Weekly News Kickoff: Are Self-Driving Cars on the Way? - (Archived)

Self-driving cars: Do you think they would that be good or bad in the Washington, D.C., region? We may all soon find out after President Obama proposed a $4 billion budget for self-driving cars. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights.

Obama Proposes $4 Billion Budget for Self-Driving Cars
President Obama on Thursday proposed a $4 billion budget to accelerate pilot program testing of self-driving vehicles over the next decade, in a move to spur acceptance of these vehicles on the nation’s highways, Information Week reports. Under the proposal, Obama aims to bring together federal regulators, state government officials and car manufacturers to craft a national policy that could fast-track the arrival of driverless cars on the nation’s roads, according to a Washington Post report.

Agencies Look to Public for Digital Work on Open Source
More teams around the federal government are looking to private citizens to collaborate on open source projects. Programs including the DigitalGov Open Opportunities page, which the General Services Administration runs, allow programmers and developers in the general public and across government to lend a hand on digital projects that make an impact. There are several opportunities for the public to participate. Read the full FedScoop article for details.

Government Remains Focused on Citizen-Facing Apps, Enterprise Apps Lag, Report Says
Citizen-facing mobile applications remain the core focus of the federal government’s mobility efforts, FierceGovernmentIT reports. According to a new report from IBM’s government research group, applications for internal organizational use are less popular and in the “very early stages of emergence.” These apps help deliver public services or draw from public resources to help the public with other types of decision making. The report breaks federal citizen-facing apps into five basic categories: Information and news service apps, apps for “on- the-go” services, crowdsourcing apps, health and safety information apps, and educational apps.

FBI Seeking Permanent CIO
Want to drive IT policy for the Federal Bureau of Investigation? Now is your chance. The FBI is looking for a new agency CIO to fill the vacancy left by its previous top IT manager, who departed in August, Federal Times reports. The bureau posted the job opening on its website this week, offering a salary of $123,000 to $185,000. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and eligible for Top Secret-SCI clearance.

DISA Increasing its Role in the Cyber Fight
The Defense Information Systems Agency is continuing to play an increasingly important role in the U.S. fight in cyberspace, Defense Systems reports. “Our marriage to Cyber Command is beginning to expand,” Tony Montemarano, executive deputy director of DISA, told an audience at breakfast hosted by AFCEA’s DC chapter. “We have the Joint Force Headquarters with us and I will tell you … their role is expanding,” he said, referring to DISA’s Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Networks, or JFHQ-DODIN, which reached initial operational capacity in January of 2015. The headquarters is described as Cyber Command’s operational arm responsible for directing global DODIN operations.

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