The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) director said on Tuesday that artificial intelligence (AI) is a daunting but phenomenal resource that is developing “much more rapidly than society is prepared to absorb.”

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The Biden-Harris administration is following through on its promise to advance equality for the LGBTQI+ community with the release of a formal framework to ensure better data collection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex individuals.

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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has announced in a new memo that its phasing out some guidelines from its Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) rules in an effort to streamline training and certification efforts for Federal contracting professionals.

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The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) published a new set of guidelines last week as part of a framework that aims to strengthen policies and practices for scientific integrity across the Federal government and agencies.

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The White House this week hit the refresh button on dozens of nominations left over from 2022 and even earlier, including several for officials that may have big impacts on the Federal technology and workforce fronts if their nominations are cleared by the U.S. Senate.

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Electronic Records

MeriTalk is looking back at the year in review for the techiest EOs to come out of the White House this year, how agencies have responded, and what further steps Feds must still take in 2023 to implement the orders.

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AI

The Biden Administration’s Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights has been public for two months, and artificial intelligence experts want to see more Federal agencies leveraging the guide to help protect the rights of Americans in an AI-powered world.

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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a rule last week allowing agencies to hire some employees for certain roles requiring STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills on a temporary basis for terms lasting as long as ten years.

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PMA

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) unveiled its latest President’s Management Agenda (PMA) quarterly updates today, outlining the Biden administration’s progress on its three PMA priorities focused on strengthening the Federal workforce, customer experience, and government business management.

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improper payments

The White House said that the Federal government’s improper payment rate for fiscal year (FY) 2022 dropped by 2.1 percentage points – from 7.2 percent in FY2021 to 5.1 percent in FY2022 – marking a 26 percent reduction in the improper payment rate on a year-over-year basis.

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space

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released the first National Cislunar Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy on Nov. 17, outlining how U.S. S&T leadership will support responsible exploration and use of Cislunar space.

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The Biden-Harris administration’s 120-day cyber apprenticeship “sprint” launched earlier this year has netted some impressive results including the hiring of over 7,000 apprentices, creation of nearly 200 new cybersecurity apprenticeship programs, and the addition of 120 cybersecurity-related occupations to the program.

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The White House on Nov. 1 wrapped up its two-day International Counter Ransomware Initiative (CRI) Summit that produced a lengthy list of goals for participant countries to shoot for in curbing ransomware attacks.

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The White House announced on Oct. 26 that it will expand the Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Cybersecurity Initiative to the chemical sector, as part of a larger effort to set cybersecurity baselines for critical infrastructure and protect infrastructure from cyber threats.

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OMB

Arati Prabhaker, who took over as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) earlier this month, late last week outlined several mindset and policy shifts that she said are necessary to meet technology challenges facing the United States.

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Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, and Frank Lucas, R-Okla., have sent a letter to White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director, Arati Prabhakar, requesting details on how OSTP plans to implement new guidance that directs Federal agencies to make Federally-funded research publicly accessible.

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AI

Lynne Parker, who until August served as founding director of the White House’s National Artificial Intelligence Office (NAIIO), said this week that she’d like to see individual Federal agencies get more involved with regulation of AI technologies in the sectors that they oversee.

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