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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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Could Whale Migration Be the Key to Smarter Naval Operations?

September 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The way marine animals migrate or decide to settle in certain environments could be the key to more tactically sophisticated naval operations. A military research project aims to observe marine life, reframing the organisms living on the water’s surface and below the surface as “living sensors” that could “greatly increase...

Here's How the Government Could Better Track Contract Spending

September 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow All legal entities in the world should subscribe to a common identification system, so the public can track their relationships, according to a new report. Doing so could disrupt the monopoly Dun & Bradstreet has on the identification numbers contractors use to work with the federal government. But if the...

Transportation Department Shares Road Map for Self-Driving Cars

September 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Self-driving cars are the key to drastically reducing traffic fatalities, according to a new safety blueprint from the Transportation Department. The guidance is designed to encourage the public and private sectors to invest in and develop self-driving and automated driving systems over the next several years. By using sensor systems...

Industry’s Case Against Shared Services

September 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump’s cybersecurity executive order directs agencies to share more of their tech services, like payroll and human resources management systems, in an effort to also unify their cybersecurity protections. But not everyone thinks consolidating services is the federal government’s best bet for robust cybersecurity, including representatives from IBM...

Federal Government Needs a Gatekeeper for Data-based Reform

September 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government could soon have an agency dedicated to applying statistical analyses to policy-making if a federal advisory committee has its way. The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, spawned from a bill co-written by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., was tasked with recommending ways federal agencies can...

Watchdog: Agencies Aren’t Even Trying To Meet Data Center Optimization Goals

September 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most agencies aren’t even trying to meet White House goals for using data centers more efficiently, a watchdog report concludes. A 2016 Office of Management and Budget mandate requires federal agencies to revisit their data center strategies and look for ways to save money, fortify their cybersecurity, and, when appropriate,...

Virtual Assistants Don’t Always Understand You. That’s a Problem.

September 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A growing number of federal agencies are investing in virtual assistants—online systems that can respond to questions people pose either via voice or text. This summer, the General Services Administration’s Office of Emerging Citizen Technology wrapped a pilot walking agency leadership through the process of inventing their own Siri and...

White House Fills Key Buying, Budget Positions

September 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House on Friday offered a slew of appointments who will oversee governmentwide buying, personnel and budget issues. President Donald Trump named Emily Webster Murphy to the General Services Administration’s top spot last week. Murphy was GSA’s first chief acquisition officer, according to the White House, and previously served...

Border Wall Prototyping Begins

September 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Four construction companies will soon start building prototypes for President Donald Trump’s vision of an almost 2,000-mile border wall between the United States and Mexico. Those prototypes could “complement other tools” at the border, Customs and Border Protection acting Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello told the New York Times. He said...

Trump’s Tech Team Shares Plans For Modernizing Government

August 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The coalition of senior White House advisers and tech tycoons that President Donald Trump consults about government problems has finally shared a general plan for catching federal agency technology up to the private sector’s. So far, the American Technology Council’s rough strategy would direct agencies to continue consolidating data centers,...