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NIST confirms that facial recognition doesn’t work equally well for all

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has done extensive research to confirm what many have been saying for years: Facial recognition doesn’t work equally well for all people. In general, today’s facial recognition algorithms tend to be best at identifying white, male faces and can struggle when it comes to the faces of women or people of color. NIST evaluated 189 software algorithms from 99 developers — “a majority of the industry” — using federal government data sets containing roughly 18 million images of more than 8 million people. NIST found that the algorithms misidentified people of color more than white people and misidentified women more than men. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has more from the report.

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The five leaders of the 21st Century IDEA

The 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (21st Century IDEA) had its first anniversary last week. To commemorate that milestone, Adobe's Jace Johnson detailed the five agencies that he thinks are best meeting the requirements of the law: to provide a more consistent, mobile-friendly user experience across federal digital services and websites. See who Johnson picked in this op-ed.

Deputy U.S. CIO Margie Graves to depart OMB

As the year comes to a close, the federal IT community will lose one of its most accomplished leaders. Margie Graves announced last week that after 18 years in government, the last three of which she was deputy federal CIO, she will retire from public service for a role in the private sector. Graves told FedScoop it's “the perfect time in the cycle” to step away from the deputy CIO role after the Office of the Federal CIO and has passed a host of federal IT policy — including Cloud Smart and the establishment of the Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy — this year. Read more on Graves' departure.

SEC makes David Bottom CIO

SEC has named a new CIO to oversee the functionality and security of the agency’s IT systems. David Bottom, a longtime federal IT figure, will take over the CIO role in January. Bottom most recently served as both CIO and chief data officer at the Office of Intelligence and Analysis within the Department of Homeland Security. Acting CIO Chuck Riddle will return to his dual deputy CIO and chief technology officer role. Dave Nyczepir has more.

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