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Jack Corrigan

Staff Correspondent, Nextgov 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 is Trying to Secure Its Networks Against Quantum Codebreakers

May 24, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Advances in quantum computing could render the government’s strongest encryption systems obsolete, and the Defense Department is trying to get ahead of the curve. The Defense Information Systems Agency is asking security researchers to share ideas for protecting the Pentagon’s IT infrastructure against quantum computers. Though today’s quantum systems are...

Lawmakers Want to Ban Warrantless Device Searches at the Border

May 23, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers want to start requiring federal agents to obtain a warrant before through Americans’ electronic devices at the border. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Wednesday introduced legislation that would increase digital privacy protections for U.S. residents crossing the border and limit the situations in which agents...

Inside the Government's Quest to Safely Use Open-Source Code

May 23, 2019 On July 29, 2017, the IT security team at Equifax noticed some unusual activity on one of the credit bureau’s public websites. The team blocked the suspicious traffic, but the next day, it came back. The company started formally investigating the situation a few days later, but at that point...

Democrats, Republicans Both Want to Regulate Facial Recognition

May 23, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Legal experts, tech researchers and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling for Congress to rein in the use of facial recognition tools by law enforcement agencies “before it gets out of control.” If left unchecked, they said the tech could infringe on Americans’ privacy and civil liberties,...

Report: Agency Leaders Must Embrace Risk to Adopt Artificial Intelligence

May 22, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If government leaders want to bring more artificial intelligence tools into their agencies, they need to make sure their employees are comfortable with failure, a government tech trade group found. The government is still in the early days of AI adoption, and agencies are bound to hit some obstacles as...

3 Lawmakers Propose $2.2B Over 5 Years to Advance AI

May 22, 2019 A bipartisan trio of lawmakers wants to pour billions of dollars into expanding the use of artificial intelligence across government and industry, and preparing the country’s workforce to use the tech. Sens. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, on Tuesday proposed a bill that would create...

Inside the Government's Open Source Software Conundrum

May 22, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On July 29, 2017, the IT security team at Equifax noticed some unusual activity on one of the credit bureau’s public websites. The team blocked the suspicious traffic, but the next day, it came back. The company started formally investigating the situation a few days later, but at that point...

Lawmakers Propose $2.2 Billion to Advance AI Over the Next Five Years

May 21, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bipartisan trio of lawmakers wants to pour billions of dollars into expanding the use of artificial intelligence across government and industry, and preparing the country’s workforce to use the tech. Sens. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, on Tuesday proposed a bill that would create...

HUD Is Hunting for Vendors for the Next Phase of the Centers of Excellence

May 20, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Housing and Urban Development Department is bringing on vendors to help the agency overhaul its customer service operations, drive cloud adoption and expand its use of data analytics. HUD and the General Services Administration on Friday released draft solicitations for the second phase of the department’s Centers of Excellence...

GSA Selects OPM for Third Centers of Excellence

May 17, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration on Friday announced the Office of Personnel Management will be the third agency to participate in the Centers of Excellence program, a White House initiative aimed at overhauling the government’s outdated tech. The program, which launched in late 2017, brings together leaders from government and industry...