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DHS makes more investments in automotive cyber research

DHS makes more investments in automotive cyber research

The Department of Homeland Security continues to fund research into automotive cyber security, with new grants announced for the University of Michigan and HRL Laboratories.

The Michigan team was awarded $1.2 million to develop a method for convenient, safe and reliable over-the-air updates for government and privately owned vehicles, with the goal of creating a comprehensive industry standard that includes design specs, reference source code and best practices for integration, testing and deployment.

HRL Laboratories will receive $2.5 million to design a system to detect cyber-physical inconsistencies that would provide an early warning in case of an attack.

On Oct. 20, DHS announced funding to researchers at New York University to design, build and demonstrate deployment of a practical secure update system for automobiles.

Posted on Nov 03, 2015 at 11:27 AM0 comments


GSA’s Integrated Award Environment embraces GitHub

GSA’s Integrated Award Environment embraces GitHub

The General Service Administration’s Integrated Award Environment (IAE) will now use the cloud-based GitHub platform for both its software code repository and its outreach efforts to the broader developer community.

IAE is part of the White House’s E-Government initiatives and, according to GSA, aims to

"improve systems and operations for those who award, administer or receive federal financial assistance (i.e., grants, loans), contracts and intergovernmental transactions."

By adopting GitHub as the IAE’s new foundation, community developers can minimize repetition, avoid overwriting another’s code and more efficiently recover from errors, according to the post on GSA Interact.

Considering how many agencies and private-sector partners already use GitHub for public engagement, the platform was an easy choice for IAE.  Software code version control within the cloud is also extremely helpful in creating a distributed workforce environment for the many off-site GSA developers.

Additional benefits, according to the GSA’s blog post, include widespread developer collaboration, a secure and common ground for code sourcing, “roll back” capabilities to previously made code changes, documentation of bugs and better tracking of development progress and issues.

IAE will also use GitHub for outreach to the award management community as a means for software developers to review IAE architecture documentation. GSA plans for it to become one of the primary channels for the OpenIAE Initiative.

Posted on Nov 03, 2015 at 11:23 AM0 comments


FAA appoints drone registration task force

Task force to hammer out drone registration guidelines

The Federal Aviation Administration announced the members of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force that will meet formally from Nov. 3-5 to develop recommendations for a streamlined registration process and minimum requirements for UAS registration.

This task force will provide recommendations on the type of registration platform needed to accommodate small UAS, and on whether it is appropriate for the FAA to continue to exercise discretion with respect to requiring registration of certain UAS based on their weight and performance capabilities.

The FAA is requesting suggestions from the public in a number of areas, including clarification on the types of data collected, the feasibility of web-based registration, where the information should be stored and whether fees should be collected.

Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox set a deadline of Nov. 20 for the task force to finalize its recommendations. Given the short deadline and the expected boom in holiday sales of unmanned aircraft, DOT and FAA officials will move quickly to consider and establish the recommendations.

The 25-member task force includes representatives from a number of aviation associations as well as from Amazon Prime Air, GoogleX and Walmart, which have expressed interest in drone delivery systems.  

Posted on Nov 02, 2015 at 11:23 AM0 comments


emerging tech gets serious

Look out: They're sending in the suits on emerging tech

You knew it was coming. Now that market research firm IDC has

The now-solid platform of cloud, mobile, social, and big data technologies sets the stage for what IDC has dubbed innovation accelerators: the Internet of Things; cognitive systems; next-gen security; augmented and virtual reality, robotics and 3D printing.

"The adoption of these technologies will drive digital transformation by opening new revenue streams, creating information-based organizations, and changing the way work is performed," said IDC Chief Research Officer Crawford Del Prete. "Together, these forces are contributing to a once in a generation structural shift in the IT industry itself."

IDC's expanded coverage of the innovation accelerators will include six dedicated global research programs with worldwide forecasts, vertical use cases and leading vendor profiles along with companion spending guides.

Posted on Nov 02, 2015 at 11:23 AM0 comments


Iowa City moves workforce management to the cloud

Iowa City moves workforce management to the cloud

Iowa City is moving workforce management for than 750 employees across all departments into the cloud with the Workforce Ready solution from Kronos Inc.  

The city had been manually collecting and entering workforce data, which was slow and inefficient because of complex workforce compliance rules, payroll schedules for shift work and union contracts. The Kronos system promises to help automate and standardize the city’s workforce management processes, and save the city from acquiring additional hardware.

Because the Workforce Ready solution will be integrated with the city’s enterprise resource planning system, it will also increase the accuracy of employee time and attendance data entering the ERP system.  Kronos officials said this will enhance the overall quality of the entire payroll process.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 1:10 PM0 comments