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
A report from House Homeland Security Committee majority staff sympathetic to fusion centers says the relationship between centers and federal government is inconsistent and in some cases, toxic. The report (.pdf), released July 26, doesn't examine the quality of fusion center analysis, the subject of a critical report released last fall by the majority and minority staff of the permanent subcommittee on investigations within the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
The risk status of information technology projects listed on the IT Dashboard isn't verified and shouldn't necessarily be trusted, acknowledged Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel during a July 25 House hearing. "We don't in OMB, in my office, track the self-reported status as the key indicator of performance on investments. It's a fool's errand to track self-reported," he said.
Lawmakers defeated a proposed amendment to the fiscal 2014 defense appropriations bill that would have restricted the bulk collection of telephone metadata records in a vote that privacy advocates say nonetheless expresses growing skepticism with an aggressive interpretation of the Patriot Act.
Funding for the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program could be in danger absent "evidence of substantial programmatic improvement," says the chairman of the House Appropriations Homeland Security subcommittee in a July 22 letter also signed by two House oversight committees.
Increasing military use of satellite communication for tactical operations means the Defense Department should create a new tier of protected space systems, says the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments's Todd Harrison. Harrison argues that heavy reliance on satellite communications systems has created an asymmetric vulnerability for U.S. forces.
A best guess estimate for the cost of malicious cyber activity to the U.S. economy by two cybersecurity researchers pegs it at up to $100 billion annually--less than the economic cost of car crashes and far less than the upper range of losses caused by pilferage. Report authors acknowledge that their $100 billion estimate is far from precise, stating that a possible range of malicious cyber activity's cost to the U.S. economy could be from $24 billion to $120 billion.
British Prime Minister David Cameron announced July 22 that the country's four large Internet service providers--TalkTalk, Virgin, Sky and BT--will automatically put in place anti-pornography filters onto the home Internet connections of Britons that can be switched off only by an adult subscriber.
The amendment (.pdf), known as Amash-Conyers for Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and John Conyers (D-Mich.), would narrow intelligence community application of Section 215, requiring the collection to be connected to specific individuals. The House Rules Committee approved on July 22 the amendment for 30 minutes of House debate, likely to occur the afternoon of July 24.
The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, in a "long-planned privatization," will now vet third party assessment organizations (known as "3PAOs") under the GSA-led FedRAMP program, under which private sector cloud providers seeking to sell low- and moderate-risk cloud services to the government must gain certification from a 3PAO that their offerings comply with a set of security controls (.zip).
Chinese cyber espionage is a fundamental test of whether that country's integration into the international system will be peaceful, cybersecurity expert James Andrew Lewis told a July 23 House panel.