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Flash Poll: Measuring Cloud and AI Maturation

Are government agencies navigating cloud and AI progress to the strategic level? Government Business Council (GBC) polled more than 150 government employees to find out more.

Route Fifty

Traveling to This Airport? Bring Your Own Water Bottle.

San Francisco International Airport banned the sale of single-use plastic water bottles as part of a larger goal to become zero-waste by 2021.

Nextgov

Confront Potential Bias in Artificial Intelligence Early Through Pilots, Officials Said

Cloud technology makes piloting artificial intelligence efforts easier than ever, but hard decisions around bias need to be confronted.

Nextgov

App Failure Led to Long Airport Lines In Third CBP System Crash In Three Years

Technicians were able to reboot the system in a matter of hours but the crash led to significant delays for travelers Friday.

Nextgov

DHS is Collecting Biometrics on Thousands of Refugees Who Will Never Enter the U.S.

Most refugees who apply for asylum in the U.S. never set foot in the country, but under an agreement with the United Nations, DHS and its partners can still build biometric profiles on them.

Oversight

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Asks Why The Justice Department Went Easy on Big Banks

After an article by ProPublica and American Banker examining how Justice softened settlements with RBS and Barclays, the presidential candidate blasts settlements that let banks “evade accountability.”

Management

'No Comment': Emails Show the VA Took No Action to Spare Veterans From a Harsh Trump Immigration Policy

The VA’s approach differs sharply from the Pentagon’s, which won an exemption for active-duty members of the military.

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How Residents Help Replenish One State's Seed Stores

Minnesota recruits "private pickers" to harvest cones and seeds for reforestation projects by paying by the bushel.

Route Fifty

Scoot Aside E-Scooters, Rental Mopeds Are Zooming In

Cities involved in the pilot say the mopeds will provide an environmentally-friendly and affordable option for commuters. Some are worried about the safety implications, though.

Nextgov

CDC Needs Better Tools To Track Sickness, Symptoms In Wake Of Nuclear Disasters

If a nuclear device detonated, the resource CDC wants would support state and local health departments’ ability to respond.

Management

Attorney General Orders Reassignment of Acting Bureau of Prisons Director 

Move comes in the aftermath of financier Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide at a Manhattan federal correctional facility.   

Management

Budget Talks Will Break Down if White House Bypasses Congress to Cut Foreign Aid, Pelosi Warns

The Democratic leader stresses that the State Department must be allowed to continue spending money while Congress considers any rescission request, per a GAO legal analysis.

Nextgov

IG: NOAA, NASA Launched Next-Gen Satellite With Known Issues, Scrubbed Performance Metrics from Contract

The main instrument of the GOES-R next-generation satellite constellation wasn’t working before launch but officials sent it into space anyway.

Defense

Viewpoint: It Matters Whether Americans Call Afghanistan a Defeat

The public’s judgment about whether the United States won or lost the war will affect civilian-military relations for years to come.

Management

Before Trump Eyed Greenland: Here’s What Happened Last Time The U.S. Bought a Large Chunk Of The Arctic

In 1867, the U.S. bought Alaska from Tsar Alexander II for a tidy sum of $7.2 million. Trump probably wouldn't be able to get that kind of bargain for Greenland.

Defense

General’s Sexual Assault Accuser Was Deemed a ‘Toxic, Self-Centered Abuser,’ New Docs Reveal

Hundreds of previously unseen pages of two investigations paint Army Col. Kathryn Spletstoser as an abusive coworker with motive for revenge against Gen. John Hyten.

Oversight

Play of the Day: Joe Biden Gets a Key Early Endorsement

Dick Swett, a former New Hampshire Democratic representative, put his weight behind the former vice president.

Tech

A Cyberattack Could Wreak Destruction Comparable to a Nuclear Weapon

Nuclear threats are serious – but officials, the media and the public keep a close eye on them. There's less attention to the dangers of cyberattacks, which could cripple key utilities.