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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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The Pentagon Thinks AI Could Help Troops Telepathically Control Machines

February 15, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon’s research office is exploring how artificial intelligence can improve technologies that link troops’ brains and bodies to military systems. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently began recruiting teams to research how AI tools could augment and enhance “next-generation neurotechnology.” Through the program, officials ultimately aim to build...

FAA Wants to Protect First Responders from Drone Bombs

February 14, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday issued a rule aimed at protecting law enforcement officers from explosive-laden drones. The measure is meant to address the concerns of law enforcement officers, who told FAA officials that opening up drones to check for registration could potentially set off hidden explosives. Small drone...

Online Health Applications Increased 50 Percent After VA.gov Relaunch

February 14, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow By the time Marcy Jacobs came in with the champagne, the moment to celebrate had already passed. The Veterans Affairs Department main website, which she and her team had spent the last nine months thoroughly redesigning, was live, and the process had gone off without a hitch. “It was so...

Government Watchdog Urges Congress to Start Moving on a Privacy Law

February 14, 2019 The Government Accountability Office on Wednesday came out in support of a national data privacy statute and encouraged lawmakers to give regulators more power to punish companies for their digital misdeeds. “Congress should consider developing comprehensive legislation on Internet privacy that would enhance consumer protections and provide flexibility to address...

GAO Urges Congress to Start Moving on a Privacy Law

February 13, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office on Wednesday came out in support of a national data privacy statute and encouraged lawmakers to give regulators more power to punish companies for their digital misdeeds. “Congress should consider developing comprehensive legislation on Internet privacy that would enhance consumer protections and provide flexibility to address...

DOJ Indicts Former Intel Officer For Helping Iran Hack Her Colleagues

February 13, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Justice Department on Wednesday charged a former U.S. counterintelligence official with espionage on behalf of Iran and indicted four Iranian hackers for launching cyberattacks against her former government colleagues. Federal prosecutors alleged Monica Witt, a former Air Force officer and intelligence community contractor, disclosed classified national security information to...

DHS Wants to Outfit Its Dogs With Wearable Tech

February 12, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is investing in a data analytics tool that would help ensure the thousands of dogs that work for the agency stay healthy. The agency’s Science and Technology Directorate on Tuesday announced a roughly $200,000 contract with HaloLights to prototype a sensor-equipped harness that monitors dogs’ heart...

Apple Is Building an iPhone App for Vets' Medical Records

February 11, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department is working with Apple to build a tool that gives vets easier access to their medical records. Under the partnership, Apple would connect the iPhone Health app to the department’s medical record database, allowing vets to view records from both federal and private providers through a...

White House Unveils a National Artificial Intelligence Initiative

February 11, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Trump on Monday signed an executive order directing federal agencies to double down on efforts to advance artificial intelligence. The American AI Initiative, however, includes few specific policy proposals and no additional funding to support the initiative. “Continued American leadership in artificial intelligence is of paramount importance to maintaining...

Lawmakers Propose a Rotational Program for Federal Cyber Workers

February 11, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some agencies have a far more robust cybersecurity workforce than others, and lawmakers want them to spread the wealth. Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., John Hoeven, R-N.D., Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., on Thursday reintroduced a bill that would create a program that allows government cyber specialists to gain...