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Mohana Ravindranath

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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Startup-Friendly Bill Would Remove Visa Caps, Regulations For Entrepreneurs

September 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bipartisan group of senators wants to usher in a prosperous new era for domestic startups, and on Thursday introduced a wide-ranging bill that aims to make it easier to form new ventures. The Startup Act proposes to create 50,000 limited visas for foreign students who obtain advanced science, technology,...

OMB Data Guru: If Your Manager Doesn’t Get Open Data, Take Them To A Hackathon

September 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hackathons and data jams are creeping into the White House’s general technology strategy, an Office of Management and Budget analyst shared this week. Kristen Honey, a senior policy analyst within OMB’s Office of the Chief Information Officer, said exposing government managers to technology-themed meetups—including data jams in which people gather...

How U.S. Digital Service’s Login.gov Team Works With Other Agencies

September 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The team working on Login.gov, a single authentication system that could let citizens access many government services online, has a staff dedicated to peddling that product to other agencies, according to Joel Minton, who directs login.gov. The Login.gov module is currently used by Customs and Border Protection for the CBP...

FDA Wants To Fast Track Health Products From Apple, Fitbit

September 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple, Fitbit and Samsung could soon be cleared to sell digital health-related products without undergoing a rigorous federal approval process for each product. The Food and Drug Administration is running a pilot that would precertify certain companies to develop and sell health technology, shifting the focus to evaluating the manufacturers...

Pentagon Cuts Mobile Device Costs By Half

September 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon’s phone bills just got a lot cheaper. The Defense Information Systems Agency slashed the device rates from $7.50 a month per device to $4.30 for smartphones and tablets for used for unclassified purposes. Devices accessing classified networks will soon cost $59 a month, down from $130 a month...

Survey: Most CIOs Say a Majority of Their Applications Are Out of Date

September 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow About 72 percent of federal chief information officers said the majority of applications in their agencies are legacy systems, a new survey finds. Less than half of respondents said that their agencies were “more effective at identifying and mitigating cyber risk today than we were a year ago,” according to...

Rep. Hurd’s Solution For Tech Talent Shortage: 10 Day Tours of Duty

September 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If one lawmaker gets his way, a corps of tech companies will contribute a handful of employees to the federal government each quarter, for ten days at a time. It’s part of a plan Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, calls the “Cyber National Guard,” and he and his legislative staff are...

DHS Commercializes Two Nature-Themed Cyber Products

September 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has successfully transitioned two federally funded pieces of cybersecurity technology to be marketed to the commercial tech sector. Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory modeled MLSTONES and Digital Ants after phenomena found in nature. MLSTONES is a set of algorithms that use principles from protein...

What’s Blockchain’s Role In The Public Good?

September 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some federal agencies are experimenting with Blockchain—the same decentralized ledger system that keeps a record of every Bitcoin transaction—as a means for tracking adjustments to certain documents. The General Services Administration, for instance, is investigating using Blockchain as a piece of a pilot that aims to automate the process by...

Vint Cerf's Think Tank: Internet Rulemaking Is Going to Get More Complicated

September 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A nonprofit founded by Google’s chief internet evangelist has an urgent message for governments globally: governments and society need to collaborate on tech policy. In a new report from the Internet Society, a think tank founded by Vint Cerf, authors recommend governments take a “multistakeholder” approach—inviting members of the public...