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A new Federal CIO

The president announced Tuesday that he will appoint a new Federal CIO. Basil Parker will be the administrator of the Office of Electronic Government in the Office of Management and Budget, a position better known as the Federal CIO. Parker has spent the past nine months as chief of staff of the Office of Personnel Management and before that was the agency's senior adviser for IT and cyber workforce development. More on Parker's appointment.

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Military leaders tout Joint Common Foundation

Kicking off day one of FedTalks 2020, two of the Department of Defense's top IT and artificial intelligence leaders spoke about the continued evolution of the Joint AI Center. CIO Dana Deasy and JAIC Director Lt. Gen. Michael Groen described the importance of the Joint Common Foundation in scaling AI across the department. “JAIC could never do all of the AI initiatives for the DOD” alone, Deasy said. “At the core of JAIC’s success has got to be this JCF.” More from FedTalks.

'We can win this battle'

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, also took the virtual stage at FedTalks, describing his new proposal for a national AI strategy and what the U.S. needs to do to win the "battle" for AI against China. “We need to operate as if we’re behind. But here’s what I can say: the U.S can win. We can win this battle,” Hurd said. Sara Wilson has more from Hurd.

NOAA's $311M EIS award

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded a $311 million Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract to AT&T to prepare for 5G and edge computing. The 10-year task order will consolidate NOAA‘s networks into one Internet Protocol-based network, limiting the risk of network outages — a challenge NOAA experienced while supplying environmental intelligence on 16 big disasters in the first nine months of 2020. Dave Nyczepir has the story.

Silicon Valley actually doesn't mind the military

You've probably heard it a time or two before: Silicon Valley isn't a fan of working with the military. But according to a new survey from Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology, a majority of AI workers are either inclined to work on Department of Defense projects or don't really care one way or the other. Jackson Barnett has more.

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