Biography for David Perera
David Perera is executive editor of the FierceMarkets Government Group, which includes FierceGovernment, FierceGovernmentIT, FierceHomelandSecurity, and FierceMobileGovernment. He has reported on all things federal since January 2004 and is co-author of Inside Guide to the Federal IT Market, a book published in October 2012. Based in greater-metro Washington, D.C., Dave can be reached here and can be found on LinkedIn or here. Tweeting at @daveperera.
Articles by David Perera
The final version of a new White House open government action plan is substantially expanded from a recently circulated preliminary draft – although many of the actions called for in the plan aren't new initiatives.
The extent to which governments can compel digital and telecommunication services providers to hand over data has become the source of renewed controversy since former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked a trove of classified documents to media outlets earlier this year.
The bill (H.R. 1604), sponsored by House Natural Resources subcommittee on energy and mineral resources Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) would transfer to a newly-created National Geospatial Technology Administration geospatial functions now residing in the departments of Agriculture (regarding national forests), Interior and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The National Security Agency gathers nearly 5 billion records daily of cellphone locations by tapping into cables that globally connect mobile networks, show new documents from Edward Snowden reported by the Washington Post.
Components of the Homeland Security Department continue to have weak cybersecurity practices, particularly with the security authorization process, the departmental inspector general says.
A cost-cutting reorganization announced Dec. 4 by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel includes changes to the departmental chief information officer and the deputy chief management officer. As part of it, the Pentagon will ask for congressional authorization to transfer responsibility for defense business information technology systems from the DCMO to the DoD CIO, while still keeping the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics responsible for IT acquisition.
Healthcare.gov is able to support far more web traffic than previously, say Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officials, stating in a Dec. 4 press call that it took in more than 950,000 visits the day before.
A computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology says the advent of advanced persistent threats means years of lip service to the idea of integrated system security must be replaced with real action.
The advent of the Internet has made the role of the Federal Communications Commission more important, not less, argues newly confirmed FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in an e-book dated Nov. 26.
The European Commission is calling for revisions to the policy mechanism that allows American companies to attest they satisfy European data protection requirements, stating that recent revelations about the extent of U.S. intelligence surveillance had negatively affected trans-Atlantic trust.