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Federal, Policy

US Treasury: 156 million coronavirus relief payments issued

April 7, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

The Treasury Department said Wednesday it has issued more than 156 million payments as part of President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief plan, including 25 million payments that were primarily to Social Security beneficiaries who hadn’t filed 2019 or 2020 tax […]


Federal, Hardware & Software, Policy, Tech

Lawmakers press Instagram for details on its plans for kids

April 7, 2021

Via: Tech Crunch

A group of Democratic lawmakers wrote to Mark Zuckerberg this week to press the CEO on his plans to curate a version of Instagram for children. In a hearing last month, Zuckerberg confirmed reporting by BuzzFeed that the company was […]


Health Care, Industry

US government launches $500,000 competition to find a better mask design

April 6, 2021

Via: TechSpot

The Mask Innovation Challenge aims to find designs that address some of the issues discouraging people from wearing masks. Anyone who uses glasses, for example, will know the frustration of walking around blind as their lenses fog up. There’s also […]


Cybersecurity

The SolarWinds hack timeline: Who knew what, and when?

April 5, 2021

Via: CSO Online

Details of the 2020 SolarWinds attack continue to unfold, and it may be years before the final damages can be tallied. While it is “hard to say” if the SolarWinds software supply-chain compromise will become known as the highest-impact cyber […]


Federal, Policy

Biden’s next big bill could revive — or bury — his bipartisan brand

April 5, 2021

Via: POLITICO

Joe Biden’s campaign promise to work with the GOP is crashing into his political reality: It’s easier to just go around the Republican Party and pass his agenda with Democratic votes. As Biden presses a fresh multitrillion-dollar proposal to spend […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

Improving Online Experiences Is Key to Expanding Digital Government

March 31, 2021

Via: StateTech Magazine

Government agencies have faced challenges in providing citizen services during the coronavirus crisis, particularly at the beginning. Taxpayers could no longer walk into a government office to receive an identification card or to pay a fine, and yet many local […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

Huawei seeks growth in internet of things as phone business suffers

March 31, 2021

Via: Tech Crunch

Huawei’s struggles amid U.S.-China trade tensions are driving it to seek opportunities in other smart devices, setting itself up against a raft of hardware makers at home and abroad. The Chinese tech giant recorded sluggish revenue growth in 2020, climbing […]


Cybersecurity

Department of Homeland Security email accounts exposed in SolarWinds hack

March 30, 2021

Via: ZDnet

Email accounts belonging to US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials may have been compromised during the SolarWinds attack by Russian threat actors. The Associated Press reports that unauthorized intrusions occurred during the SolarWinds supply-chain attack. SolarWinds, the central point […]


Cybersecurity, IT Policy, Tech

States enact safe harbor laws against cyberattacks, but demand adoption of cybersecurity frameworks

March 29, 2021

Via: CSO Online

While sophisticated ransomware and nation-state threat actors target US critical infrastructure, the only protection most organizations have against these attacks is tight and effective cybersecurity. These attacks have drawn government attention and sparked calls for liability protection against malicious intrusions. […]


Health Care, Industry

Biden admin remakes vaccine strategy after mass vaccination sites fizzle

March 29, 2021

Via: POLITICO

The Biden administration is rethinking a costly system of government-run mass vaccination sites after data revealed the program is lagging well behind a much cheaper federal effort to distribute doses via retail pharmacies. The government has shipped millions of doses […]