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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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Blockchain Could Help Bring Renewable Energy to the Power Grid, Experts Tell Congress

August 23, 2018 Blockchain technology could help the energy sector secure the power grid and overcome some of the biggest barriers to widespread use of renewable resources, industry experts told lawmakers. But before that can happen, the government needs to fund more blockchain research and find a way to stop cryptocurrency miners from...

GSA Taps New Leader for Technology Transformation Services

August 22, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration on Wednesday tapped Kelly Olson to lead the agency’s central technology office. She will take over as acting director of Technology Transformation Services, the GSA component that manages a wide-ranging portfolio of government IT initiatives, a GSA spokesperson confirmed to Nextgov. Olson, who has served as...

Blockchain Could Help Bring Renewable Energy to the Power Grid, Experts Tell Congress

August 22, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Blockchain technology could help the energy sector secure the power grid and overcome some of the biggest barriers to widespread use of renewable resources, industry experts told lawmakers. But before that can happen, the government needs to fund more blockchain research and find a way to stop cryptocurrency miners from...

Pilot-Optional Helicopters Could Be the Future of Fighting Wildfires

August 22, 2018 Imagine this: It’s midnight and your house is on fire. You call 911 and the firefighters arrive, but they tell you they can’t start dousing the flames until morning. They can monitor the blaze, but right now it’s too dark to use the trucks and hoses. While that’s highly unlikely...

Pilot-Optional Helicopters Could Be the Future of Fighting Wildfires

August 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine this: It’s midnight and your house is on fire. You call 911 and the firefighters arrive, but they tell you they can’t start dousing the flames until morning. They can monitor the blaze, but right now it’s too dark to use the trucks and hoses. While that’s highly unlikely...

DHS Funds Machine Learning Tool to Boost Other Countries' Airport Security

August 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is investing in machine learning technology that could help foreign countries increase airport security at zero cost. The agency’s Science and Technology Directorate on Monday awarded $200,000 to Virginia-based DataRobot Inc. to begin testing an automated machine learning platform that would let airports assess the risks...

NDAA’s Done, Election Security’s On Deck and Senators Are Fretting About 3D Gun Printing

August 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bipartisan group of five senators joined the effort to prevent the wide release of blueprints for 3D printed guns Thursday, a month after the Supreme Court declared releasing the blueprints legal. The lawmakers asked chiefs of seven major websites—Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Craigslist, Reddit and Twitter—to prohibit users from...

The Pentagon Has Its First Chief Data Officer

August 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department hired its first-ever chief data officer, reinforcing the agency’s commitment to driving innovation with data. The Pentagon tapped Michael Conlin, the former chief technology officer for DXC Technology’s public sector arm, to oversee the department’s data management and governance practices, FedScoop reported Thursday. He started the job...

VA Opens Bids on Revamping its Main Website

August 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department on Wednesday opened bidding on a contract to build a platform for managing its primary website, part of a massive overhaul of its online presence. Officials are accepting proposals to stand up a new content management system for VA.gov, which will eventually become a one-stop shop...

CBP Rolls Out Facial Recognition at Silicon Valley Airport

August 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Things move fast in Silicon Valley. Companies can boom or bust overnight, innovative technologies constantly disrupt markets, and technologists are now bringing the same speed to international terminals in the region’s biggest airport. Customs and Border Protection last week announced an initiative with Mineta San José International Airport to roll...