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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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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...

IARPA Gets a New Director

August 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Tuesday named Stacey Dixon as the next director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity. Dixon joined IARPA as deputy director in early 2016 and now takes the helm from Jason Matheny, who stepped down from the organization’s top role at the end...

DARPA Wants to Make Underground Maps on the Fly

August 15, 2018 Finding your way through caves and tunnels is both difficult and extremely dangerous, but the Pentagon’s research office wants to build technology that can navigate underground environments while humans stay on the surface. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is finalizing teams for its Subterranean Challenge, or SubT, a three-year...

DARPA Wants to Make Underground Maps on the Fly

August 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Finding your way through caves and tunnels is both difficult and extremely dangerous, but the Pentagon’s research office wants to build technology that can navigate underground environments while humans stay on the surface. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is finalizing teams for its Subterranean Challenge, or SubT, a three-year...

USDA Wants One Hub to Connect Agency Leaders to Every Employee

August 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Agriculture Department wants to build an online homepage where top officials could keep every employee in the loop on the latest happenings across the agency. The Intranet Initiative comes as the latest effort to improve customer experience and streamline departmentwide management under Secretary Sonny Perdue’s OneUSDA policy. “The goal...

Industry Groups Push for Background Check Reform In Intelligence Appropriations Bill

August 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technology and defense industry trade groups are urging Congress to use the must-pass intelligence community appropriations bill to make sweeping reforms to the government’s antiquated security clearance process. In a letter to House and Senate Intelligence Committee leaders, the organizations recommended lawmakers preserve 10 provisions in the Intelligence Authorization Act...

Hackers Target Marines for Pentagon's Latest Bug Bounty

August 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department on Sunday invited some 100 handpicked hackers to hunt for security holes in the Marine Corps’ primary communications network, kicking off the Pentagon’s sixth bug bounty program. The challenge, dubbed “Hack the Marine Corps,” began with a live-hacking event in Las Vegas, where hackers from around the...