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Mohana Ravindranath

Staff Correspondent Mohana Ravindranath covers civilian agency technology and IT policy for Nextgov. She previously covered IT for the Washington Post, and her work has also appeared in Business Insider and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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DHS Wants Tech to Scan Your Face as You Drive to Mexico

November 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department wants technology that can passively scan the faces of foreign nationals crossing the U.S. border by car, ensuring that the individuals who enter the country are the same ones who leave it. DHS’ Silicon Valley outpost is hosting an industry day Nov. 14 to solicit solutions...

Survey: Baby Boomers Worry About Cybersecurity But Most Shrug Off Their Role In It

October 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Baby boomers and millennials differ significantly in their attitudes toward federal cyber programs, a survey suggests. Across the board, 55 percent percent of respondents in an Accenture Federal Survey said the government needs to be more transparent about citizens’ data; 56 percent that it should communicate data breaches in real...

What’s the Federal Government’s Role in Smart Cities?

October 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cities could soon be largely automated with sensors that regulate traffic patterns, garbage trucks that are deployed only when the dumpsters are filled, and with cameras monitoring crime-ridden areas and using artificial intelligence to identify perpetrators. Those and other futuristic elements constitute some technologists’ vision of the so-called smart city....

Lawmakers Increasingly Cautious About Internet of Things

October 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s been about two years since lawmakers began formally investigating the digitally-enabled refrigerators, wirelessly controlled cars, and passive sensors that quietly amass large amounts of data making up the internet of things. In February 2015, the Senate held its first-ever hearing on the topic, debating whether to rein in the...

Drone Delivery Is One Step Closer With Trump Pilot Program

October 27, 2017 President Donald Trump wants to kick off an ambitious pilot program that would let state and local governments test out drones in ways “overly burdensome” Federal Aviation Administration regulations prevented. So far, about 600,000 drone owners in the U.S. have registered with the FAA, but regulations are limiting the benefits...

Drone Delivery is One Step Closer with Trump Pilot Program

October 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump wants to kick off an ambitious pilot program that would let state and local governments test out drones in ways “overly burdensome” Federal Aviation Administration regulations prevented. So far, about 600,000 drone owners in the U.S. have registered with the FAA, but regulations are limiting the benefits...

Federal Data Center Spending Climbing Despite Reduction Efforts

October 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies governmentwide are working to streamline their data center spending, per a 2016 White House directive—but it’ll take at least two years to see an actual reduction in spending, a report suggests. Market research firm IDC concludes federal data center spending will top $5.8 billion in the 2020 fiscal...

Watchdog: Feds Don’t Do Enough to Stop H-1B Visa Fraud

October 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Businesses hiring foreign workers could be taking advantage of the Homeland Security Department’s careless site inspections, a watchdog report found. Each year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services approves more than 85,000 H-1B visa applications, which allows U.S.-based companies to hire foreign workers instead of domestic ones if the job requires...

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Google Leaders Pitch Pentagon on Internal Accelerator

October 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt isn’t exactly a regular at Pentagon strategic meetings, but on Tuesday he and other tech heavyweights delivered a clear message to the Defense Department: Update your culture. In the fifth public meeting of the Defense Innovation Board—an advisory committee established under Defense Secretary Ash Carter and...

FDA CIO: Agile Is Simply Good Business

October 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies afraid of agile might find it’s more of a strategy than a set of new technologies—at least, that’s how the Food and Drug Administration is approaching it, according to Chief Information Officer Todd Simpson. Agile—often a term for a project management methodology that breaks large projects into smaller “sprints”—is...