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More involved in VA breach

According to some Senate Democrats, the recent breach that compromised the information of 46,000 veterans could also have impacted some community care providers as well. While the senators say it affected 17,000 providers, the Department of Veterans Affairs rebuffed the idea: “17,000 community care providers used the application involved in the incident, but only 13 of those were impacted by the breach and just six had payments diverted,” a spokesperson said. Jackson Barnett has more on the breach.

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Hurd, Kelly make final push to create a national AI strategy

After spending the past year building a case for why the U.S. needs a national artificial intelligence strategy, Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., finally issued a resolution last week, moving the nation closer to bring that strategy to life. Hurd's and Kelly’s resolution proposes 78 actions leading to responsible AI innovation. Hurd hopes to have the strategy in place before he leaves office in November. Dave Nyczepir has the latest.

AI workforce needs more than "incremental changes"

Speaking of the development of AI, leaders from the National Security Commission on AI told lawmakers last week that they should take “bold” action on improving the government’s technical workforce and senior leadership’s understanding of AI. In line with that, the commission recommended a “digital academy” that would require civilian government service in exchange for free tuition, similar to the military academies. More from Jackson.

DDS helps Navy keep an eye on drones near ships

When the Navy sent hospital ships to New York City and Los Angeles for relief during the early surges in COVID-19, the Defense Digital Service stepped up to help in a way you might not expect: DDS lent the Navy its counter-unmanned aerial systems platforms to keep an eye on drones flown into the airspace nearby the ships. While the drones didn't directly threaten harm to anyone on the ships, they did pose a threat to operations, particularly helicopters that would fly onto and from the vessels. Ultimately, DDS gave the Navy situational awareness of the airspace around the floating hospitals and came away with some key insights into the flight patterns of domestic hobbyist drones. Billy Mitchell takes you inside.

IG hacks Interior Department quite easily

Where multibillion-dollar companies hire expensive outside experts to conduct elaborate mock-raids on their networks, federal agencies tend to rely on their inspectors general. And a new report from the Department of Interior’s watchdog would make any crack team of corporate security-testers proud. To test the hundreds of wireless security networks at the DOI, IG investigators surreptitiously used hacking tools from publicly accessible areas to intercept and communications in multiple bureaus at the sprawling department. They found systematic weakness in the department’s security that a malicious hacker could have exploited to steal data. More on CyberScoop.

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