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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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Technology Modernization Fund Board Doesn't Want Boring Proposals

June 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration on Friday offered agencies tips and tricks for cashing in on the $55 million left in the 2018 Technology Modernization Fund. To access funds, agencies must first submit an initial project proposal to the TMF Board, which will review the pitch and select finalists for more...

How the VA is Personalizing Veteran Services With a Single Website

June 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Lincoln once said a house divided against itself could not stand, and Marcy Jacobs knows the same principle applies to online citizen services. As executive director of the Digital Service at the Veterans Affairs Department, it’s Jacobs’ mission to make interactions with the agency as easy and transparent as...

Lawmaker: Congress Will 'Mess Up' Tech Regulation Without Help from Industry

June 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Congress weighs different measures to protect the quality and security of citizens’ online lives, one lawmaker warned Facebook, Google and other tech titans they could face heavy-handed consequences if they don’t come to the table. But it’s not lawmakers’ spite that will do the damage. It’s their incompetence. “If...

Interior Department is Using Drones to Save People Trapped by Lava

June 4, 2018 Navigating a field of hot lava makes for a fun kids game, but it’s far more terrifying in real life. On May 27, one unfortunate individual was in that exact situation, surrounded by molten rock flowing from the Mount Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. But the Interior Department and its fleet...

How NIH is Organizing Its Enormous Troves of Data

June 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Institutes of Health on Monday announced a sweeping initiative to revamp the way it manages data in an effort to foster the adoption of artificial intelligence, supercomputing and other technologies poised to transform medical research. The agency’s Strategic Plan for Data Science sheds light on a handful of...

Interior is Using Drones to Save People Trapped by Hot Lava

June 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Navigating a field of hot lava makes for a fun kids game, but it’s far more terrifying in real life. On May 27, one unfortunate individual was in that exact situation, surrounded by molten rock flowing from the Mount Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. But the Interior Department and its fleet...

How the NGA Sped Up Its Tech Acquisition

June 1, 2018 The federal acquisition process can take years to complete, and in the fast-paced world of tech, that means agencies may not get their hands on the latest tools until they’ve become obsolete. But the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency found a way to bring innovative software tools to government in a fraction...

DHS Wants to Take a Page from the Startup Community

June 1, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is constantly developing new technology to keep pace with the latest national security threats, and it’s relying on strategies from tech startups to do so, according to the agency’s research and development leader. “Given the times we live in, we need to be more agile [with]...

How the NGA App Store Put Tech Acquisition in Top Gear

May 31, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal acquisition process can take years to complete, and in the fast-paced world of tech, that means agencies may not get their hands on the latest tools until they’ve become obsolete. But the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency found a way to bring innovative software tools to government in a fraction...

Hackers Find 65 Bugs in the Pentagon’s Travel Management System

May 30, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ethical hackers exposed more than 60 cybersecurity holes in an enterprise system used by millions of Defense Department employees to organize travel plans. The vulnerabilities within the Defense Travel System were uncovered during the Pentagon’s fifth bug bounty program, Hack the DTS, which ran from April 1 to April 29....