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Air Force boosts focus on quantum

The Air Force is doubling down on quantum computing, increasing its partnerships and engagement around the rapidly expanding field. The Air Force Research Lab announced it will host virtual pitch events, including one that runs this Tuesday through Thursday with the Innovare Advancement Center. “The Air Force is committed to building a quantum information science alliance of principal investigators across academia, industry, and the government to accelerate advancements” in QIS, says Michael Hayduk, AFRL Information Directorate deputy director. Jackson Barnett has this one.

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The office that intends to take IRS paperless

A new IRS office is looking to build a larger culture of innovation around the agency, starting with going paperless. In addition to going paper-free, the Enterprise Digitalization and Case Management Office is also focused on increasing access to “enormous amounts” of machine-readable data and training employees to use that information. The new office intends to be an agile team that scales pilots yielding positive results, and it already has procured a Pegasystems platform for case management. IRS casework currently spans more than 60 aging, largely siloed IT systems. Davy Nyczepir has more.

Victoria Coleman named DARPA director

DARPA has a permanent director for the first time since January. The Pentagon announced Monday that Victoria Coleman will officially replace Steve Walker, who left at the beginning of the year. Coleman brings more than three decades of experience in government, academia and the private sector, working in leadership roles at companies like Atlas AI, Yahoo!, Nokia, Samsung and Intel Corp. More from Billy Mitchell.


Steps for stronger security with modern data backup plans

The shift to remote work during the pandemic has given ransomware attackers a wider foothold to exploit IT vulnerabilities. Federal IT leaders need to develop stronger safeguards to secure their data. IT experts from Veritas Technologies discuss two critical steps to secure agency data — a comprehensive protection strategy that includes endpoints and data backup, along with recovery plans to ensure a quick response. Hear the full conversation.

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