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Jack Corrigan

Staff Correspondent Jack Corrigan covers emerging government technology and IT policy. He joined Nextgov as an editorial fellow in the summer of 2017 and previously wrote for publications around his hometown of Chicago. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.
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DHS Needs to Define Network Disruptions Before It Can Fight Them

September 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most people recognize a network disruption when they see one—you tend to notice if your internet goes out or you lose cell service—but it’s a lot harder to figure out what caused the incident and what broader effects it might have. But the Homeland Security Department is funding research aimed...

Inside the Search Engine That Spots Traffickers, Terrorists and Money Launderers

September 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Search the phrase “sex trafficking” on Google, and your first result is a link to the national human trafficking hotline. Scroll down and you’ll find stories about convicted traffickers, explainer pieces on modern-day slavery and loads of anti-trafficking advocacy groups. What you won’t see are the sites where humans are...

DHS Needs More Data to Help Stop Bioterrorism

September 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department wants a way to tap into nationwide medical databases to help detect and respond to “nationally significant” biological events. The agency’s National Biosurveillance Integration Center on Thursday began looking for groups to provide nationwide information on medical interventions, food safety, wildlife health, travel itineraries and other...

White House Official Calls on Industry and Agencies to Share More Cyber Threat Info

September 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government agencies are usually behind the curve when it comes to understanding the latest cybersecurity threats and solutions, and they need the tech industry to help keep them in the loop, according to a White House cyber official. As the White House looks to standardize cyber capabilities across government, both...

Here’s What’s Blocking HHS Offices From Sharing Data with Each Other

September 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Health and Human Services Department leaders want agency offices to start sharing more data with each other, but rank-and-file employees say the rules for doing so are hazy at best. With no agencywide guidance for sharing information and stiff penalties for breaking confidentiality and patient privacy laws, HHS employees are...

Fed Pay Raises Rise From the Dead and Congress Says “Meh” to Trump’s Election Security Order

September 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government employees might get a pay raise next year after all. Lawmakers on Friday included a provision that would raise feds’ salaries by 1.9 percent in the conference report for the Defense, Labor, Education and Health and Human Services departments funding bill. Though the “minibus” bill would only include funding...

Congress Doesn’t Know Who’s in Charge of VA’s $10 Billion Health Records Overhaul

September 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The office created to ensure health record interoperability between the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments will cripple the agencies’ latest multibillion-dollar overhaul efforts if it doesn’t change its role, according to a congressional watchdog. “Based on the [Interagency Program Office]’s past history, I think it’s evident they never had the...

Lawmaker: If You Think Patching is Tough Now, It’s Going to Get Worse

September 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the long run, agencies’ heavy reliance on software patching could create more problems than it solves, according to one tech-savvy lawmaker. And with billions of internet-connected devices expected to flood government facilities in the years ahead, he said, the situation is only going to get worse. “[With] those legacy...

How One Company Aims to Model the World—and All Its Activity—in the Cloud

September 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The amount of geospatial intelligence available today is hitting at an all-time high, but aggregating and analyzing all that information can be a difficult, costly endeavor. “The job of going to multiple places, contracting and buying and pulling and preparing all this data has really inhibited the deployment of what...

DARPA Wants to Find Botnets Before They Attack

September 12, 2018 The military’s research branch is investing in systems that automatically locate and dismantle botnets before hackers use them to cripple websites, companies or even entire countries. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on Aug. 30 awarded a $1.2 million contract to cybersecurity firm Packet Forensics to develop novel ways to...