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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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What’s the Federal Government’s Role in Smart Cities?

October 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cities could soon be largely automated with sensors that regulate traffic patterns, garbage trucks that are deployed only when the dumpsters are filled, and with cameras monitoring crime-ridden areas and using artificial intelligence to identify perpetrators. Those and other futuristic elements constitute some technologists’ vision of the so-called smart city....

Lawmakers Increasingly Cautious About Internet of Things

October 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s been about two years since lawmakers began formally investigating the digitally-enabled refrigerators, wirelessly controlled cars, and passive sensors that quietly amass large amounts of data making up the internet of things. In February 2015, the Senate held its first-ever hearing on the topic, debating whether to rein in the...

Drone Delivery Is One Step Closer With Trump Pilot Program

October 27, 2017 President Donald Trump wants to kick off an ambitious pilot program that would let state and local governments test out drones in ways “overly burdensome” Federal Aviation Administration regulations prevented. So far, about 600,000 drone owners in the U.S. have registered with the FAA, but regulations are limiting the benefits...

Drone Delivery is One Step Closer with Trump Pilot Program

October 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump wants to kick off an ambitious pilot program that would let state and local governments test out drones in ways “overly burdensome” Federal Aviation Administration regulations prevented. So far, about 600,000 drone owners in the U.S. have registered with the FAA, but regulations are limiting the benefits...

Federal Data Center Spending Climbing Despite Reduction Efforts

October 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies governmentwide are working to streamline their data center spending, per a 2016 White House directive—but it’ll take at least two years to see an actual reduction in spending, a report suggests. Market research firm IDC concludes federal data center spending will top $5.8 billion in the 2020 fiscal...

Watchdog: Feds Don’t Do Enough to Stop H-1B Visa Fraud

October 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Businesses hiring foreign workers could be taking advantage of the Homeland Security Department’s careless site inspections, a watchdog report found. Each year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services approves more than 85,000 H-1B visa applications, which allows U.S.-based companies to hire foreign workers instead of domestic ones if the job requires...

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Google Leaders Pitch Pentagon on Internal Accelerator

October 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt isn’t exactly a regular at Pentagon strategic meetings, but on Tuesday he and other tech heavyweights delivered a clear message to the Defense Department: Update your culture. In the fifth public meeting of the Defense Innovation Board—an advisory committee established under Defense Secretary Ash Carter and...

FDA CIO: Agile Is Simply Good Business

October 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies afraid of agile might find it’s more of a strategy than a set of new technologies—at least, that’s how the Food and Drug Administration is approaching it, according to Chief Information Officer Todd Simpson. Agile—often a term for a project management methodology that breaks large projects into smaller “sprints”—is...

Beware of Blockchain Hype But Keep Eyes on the Tech, HHS Official Says

October 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies are investigating the ledger system known as blockchain to manage sensitive documents, but they’re a long way off from using it, according to one advocate for the technology. Speaking at a GovernmentCIO Magazine event, Health and Human Services Department blockchain advocate Debbie Bucci said she’s talked to federal...

What One Tech-Focused Lawmaker Says Stands in the Way of Modernization

October 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An architect of a major piece of technology modernization says he has yet to hear from the White House since President Donald Trump took office, and is waiting for the appointment of a chief technology officer and chief information officer to push his upgrade efforts forward. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.,...