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Mohana Ravindranath

Staff Correspondent Mohana Ravindranath covers civilian agency technology and IT policy for Nextgov. She previously covered IT for the Washington Post, and her work has also appeared in Business Insider and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Senate Confirms GSA Leader

December 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Emily Webster Murphy to head up the federal government’s buying hub, a move that has drawn support from technology contracting groups who think her appointment could be good for business. Murphy has previously served as a senior adviser at the General Services Administration, where she...

GSA, NASA, Other Agencies Update Shutdown Guidance

December 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the first time since 2015, some agencies updated the shutdown guidance plans that outline which employees and systems continue to work if the government shuts down. Congress has until Friday to work out a short-term deal. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J. filed a continuing resolution this weekend that could stave...

GAO: Feds Aren’t Doing Enough for Minority Tech Workers

December 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Female, black and Hispanic employees are underrepresented in the technology sector compared to the general workforce, and federal agencies could be doing more about it, a watchdog report concludes. As of 2015, about 33 percent of technology professionals were minorities, compared to about 26 percent in 2005, according to a...

Government Sued Over Tattoo Recognition Technology

December 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A privacy advocacy group is suing the Commerce, Justice and Homeland Security departments for information about its research into technology that could scan peoples’ tattoos to reliably identify them or link them to gangs. The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit this week against participants in the “Tattoo Recognition Technology...

Congress Wants to Ditch Security Questions

November 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Citizens should get used to the fact that most of their personal information already is, or will be, public because of constant data breaches, a Congressional committee warned. A recent large-scale intrusion into credit bureau Equifax is just one example. Another is a state-sponsored Chinese hack exposed 22 million peoples’...

Thousands Apply to Trump's Drone Pilot Program

November 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump issued a mandate last month that would roll back some “overly burdensome” Federal Aviation Administration regulations on drone use. The new initiative proposes to set up “innovation zones” in certain state and local jurisdictions where drone operators could test the technology outside the visual line of sight,...

GAO: FCC Needs to Consider How Connected Toasters Could Clog the Spectrum

November 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Amid controversy surrounding a Federal Communications Commission plan to dismantle net neutrality, a federal watchdog warns that the agency should be keeping an eye on the internet of things. Phones, cameras, cars, traffic sensors and fitness trackers make up part of a global network of billions of devices known as...

Report: Government Websites Are (Somehow) Getting Worse

November 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow About 91 percent of federal websites failed a tech-focused think tank assessment incorporating speed, accessibility and security, and more of them failed a load-time test, compared to last year. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation analyzed almost 500 federal websites and benchmarked them against its analysis from last year, which...

Trump Administration Has Talked Up Social Media Vetting, But It’s Nothing New

November 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some federal agencies are spending more money mining people’s social media accounts than they were a few years ago, but the increase doesn’t seem related to President Donald Trump promoting the practice. Since Trump took office, his administration has rankled privacy advocates by proposing to thoroughly vet immigrants and visitors’...

The Government Wants A Handheld Synthetic Drug Detector

November 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow First responders rushing to the scene of drug overdoses are themselves at risk of exposure to potent chemicals, and a new federal research effort aims to help reduce that risk. The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Pentagon’s research arm and development unit are looking for devices that...