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Law enforcement agencies use forensic algorithms in criminal investigations to help assess whether evidence originated from a specific individual—improving the speed and objectivity of many investigations.
The supply chain for information and communication technologies can be an access point for hackers. Compromised SolarWinds Orion network management software, for example, was sent to an estimated 18,000 customers.
Since 2018, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act requires lenders to report additional data from loan applications and originations—such as borrower credit scores—to help regulators oversee and enforce fair lending laws.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the housing and financial stability of millions of renters and property owners. To help, Congress appropriated $25 billion in emergency rental assistance, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ordered a moratorium on residential evictions.
Federal agencies reported operating 5,916 data centers in 2018. As part of IT acquisition reform efforts, an Office of Management and Budget initiative seeks to reduce data center duplication and costs by, for example, using servers more efficiently.
Jobs in home care are expected to grow by 40 percent in the next decade to meet demand from older adults and people with disabilities. Despite being part of one of the fastest growing industries, many home care workers did not have federal minimum wage and overtime protections until 2015.