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Category: Emerging Tech & Modernization


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

Ethics of generative AI: To be innovative, you must first be trustworthy

June 13, 2024

Via: CIO

Over the past year, generative AI – artificial intelligence that creates text, audio, and images – has moved from the “interesting concept” stage to the deployment stage for retail, healthcare, finance, and other industries. By generating new content in seconds, […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, IT Policy, Tech

Bipartisan group of senators unveil long-awaited guidance on AI bills

May 15, 2024

Via: POLITICO

A bipartisan group of senators has taken a critical step forward in regulating artificial intelligence, releasing a long-awaited, Chuck Schumer-endorsed “roadmap” for addressing AI that Congress could take up this term. The bipartisan working group, which consists of Schumer, Sens. […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

‘ScanGov’ debuts with digital experience ratings for 50 states

May 14, 2024

Via: StateScoop

A father-son civic hacking duo behind online trackers that evaluate state websites on Tuesday unveiled a new website tracker that ranks the public’s digital experience in 50 states. The new tracker, ScanGov, is an aggregate of two trackers created by […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

Faster, more personal, proactive: How generative AI is transforming digital government for citizens

March 12, 2024

Via: CIO

Government and public sector agencies are already exploring the potential of generative AI in delivering more effective services from the inside. As AI technologies and practices mature, however, we’re likely to see more projects that transform the citizen experience. New […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, IT Policy, Tech

FTC finalizes rule protecting governments, businesses from AI impersonation scams

February 16, 2024

Via: StateScoop

The Federal Trade Commission is taking action against the use of artificial intelligence in impersonation fraud schemes, and has finalized a rule against impersonating a government or business. The commission finalized the rule on Thursday, and it provides the FTC […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

AI cannot be listed as inventor, says US patent office in latest guidance

February 15, 2024

Via: TechSpot

The USPTO’s new guidance on the use of artificial intelligence states that while AI-assisted inventions are not “categorically unpatentable, the inventorship analysis should focus on human contributions, as patents function to incentivize and reward human ingenuity.” Under the new guidance, […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

U.S. Department of Transportation launches AI initiative

February 6, 2024

Via: Transportation Today

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently launched the Complete Streets AI (artificial intelligence) Initiative through the department’s Small Business Innovation Research Program. The initiative will allow small businesses to leverage advancements in AI that improve transportation. There will be multiple […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

TSA uses ‘minimum’ data to fine-tune its facial recognition, but some experts still worry

January 29, 2024

Via: Nextgov

The Transportation Security Administration is moving forward with plans to implement facial recognition technology at U.S. airports and is working with the Department of Homeland Security’s research and development component to analyze data to ensure that the new units are […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

Senators press for barcodes on tax returns so IRS can process them faster

January 25, 2024

Via: Federal News Network

Members of the Senate Finance Committee are calling on the Internal Revenue Service to rely on barcodes to process millions of paper tax returns more quickly. The Barcode Automation for Revenue Collection to Organize Disbursement and Enhance (BARCODE) Efficiency Act, […]


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At Senate AI hearing, news executives fight against “fair use” claims for AI training data

January 11, 2024

Via: ArsTechnica

On Wednesday, news industry executives urged Congress for legal clarification that using journalism to train AI assistants like ChatGPT is not fair use, as claimed by companies such as OpenAI. Instead, they would prefer a licensing regime for AI training […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

Maryland governor announces major tech overhaul for state government, including AI order

January 8, 2024

Via: StateScoop

The State of Maryland will be receiving a “software update,” Gov. Wes Moore announced during a press conference Monday. Moore and his IT secretary, Katie Savage, announced four new technology initiatives, including a statewide executive order on artificial intelligence, a […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

Pennsylvania unveils website for appealing denied health insurance claims

January 8, 2024

Via: StateScoop

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Office of Digital Experience, or CODE PA, and Department of Insurance announced Monday that they’ve launched a new website for residents to appeal denied health plan services. According to a press release, Pennsylvanians can submit their information […]


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3 guardrails for sustainable AI implementation in the public sector

December 28, 2023

Via: Nextgov

AI is poised to transform how public sector agencies approach mission-critical operations and solve the government’s greatest challenges. It can identify waste and fraud in government, strengthen cybersecurity efforts, and power chatbots and other tools to better serve constituents. However, […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

3 Government and technology predictions for 2024

December 27, 2023

Via: Nextgov

The new year is almost upon us, and that means that it’s time for experts, technologists and columnists to try and predict some of the biggest upcoming trends for government and technology in 2024. What might make those predictions a […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

IRS direct file participants will have to use ID.me for identity verification

December 21, 2023

Via: Government Executive

The coming IRS direct file pilot, which will allow taxpayers in certain states to file their taxes directly to the government, will require participants to verify their identity via ID.me, according to a new IRS blog post. That means that […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

GSA launches text message service for government programs in four localities and states

December 18, 2023

Via: Government Executive

The General Services Administration’s pilot to send customized text reminders to individuals at critical moments during the enrollment and renewal of federal benefit programs — such as upcoming application deadlines — has onboarded two states and two distinct cities and […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

USDA unveils new data strategy

December 4, 2023

Via: Government Executive

Transparency and accountability are two guiding principles that form the core of the Department of Agriculture’s new data strategy, the blueprint for handling sensitive data within the agency from 2024 to 2026. Launched on Thursday, the data strategy previews the […]


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IRS starts the bidding for $1.9B IT services recompete

November 28, 2023

Via: Government Executive

The Internal Revenue Service has opened the window for industry to start working on and submitting bids for a potential seven-year, $1.9 billion blanket purchase agreement covering enterprise IT and related professional support services. Quotes for the multiple-award Enterprise Program […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Policy, State & Local, Tech

California publishes first report on generative AI risks, potential use cases

November 21, 2023

Via: StateScoop

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office on Tuesday announced a new report outlining the potential benefits that generative AI could bring to state government — from improving accessibility of the state’s services to bolstering cybersecurity — along with an extensive description […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

What are agencies doing with AI? A bipartisan Senate duo wants to know

November 14, 2023

Via: Government Executive

Lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee are asking for clearer information on how some federal agencies use artificial intelligence technologies in their operations to ensure that such uses are safe and secure. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho […]