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White House directs agencies in consumer identity, financial protections

Federal departments and agencies were instructed to adopt the use of security-enhanced cards, such as those that use chip-and PIN technology "as soon as possible" in an Oct. 17 executive order signed by President Obama. Chip-and-PIN technology – which uses an embedded chip in credit, debit and other payment cards, in lieu of a magnetic strip, and a personal identification number – has greatly reduced financial fraud and identity theft in Europe.

ITU gets underway

Representatives from 175 countries will discuss topics such as Internet governance, online security and privacy, and the Internet of Things, as the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union, or ITU, kicked off three weeks of meetings Oct. 20 in Busan, South Korea.

FTC pushes big data considerations at multi-government conference

A meeting of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners concluded Oct. 16, resulting in the adoption of several resolutions, including one focused on privacy and big data. During the event, Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill urged privacy representatives from several countries to draft specific solutions to address the discrimination, security and privacy implications of big data.

New report: Commerce Department can improve data access, quality, distribution

A new report says the Commerce Department, which provides government data to more companies than any other federal agency, can make improvements in several areas involving data access, quality and dissemination.

Commerce IG: Cloud service contracts lack needed clauses, security standards not met

A review of cloud computing services in the Commerce Department found missing clauses in contractors' agreements to permit reviews of their facilities and operations, as well as lack of compliance with federal security standards.

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The open floor plans in the General Services Administration's headquarters make employees' work spaces vulnerable to theft, the agency's inspector general says in an Oct. 16 report.

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The Defense Department has cut contracting dollars by 16 percent in 2013 from the prior year as a result of sequestration, according to a recent report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. DoD's budget was cut by about 8 percent in 2013, from 2012, and spending on procurement took the brunt of the hit, the Oct. 15 report says.