Tech

The U.S. Spent $2.2 Million on a Cybersecurity System That Wasn’t Implemented — and Might Have Stopped a Major Hack

The software company SolarWinds unwittingly allowed hackers’ code into thousands of federal computers. A cybersecurity system called in-toto, which the government paid to develop but never required, might have protected against this.

GovExec Daily: Records Transfer and the Trump Administration

Courtney Bublé joins the show to discuss the concerns about the Trump administration's records management.

The Simple Task That Mars Made Impossible

NASA spent nearly two years trying to wrangle a probe designed to burrow into the planet’s soil.

Can the U.S. Keep COVID-19 Variants in Check? Here’s What It Takes

The U.S. has fumbled almost every step of its public health response in its battle against COVID-19. Experts say that must change if we’re going to outflank the variants emerging as the virus continues to mutate

GovExec Daily: How the Government and Contractors Can Cooperate on IT Security

SAP National Security Services CEO Mark Testoni joins the podcast to discuss how agencies can more effectively use contracting to secure critical infrastructure.

GovExec Daily: The Biden Administration’s Coronavirus Response

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss how the Biden administration is addressing the COVID-19 crisis.

GovExec Daily: Joe Biden's IT Priorities in the White House

Former federal CIO Vivek Kundra joins the podcast to discuss the information technology and cloud computing challenges the new president will face.

5 Ways Biden Can Help Rural America Thrive and Bridge the Rural-Urban Divide

A new federal antipoverty program for both rural and urban areas is part of the solution, but the power of Big Ag, lack of internet and struggling towns need attention, too.

How Will People Actually Get COVID-19 Vaccines?

With COVID-19 vaccine distribution underway, how will people get them and what are the potential distribution pitfalls? An expert breaks down the logistics.

GovExec Daily: What We Know About the Massive Hack

Nextgov's Frank Konkel joins the podcast to discuss the data breach affecting agencies and contractors.

Scientists Suggest U.S. Embassies Were Hit With High-Power Microwaves – Here’s How The Weapons Work

High-power microwave weapons are useful for disabling electronics. They might also be behind the ailments suffered by US diplomats and CIA agents in Cuba and China.

Expert: We Need New Laws For The Facial Recognition ‘Wild West’

A new paper outlines why Congress needs to regulate facial recognition to protect consumers and their "faceprints."

GovExec Daily: Establishing Public Trust in a Vaccine

University of Florida's Ann Christiano and Jack J. Barry join the podcast to discuss how officials can promote health measures to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Vaccines: Health Experts Identify Ways to Build Public Trust

The United Nations recently asked a group of experts across the world to recommend ways to persuade people to take a COVID-19 vaccine. Here is a summary of their suggestions.

What Is the Best Strategy to Deploy a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Mathematicians are playing a key role in fighting the pandemic by modeling different scenarios for a vaccine rollout.

Did Trump Delay the Arrival of At-Home Coronavirus Testing?

Some experts think that at-home testing can stop coronavirus outbreaks, and that the government should have been doing more to produce the tests.