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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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Single Sign-On For Government Applications Coming in Weeks

May 19, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Citizens could soon manage all their government accounts on one website. General Services Administrations' tech shop 18F plans to debut MyUSA, a single-sign on account that would let users access content from disparate government agencies. According to 18F, users will also be able to track their application processes, such as...

Building a Robot in Your Garage? You Could Get a DARPA Contract in Less Than a Month

May 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technological advancements -- potentially critical to national security -- could be happening in garages and other "maker spaces" never to be discovered by the Defense Department. That's what DOD is trying to avoid with a new pilot program aimed at getting small businesses and individuals to work on small robotics...

Government Outpacing Private Sector in IPv6 Adoption, Official Says

May 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the supply of new Internet Protocol addresses in the U.S. is expected to be exhausted by this summer, new government data shows more than half of public federal web domains have already transitioned to an upgraded protocol. Agencies and departments have adopted Internet Protocol version 6 -- a potentially...

Federal CTO Hopes Digital Teams Will Outlast Obama Administration

May 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith said her team is working to make sure new government tech teams -- such as the U.S. Digital Service and 18F -- withstand an administration change in 2016. Her team hopes to “reach out to every campaign and make sure that everybody who’s running...

DARPA Asks Teens What A Robot Future Looks Like

May 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department’s cutting-edge tech team is thinking about the impact robots could have on society, and looking to an unlikely group for guidance: teenagers. The Defense Advanced Research Program Agency has selected five winners from its film contest for high school students; the filmmakers are invited to attend DARPA’s...

IARPA Wants to Rethink Intelligence Collection

May 13, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the House deliberates on measures to end the National Security Agency's bulk data collection, intelligence community researchers are searching for new ways to collect more relevant information and less bulk. Emerging tech agency the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity's Office of Smart Collection is soliciting proposals for "means for...

Cyber Threats Will Keep Coming if Public and Private Sectors Don't Collaborate, Says DHS Cyber Exec

May 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Public-private partnerships are the key to robust national cybersecurity, according to Peter Fonash, chief technology officer for the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Communications Office. Still, they're unlikely to happen until both sectors can communicate better. Cyber breaches have been getting worse over the years, Fonash said during a...

Post-Snowden, NSA Crafts New Plan to Protect National Secrets

May 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the aftermath of Edward Snowden's revelations, the National Security Agency has "reached a point where a single individual can cause catastrophic harm," said NSA's first chief risk officer, Anne Neuberger. Named CRO last September, Neuberger described the philosophy behind NSA's nascent risk management framework during a conference in Washington...

OMB Releases Guidelines for Government Spending Data

May 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget is trying to make federal spending data easier to interpret. OMB has released a new framework for federal agencies reporting their spending -- standard definitions for financial terms, among other elements -- as part of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014. The...

This Startup Wants Mothers and Daughters to Hack Together

May 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This Mother’s Day weekend, one tech education startup hopes girls will consider an alternative activity for mother-daughter bonding: coding lessons. General Assembly, which offers coding classes to entrepreneurs, is hosting a Mother-Daughter Hack day at its office in Washington on Saturday, May 9. Girls in fifth through eight grades are...