Tech
Coronavirus Variants Have Nowhere to Hide
Our tests will need frequent touch-ups to make sure that no mutations get past them.
KATHERINE J. WU
JUNE 7, 2021
GovExec Daily: How Governments Can Promote Equity
Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley joins the show to discuss how local governments can leverage data and information to promote equity.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLERMAY 13, 2021
GovExec Daily: Using Data for Racial Equity
Temilola Afolabi joins the podcast to discuss how the White House can use data in the pursuit of equity.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLERMAY 10, 2021
A Year Without Germs
Months of exuberant hand-sanitizing and social isolation during the pandemic have changed our exposure to microbes, in ways good and bad.
JAMES HAMBLIN, THE ATLANTIC
MAY 4, 2021
GovExec Daily: The Major Changes In Federal Digital Operations and Acquisition
Stan Soloway joins the podcast to discuss President Joe Biden's appointments and how they will attempt to modernize government.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLERAPRIL 28, 2021
‘I Feel like I’m Drowning’: Women Business Owners Keep Hitting New Barriers to Federal Loan Aid
Women, especially women of color, are driving small-business growth during a pandemic in which they’ve been hit particularly hard — and missed out on help.
MARIEL PADILLA, THE 19TH
APRIL 26, 2021
Video Conferencing Can Tank Collective Intelligence
By reducing synchrony among speakers, video conferencing actually may make it harder to communicate effectively than non-visual ways of connecting.
FUTURITY
APRIL 22, 2021
Biden Appointments Signal Major Changes In Digital Operations and Acquisition
Early signs suggest federal agencies may be on the cusp of a significant leap forward.
STAN SOLOWAY
APRIL 20, 2021
Why ‘Zoom Fatigue’ Is Worse For Women
New findings may clarify why women are suffering more from Zoom fatigue, or feeling worn out from lots of online video calls.
FUTURITY
APRIL 19, 2021
The U.S. Just Set Ambitious Offshore Wind Power Targets – What Will It Take to Meet Them?
To increase renewable energy use, the Biden administration wants the U.S. to go from seven offshore wind turbines today to enough to power 10 million homes within a decade.
ERIN BAKER AND MATTHEW LACKNER, THE CONVERSATION
APRIL 2, 2021
There’s Nothing Historic About Biden’s NASA Pick
After 62 years, the space agency will have to wait a little longer for its first female leader.
MARINA KOREN, THE ATLANTICMARCH 22, 2021
Who Would Kidnap a Space Telescope?
‘‘We hope pirates don’t take it,” one astrophysicist said.
MARINA KOREN, THE ATLANTICMARCH 14, 2021
GovExec Daily: Modernizing DHA Records Management
Dcode's Riya Patel joins the show to discuss how the Defense Health Agency is looking to update its systems.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLERMARCH 12, 2021
Thousands of American Jobs May Depend on Performance of a New GSA Website
Biden’s new “Made in America” executive order creates an opportunity to close loopholes that allow companies to manufacture products overseas for nebulous reasons.
CHANDRA BROWN
MARCH 9, 2021
The Differences Between the Vaccines Matter
Yes, all of the COVID-19 vaccines are very good. No, they’re not all the same.
HILDA BASTIAN, THE ATLANTIC
MARCH 9, 2021
GovExec Daily: A First-Person COVID-19 Vaccine Experience
Host Ross Gianfortune joins producer Adam Butler to discuss Gianfortune's experience getting his first dose in D.C.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLERMARCH 5, 2021
Viewpoint: The Government Needs to Find Big Tech a New Business Model
Facebook and Google want to keep playing three roles: essential infrastructure, publisher, and targeted-ad mogul. That’s impossible.
ZEPHYR TEACHOUT, THE ATLANTICFEBRUARY 22, 2021
Why Too Many Government Modernization Efforts Fail
Technology “solutions” almost never address the organizational issues critical to success.
NINA KERN
FEBRUARY 19, 2021
‘Cruel’ Digital Race For Vaccines Leaves Many Seniors Behind
Glitchy websites, jammed phone lines and long lines outside clinics are commonplace as states expand who’s eligible to be vaccinated. The oldest Americans and those without caregivers and computer skills are at a distinct disadvantage.
WILL STONE, KAISER HEALTH NEWSFEBRUARY 8, 2021
GovExec Daily: Getting Politics Out of the COVID-19 Response
Dr. Ron Sanders joins the show to discuss how the Biden administration can get out apolitical information to fight the pandemic.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLER
FEBRUARY 4, 2021
The U.S. Spent $2.2 Million on a Cybersecurity System That Wasn’t Implemented — and Might Have Stopped a Major Hack
The software company SolarWinds unwittingly allowed hackers’ code into thousands of federal computers. A cybersecurity system called in-toto, which the government paid to develop but never required, might have protected against this.
JACK GILLUM AND PETER ELKIND , PROPUBLICA
FEBRUARY 3, 2021
GovExec Daily: Records Transfer and the Trump Administration
Courtney Bublé joins the show to discuss the concerns about the Trump administration's records management.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLER
FEBRUARY 3, 2021
The Simple Task That Mars Made Impossible
NASA spent nearly two years trying to wrangle a probe designed to burrow into the planet’s soil.
MARINA KOREN, THE ATLANTIC
FEBRUARY 1, 2021
Can the U.S. Keep COVID-19 Variants in Check? Here’s What It Takes
The U.S. has fumbled almost every step of its public health response in its battle against COVID-19. Experts say that must change if we’re going to outflank the variants emerging as the virus continues to mutate
ANNA MARIA BARRY-JESTER, KAISER HEALTH NEWS
JANUARY 29, 2021
GovExec Daily: How the Government and Contractors Can Cooperate on IT Security
SAP National Security Services CEO Mark Testoni joins the podcast to discuss how agencies can more effectively use contracting to secure critical infrastructure.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLER
JANUARY 27, 2021
GovExec Daily: The Biden Administration’s Coronavirus Response
Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss how the Biden administration is addressing the COVID-19 crisis.
ADAM BUTLER
JANUARY 26, 2021
GovExec Daily: Joe Biden's IT Priorities in the White House
Former federal CIO Vivek Kundra joins the podcast to discuss the information technology and cloud computing challenges the new president will face.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLER
JANUARY 25, 2021
5 Ways Biden Can Help Rural America Thrive and Bridge the Rural-Urban Divide
A new federal antipoverty program for both rural and urban areas is part of the solution, but the power of Big Ag, lack of internet and struggling towns need attention, too.
ANN EISENBERG, JESSICA A. SHOEMAKER AND LISA R. PRUITT, THE CONVERSATION
JANUARY 23, 2021
How Will People Actually Get COVID-19 Vaccines?
With COVID-19 vaccine distribution underway, how will people get them and what are the potential distribution pitfalls? An expert breaks down the logistics.
FUTURITY
JANUARY 4, 2021
Looking Beyond the Federal Data Strategy
We may be entering a Golden Age of data sharing.
JOHN KAMENSKY
DECEMBER 24, 2020
GovExec Daily: What We Know About the Massive Hack
Nextgov's Frank Konkel joins the podcast to discuss the data breach affecting agencies and contractors.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLER
DECEMBER 22, 2020
Scientists Suggest U.S. Embassies Were Hit With High-Power Microwaves – Here’s How The Weapons Work
High-power microwave weapons are useful for disabling electronics. They might also be behind the ailments suffered by US diplomats and CIA agents in Cuba and China.
EDL SCHAMILOGLU, THE CONVERSATION
DECEMBER 11, 2020
Expert: We Need New Laws For The Facial Recognition ‘Wild West’
A new paper outlines why Congress needs to regulate facial recognition to protect consumers and their "faceprints."
FUTURITY
DECEMBER 11, 2020
GovExec Daily: Establishing Public Trust in a Vaccine
University of Florida's Ann Christiano and Jack J. Barry join the podcast to discuss how officials can promote health measures to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLER
DECEMBER 7, 2020
Coronavirus Vaccines: Health Experts Identify Ways to Build Public Trust
The United Nations recently asked a group of experts across the world to recommend ways to persuade people to take a COVID-19 vaccine. Here is a summary of their suggestions.
JACK J. BARRY AND ANN CHRISTIANO, THE CONVERSATION
NOVEMBER 29, 2020
What Is the Best Strategy to Deploy a COVID-19 Vaccine?
Mathematicians are playing a key role in fighting the pandemic by modeling different scenarios for a vaccine rollout.
JILL NEIMARK, UNDARK
NOVEMBER 22, 2020
Did Trump Delay the Arrival of At-Home Coronavirus Testing?
Some experts think that at-home testing can stop coronavirus outbreaks, and that the government should have been doing more to produce the tests.
OLGA KHAZAN, THE ATLANTICNOVEMBER 19, 2020
Regulators Can Help Clear the Way for Entrepreneurial Energy Companies to Innovate
A study points to one way to speed up adoption of innovations in clean energy technology – more flexibility among state regulators.
JAKE GRANDY AND SHON HIATT, THE CONVERSATION
NOVEMBER 19, 2020
GovExec Daily: The Tech Priorities For the Incoming Administration
Nextgov's Frank Konkel joins the podcast to discuss the the Biden White House's plans for when they take office in January.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLER
NOVEMBER 18, 2020
Trump Fires DHS Exec Who Disputed President's Baseless Election Fraud Claims
After helping to keep the election secure from hackers, the CISA director turned to refuting the baseless claims of the president.
PATRICK TUCKER
NOVEMBER 18, 2020
GovExec Daily: Knowledge Management Across Agencies
Tesla Government's Andrea Castle joins the podcast to discuss how government can collaborate better.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLER
NOVEMBER 11, 2020
How to Be a Good Digital Citizen during the Election – and Its Aftermath
That "friend of a friend" post you're thinking about sharing on social media could make you an unwitting accomplice in a disinformation campaign.
KOLINA KOLTAI
NOVEMBER 2, 2020
New Eyewitness Accounts: Feds Didn’t Identify Themselves Before Opening Fire on Portland Antifa Suspect
Local law enforcement officers deputized as U.S. Marshals have given conflicting accounts of the shooting. Witnesses say they heard no warning before the agents shot Michael Reinoehl dead, an outcome President Trump termed “retribution.’’
BRYAN DENSON AND CONRAD WILSON, PROPUBLICA
OCTOBER 14, 2020
GovExec Daily: Building Supply Chain Resiliency at Agencies and Contractors
Deloitte's Melanie Rojas joins the show to discuss how systems can better handle a disruption like the pandemic.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLER
OCTOBER 14, 2020
These 12 Exemplary Feds Led Hurricane Response, Coronavirus Vaccine Research and Much More
Honoring the 2020 Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Award winners.
TOM SHOOP
OCTOBER 9, 2020
The US Military Is About to Launch Its Largest 5G Experiments Yet
The “at-scale” tests could change defense networks, training, and logistics — and how Americans use the Internet.
PATRICK TUCKER
OCTOBER 9, 2020
GovExec Daily: NASA's New Space Toilet Project
Nextgov's Brandi Vincent joins the podcast to discuss the Universal Waste Management System.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLER
OCTOBER 1, 2020
The Future of Space is Female
NASA is sending a woman to the moon and putting women among its highest ranks, part of a concerted push toward inclusivity in an industry long dominated by men.
CHABELI CARRAZANA, THE 19THSEPTEMBER 24, 2020
How and When Will We Know that a COVID-19 Vaccine Is Safe and Effective?
Several vaccines are in Phase 3 trials. So when will we know whether any of these will protect against COVID-19?
WILLIAM PETRI, THE CONVERSATION
SEPTEMBER 23, 2020
HUD’s Irv Dennis On Applying Private Sector Experience to Improve Financial Practices
“The people at HUD are strong, smart and mission-driven,” the department’s CFO says.
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
SEPTEMBER 23, 2020
'We’ve All Started Calling it “the Senseless” '
Workers say the census’ tailor-made app, designed by a company with a poor track record with the Census Bureau, is inefficient and buggy. The problems have made them question whether the app was tested rigorously.
WILL CARLESS AND DAVID RODRIGUEZ, REVEAL
SEPTEMBER 22, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccines: Open Source Licensing Could Keep Big Pharma from Making Huge Profits off Taxpayer-Funded Research
Governments must embrace policies that promote sharing and collective invention to create and distribute a vaccine quickly.
TIMOTHY FORD AND CHARLES M SCHWEIK, THE CONVERSATION
SEPTEMBER 20, 2020
What the U.S. Needs to Do to Secure Election 2020
Paper ballots and updated voter machine standards are among the best ways to protect democracy and the security of the election, experts say.
FUTURITY
SEPTEMBER 15, 2020
Five Military Sites Chosen for Phase III Trial of COVID Vaccine Candidate
AstraZeneca is seeking 30,000 volunteers for the trial, which may lead to an effective vaccine by year’s end.
PATRICK TUCKER
SEPTEMBER 4, 2020
Pentagon, Defense Contractors Are Out Of Step On Tech Innovation, GAO Finds
The Pentagon wanted to fund ambitious research into future tech breakthroughs but contractors spend most of their money on safer bets, GAO has found.
PATRICK TUCKER
SEPTEMBER 4, 2020
Will the New 15-Minute COVID-19 Test Solve U.S. Testing Problems?
The new BinaxNOW antigen test is quick, easy, accurate and cheap. It could solve the U.S. testing problem, but the emergency use authorization only allows people with COVID-19 symptoms to get tested.
ZOË MCLAREN, THE CONVERSATIONSEPTEMBER 2, 2020
GovExec Daily: How Do You Avoid Collisions in Space?
Former Administrator of NASA Sean O'Keefe joins the podcast to discuss traffic management in low Earth orbit.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLER
SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
GovExec Daily: Updating Legacy IT Systems at Agencies
Nextgov's Mila Jasper and Heather Kuldell join the podcast to discuss the progress of IT system upgrades.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLER
AUGUST 31, 2020
GovExec Daily: Using Tech to Weed Out Financial Fraud
Dr. Gary Shiffman joins the podcast to discuss how to identify those trying to scam the government out of stimulus programs like the PPP.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLER
AUGUST 18, 2020
GovExec Daily: The Postmaster General, Reform and Technology
Michael Plunkett joins the podcast to examine the business and operational changes at USPS.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLER
AUGUST 13, 2020
GovExec Daily: Using Data for the Business of Government
Nick Hart of the Data Coalition  and Jesse Rauch of Active Navigation join the podcast to discuss data strategy in evidence-based policy, transparency and even the COVID-19 response.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLER
AUGUST 11, 2020
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