Agencies are eyeing a range of possibilities to take advantage of 5G advances, but perhaps no application is more urgent than ensuring and even boosting connectivity to aide disaster response. “Through mechanisms in 4G and 5G, we can prioritize access and bandwidth in such way that wireless priority service can be given to first responders,” said Mark McDiarmid, senior vice president for radio network engineering and development at T-Mobile USA.
The Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology directorate wants to help first responders realize the potential benefits of fifth-generation wireless communications and avoid the challenges associated with relying on more interconnected, digital technologies.
For the FDA, as for so many agencies, information technology is a big-ticket expenditure. The Health and Human Services inspector general examined FDA contracting officers dealing with one large deal, and found a few things to tighten up.
Intelligence analysis has long relied on data generated by people on the ground and signals in the air. Now the discussion within defense and intelligence circles centers on the potential of data available for sale, so-called commercial intelligence.
The last year has been transformative for federal cybersecurity. Amid the ongoing government wide initiative to achieve zero-trust, all agencies strove to bolster their defenses. On the other hand, adversaries continued to advance malicious cyber efforts.
The General Services Administration unveiled its Workplace Innovation Lab at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. with five furniture vendors to demonstrate what the office space of the future could look like.