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IT legislation on the lame-duck docket

Congress reconvenes Monday after the holiday with a full slate of IT legislation either ready for the president's signature or awaiting floor approval before this session closes. From a bill that would codify the General Services Administration's Centers of Excellence (CoE) program to Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd's national AI strategy, we take a look at the major IT legislation still outstanding as the 116th Congress wraps up its work. Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.

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For the military, 'AI is not IT'

For the armed services, artificial intelligence isn't about IT, according to the Pentagon's top AI official. Lt. Gen. Michael Groen said last week that his Joint AI Center is shifting its focus from providing tech tools to enabling warfighters with data to make quick and effective decisions on the battlefield. “AI is about decision making, not decision making in the abstract but decision making in the finite, in the moment,” Groen said. Jackson Barnett has more from the JAIC.

ICE plots $100m cloud acquisition

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is planning to launch a $100 million cloud acquisition solicitation next month for cloud infrastructure hosting in Amazon and Microsoft environments. Whether the contract meets resistance remains to be seen, given both companies’ histories of protests over their work with ICE and the likelihood the agency sees reforms under President-elect Joe Biden. Dave has this too.


Legacy IT’s costly implications to IT and legal teams

As IT leaders push mission services to the cloud, they may be overlooking the burden of legacy e-discovery tools to the pursuit of justice and truth. The explosion of both personal and corporate electronic records makes the discovery process of digital evidence increasingly complex, with legal teams at risk of overlooking information critical to a case. However, a new generation tools can benefit both legal teams and IT minimize tool bloat and assemble information from siloed sources. Read more from the report.


For AI, most of the work comes after launch

Successful artificial intelligence applications are difficult to build. However, leaders may not be proactively planning for the work required to manage and monitor the tool after it is built to make sure it is doing no harm once implemented, says Google Cloud’s Andrew Moore. Moore shares his lessons learned on AI development to agency executives during a keynote at FedTalks 2020. Learn more.

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