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 Justice Department agreed to somewhat loosen restrictions on surveillance reports made public by Internet companies in response to a lawsuit filed by tech giants, including Google, Microsoft and Facebook.
Since the February 2013 cancelation by the VA and Defense Department of a planned joint integrated EHR – the iEHR – the VA has faced the problem of modernizing its legacy EHR, officially known as the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, but referred to daily as VistA. Industry insiders describe VistA Evolution as preparatory work for what may be future procurements of specific EHR modules, such as those for pharmacy prescriptions or lab results.
The Homeland Security Department will update its emergency services sector plan by the end of this year to include the need for security protections for the cyber attack-vulnberable NG9-1-1 and FirstNet national public safety broadband network.
The recommendations go farther than previous proposals. The federal government today expresses cybersecurity requirements for its contractors "in terms of compliance with broadly stated standards and are included in a section of the contract that is not part of the technical description of the product or service," the committee states.
Under the omnibus spending act (H.R. 3547) that funds federal agencies through this fiscal year, the e-government fund administered by the General Services Administration at the behest of the Office of Management and Budget has $16 million in appropriations. The Office of Management and Budget itself will have $10 million for its Integrated, Efficient, and Effective Uses of Information Technology fund.
Adoption of e-government brings down the level of corruption at a macro-level within countries, while mere expansion of the Internet without e-gov had an ambiguous effect, concludes a paper by an economics academic. Two main factors driving the efficacy of e-government in causing that reduction are the telecommunications infrastructure and, to a lesser extent, the scope and quality of online e-gov services.
A federal privacy oversight board says the federal government should end the intelligence community's bulk storage of telephony metadata, stating that it has "shown minimal value" in counterterrorism efforts and that it raises constitutional concerns.
Twelve American businesses – including a large Internet service provider – have agreed to settle charges from the Federal Trade Commission that they misrepresented their status under the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Agreement.
A study by Microsoft based on data from its operating system-bundled anti-malware utility finds that the global prevalence of malware infections typically correlates as an inverse to countries' socioeconomic status, but that the relationship isn't necessarily linear.