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A new JAIC is born

The Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is evolving its mission. Lt. Gen. Michael Groen, the office's newly minted director, described "JAIC 2.0" last week, with less focus on JAIC's own individual successes and more on connecting the disparate AI efforts across the Pentagon to better transform the military into an “information age” organization. The JAIC will help the DOD and its many branches and components get “AI-ready,” Groen said. “We will continue to do products … but we really want to create a tide that raises all boats.” Jackson Barnett has the scoop.

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CIOs, CTOs ... now CXOs?

A top Trump innovation adviser has pitched the idea of agencies bringing on customer experience officers, or CXOs, much like a CIO or CTO role. Speaking on the need to hire CXOs, Matt Lira said: “It’s the ‘why’ of everything we do in IT modernization." Dave Nyczepir has this one.

GSA lost track of 15,000 contractor PIV cards

The General Services Administration mishandled a large number of contract employee access cards, according to an audit by its Office of Inspector General. The OIG’s report says the agency was unable to account for about 15,000 personal identity verification (PIV) cards issued to contract employees and failed to recover 445 such cards from those who failed their background checks. Dave has more from the audit.

VA hospitals to begin 3D printing medical devices at point of care

The Veterans Health Administration entered into an expanded collaboration agreement with 3D Systems to increase its use of 3D printing inside veterans hospitals. The VHA will work with 3D Systems’ health care additive manufacturing team in both design and the FDA clearance process. In addition to offering its advanced printers and materials, 3D Systems will also provide its related workflow and software to the agency. Sara Wilson has more.


For the future of work, zero trust is a must

During the pandemic, hackers are not relenting in their attacks against the federal agency remote workforce. Under a new cloud-based paradigm, where the network is no longer confined to the physical walls of a federal building, agencies can't assume the identity of or default to trusting any user or device, says security expert Yassir Abousselham in a new podcast. Hear more from Abousselham.

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