmakers up to speed on the current state of AI and...

Report: Most Feds Break Smartphone Security Rules

February 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The vast majority of federal agencies created policies to secure their employees’ mobile devices, but many people don’t follow the rules when it comes to smartphones, according to a report. In a recent survey, roughly three-quarters of federal IT and cybersecurity experts told researchers employees downloaded unauthorized apps to their...

Industry Weighs in on How the Government Can Fight Botnets

February 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government technologists must develop more partnerships with the private sector and flesh out security guidelines to stop botnets from knocking websites and networks offline, cybersecurity experts said. Cyber policy experts and telecommunications and technology trade groups weighed in on a draft report outlining the government’s plans to reduce cyber threats...

Trump Budget Gouges Non-Defense R&D by 19 Percent

February 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Trump administration plans to cut funding for federal researchers by about 1 percent next year, but the proposed budget would force virtually every agency besides the Pentagon to drastically tighten its research purse strings. The president’s budget proposal for fiscal 2019 allocates roughly $118.1 billion for federal research and...

State Department Lost 12% of its Foreign Affairs Specialists in Trump’s First 8 Months

February 12, 2018 The State Department’s civilian workforce shrunk more than 6 percent overall during the initial eight months of the Trump administration, but that figure masks significantly higher departure rates in critical areas of the country’s diplomatic apparatus. In December 2016, the department employed 2,580 people under the foreign affairs occupation series,...

Survey: 86% of Feds Would Use Robotic Automation If Possible

February 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than 60 percent of senior federal employees said they spend a moderate to considerable amount of time completing mundane tasks at work, and the vast majority would welcome software that automates those duties, researchers found. Nearly one-third of respondents in a recent survey said robotic process automation software—which automates...

State Department Lost 12% of its Foreign Affairs Specialists in Trump’s First 8 Months

February 9, 2018 The State Department’s civilian workforce shrunk more than 6 percent overall during the initial eight months of the Trump administration, but that figure masks significantly higher departure rates in critical areas of the country’s diplomatic apparatus. In December 2016, the department employed 2,580 people under the foreign affairs occupation series,...

Lawmakers Want to Curb Big Tech's Influence on Kids

February 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers are pressing Congress to update laws to shield children from the negative effects of social media and smartphones, and double down on efforts to check the power of tech industry titans. “[Technological] change is accelerating, and the government is unfortunately in a position where it’s never been worse at...