Nextgov | June 05, 2020
A bipartisan cadre of tech-focused legislators in the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would direct the federal government to develop a national cloud computing infrastructure for artificial intelligence research. Introduced by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Thursday, the National Cloud Computing Task Force Act would convene a mix of technical experts across academic, industry and government. The group would develop a nuanced roadmap for how the nation should build, deploy, govern and sustain a national research cloud for AI.
Accenture Federal Services | October 18, 2021
Accenture Federal Services (AFS) has launched a new report, Futureframe: Human-Centered Design at Societal Scale, which unveils specific steps for federal agencies to deliver improved customer experiences and outcomes.
Futureframe helps agencies define a “future vision” of what an optimal federal customer experience looks like and creates the building blocks to bring those experiences to life. The Futureframe approach links elements of human-centered design, systems design, futurism, and ethnographic research to help agencies implement transformative change and sustainable improvements across complex programs. The report showcases a wide range of use cases and walks through how this framework can be applied to a common use case that crosses many missions and agencies: federal benefits, assistance, and insurance programs.
“The pandemic increased demand for government services while simultaneously raising expectations for federal government customer experience. Additionally, agencies are being tasked with growing calls to ensure equity in meeting citizen needs so all customers have equal access to services,” said the report’s co-author, Elaine Beeman, Senior Managing Director, Civilian Portfolio Lead. “To meet the moment, federal leaders must accelerate the shift to digital to ensure customer experience with the federal government meets, or even exceeds, the experience they have with their favorite brands and serves a diverse customer base, including underserved and hard-to-reach populations.”
The release of the report commemorates the fifth anniversary of the Accenture Federal Studio, which is part of AFS’s growing network of spaces that links commercial innovation with mission experience to help the federal government tackle its most pressing challenges. The Studio serves client mission areas across defense, national security, safety and citizen services, and health.
“Since the Studio opened in 2016, it has become a leading innovation partner helping to create value for customers and employees alike across all sectors of the government. By integrating human-centered design with emerging technologies such as mixed reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, and quantum computing, the Studio helps our clients move ideas confidently from vision, to prototype, to pilot, to impact at-scale.”
Tim Irvine, Managing Director and Lead for Accenture Federal Studio
AFS taps into leading insights, talents, capabilities, and commercial approaches within the Accenture Innovation Network, a global network of research, design, and technology centers that brings disruptive innovation to clients.
Accenture Federal Services is a subsidiary of Accenture (NYSE: ACN).
About Accenture Federal Services
Accenture Federal Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP, is a U.S. company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Accenture’s federal business serves every cabinet-level department and 30 of the largest federal organizations. Accenture Federal Services transforms bold ideas into breakthrough outcomes for clients at defense, intelligence, public safety, civilian and military health organizations.
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The National Telecommunications and Information Administration | May 27, 2020
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has posted a request for public comment on how fifth-generation telecommunications networks should be implemented to support the White House’s strategy for securing the technology. “In accordance with the Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2020, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, on behalf of the Executive Branch, is requesting comments to inform the development of an Implementation Plan for the National Strategy to Secure 5G,” reads the request NTIA posted Friday. President Trump issued the White House’s strategy on the same day he signed into law the legislation calling on him to do so. The public will have 21 days to comment on the strategy after the NTIA’s request is added to the Federal Register. NTIA telecommunications specialist Travis Hall told Nextgov that is likely to happen sometime this week.