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U.S. GAO - Technology Assessment: Artificial Intelligence: Emerging Opportunities, Challenges, and Implications - March 2018
The Comptroller General convened the Forum on AI to consider the policy and research implications of AI’s use in 4 areas with the potential to significantly affect daily life—cybersecurity, automated vehicles, criminal justice, and financial services. The forum highlighted the fact that AI will have far-reaching effects on society—even if AI capabilities stopped advancing today. We looked at the prospects for AI in the near future, and identified areas where changes in policy and research may be needed.
march 2018 by pierredv
U.S. GAO - Commercial Space Launch Insurance: FAA Needs to Fully Address Mandated Requirements, Jan 2018
"What GAO Found
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) report evaluating its maximum probable loss (MPL) methodology did not fully address the evaluation and consultation requirements specified by the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA)."

"FAA said that it ensured this balance by improving its methodology, but it did not reevaluate its probability thresholds after revising its methodology. These thresholds are used to divide the risk of loss between launch companies and the government."
FAA  GAO  space  launch  insurance 
january 2018 by pierredv
U.S. GAO - Telecommunications: FCC Should Improve Monitoring of Industry Efforts to Strengthen Wireless Network Resiliency
What GAO Found: The number of wireless outages attributed to a physical incident—a natural disaster, accident, or other manmade event, such as vandalism—increased from 2009 to 2016, as reported to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). During this time, the number of outages substantially increased from 189 to 1,079 outages, with most of the increase occurring from 2009 to 2011.

What GAO Recommends: FCC should work with industry to develop specific performance measures for the Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework, monitor the framework's outcomes, and promote awareness of it. FCC agreed with the recommendations.
GAO  FCC  resilience  telecoms  cellular 
january 2018 by pierredv
[pdf] GAO - FCC Should Track Growth to Ensure Sufficient Spectrum Remains Available
Highlights of GAO-18-71, a report to congressional requesters

What GAO Found

The stakeholders GAO spoke with identified two primary spectrum-related challenges for the internet of things (IoT)—the availability of spectrum and managing interference. Although not considered an immediate concern, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff and some stakeholders noted that rapid increases in IoT devices that use large amounts of spectrum—called highbandwidth devices—could quickly overwhelm networks, as happened with smart phones. Stakeholders and FCC staff also indicated that managing interference is becoming more challenging as the number of IoT and other wireless devices grows, particularly in bands that do not require a spectrum license

What GAO Recommends

FCC should track the growth in (1) high-bandwidth IoT devices and (2) IoT devices that rely on unlicensed spectrum. FCC did not believe these actions are necessary but noted that it would ask its TAC to periodically review and report on IoT’s growth. GAO continues to believe the recommendations are valid.
november 2017 by pierredv
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spent millions on field radios that don't work |
"Despite the Department of Homeland Security's $945 million investment in radios for its border patrol agents, spotty coverage and inadequate training still hinders the agency's attempts to secure the southwestern border. Some agents even told congressional investigators that radio communications worsened after DHS updated the system, according to a Government Accountability Office report."
WashingtonExaminer  Border-Patrol  public-safety  radio  spectrum  GAO  DHS 
march 2015 by pierredv
Critical infrastructure not prepared for GPS disruption -- GCN
In its report, GPS Disruptions: Efforts to Assess Risks to Critical Infrastructure and Coordinate Agency Actions Should Be Enhanced, GAO recommends that DHS produce a more reliable assessment of the risks of GPS disruption together with metrics for the effectiveness of risk mitigation and that the two departments establish a formal agreement laying out roles and responsibilities.
disruption  jamming  GPS  GAO 
november 2013 by pierredv

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