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Brandi Vincent

Brandi Vincent
Brandi Vincent reports on the federal government’s use of and policies for emerging technologies. Before joining Nextgov, she produced a long-form documentary and helped create news at Snapchat and mixed media at NBC. Brandi was named a 2021 Paul Miller Washington Fellow by the National Press Foundation and was awarded SIIA’s 2020 Jesse H. Neal Award for Best News Coverage. She grew up in south Louisiana and received a master’s in journalism from the University of Maryland.
Tech & Data

Inside Pacific Northwest National Lab’s 5G Innovation Studio

Federal officials are exploring what the next generation of wireless capabilities has to offer.

Public Safety

DOJ to Help Rural and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies Buy Body-Worn Cameras

The $7.65 million competitive grants program will also help agencies with fewer than 50 personnel.

Tech & Data

House Bill Would Require Government to Drastically Modernize Digital ID Verification

The legislation’s text calls for next-generation solutions to address inadequacies of existing digital identity systems that degrade the privacy and security of American consumers. 

Health & Human Services

Lawmakers Propose $50 Million Federal Program to Support Rural Patients

If passed, a new bill could increase telehealth and remote patient monitoring in places with limited broadband access.

Tech & Data

National Parks Service Shares Fresh Details on Forthcoming Self-Driving Shuttle Pilot

Yellowstone National Park visitors can catch rides on the autonomous shuttles early next summer.

Infrastructure

Lawmakers Want Data to Decide the Future of America’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

New legislation would launch a $10 million grant program to set the scene for what’s to come on the EV-use landscape.

Tech & Data

Top Tech Companies Begin Pushing Priorities for Biden Administration

Microsoft, IBM and other companies urged the president-elect to consider policies for boosting workforce development, solving the pandemic and addressing biometrics in surveillance.

Tech & Data

Self-Driving Shuttles Are Set to Be Deployed at Yellowstone National Park in 2021

The National Park Service is exploring emerging, autonomous technologies through a new pilot program that the public can opt to participate in.

Tech & Data

NOAA Partners with Google to Boost Weather Forecasts with AI

The roughly $10 million deal will also incorporate new hands-on training opportunities for both entities’ personnel.

Tech & Data

How the Energy Department is Working to Engage Americans on Exascale Supercomputing

Officials also offered updates on how the buildout of U.S. exascale machines is unfolding.

Tech & Data

House Lawmakers Re-Introduce Bill to Provide Legal Backing for Blockchain Records

It marks the latest of several other acts recently introduced that hone in on the emerging technology.

Tech & Data

Lawmakers Propose Using FCC E-Rate Funds to Boost Individuals’ Internet Access

The Federal Communications Commission-provided funds have historically been distributed to institutions instead of people.

Tech & Data

Lawmakers Propose $1M to Examine How Mis- And Disinformation Impacted Covid-19 Response

In particular, they’d like to know more about foreign and domestic sources propagating false information.

Tech & Data

How Good Is Your Phishing Training? A New Tool Could Help Figure That Out.

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology are looking to pool more data from outside organizations to further refine it.

Tech & Data

Bipartisan House Bill Targets Improving Digital Identity Verification

The measure would create a task force of local, state and federal officials to produce a comprehensive, standards-based approach to digital identity verification.

Tech & Data

USDA Makes New Move in Broad Effort to Bring Innovative Tech to America’s Farmers

The agriculture-focused agency wants public input on potentially disruptive ideas that could be ready to be implemented.

Tech & Data

Open-Source Project Aims to Broaden Access to Early Alerts for Earthquakes 

Using internet of things devices and open-source standards, developers and citizen scientists can help monitor earthquake activity, deliver alerts in moments of risk—and more. 

Tech & Data

U.S., International Lawmakers Push Facebook to Stop Online Hate Targeting Women

The social media giant must more aggressively enforce rules that it already has in place, they said.