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
Under the compromise fiscal 2014 omnibus act (H.R. 3547) that funds the entire federal government this fiscal year, the DHS OCIO has $257.16 million in appropriations. That's an amount about 21 percent less than the office's request of $327.25 million.
Funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology this fiscal year under the omnibus federal funding bill signed into law by President Obama Jan. 17 will be better than in recent years past. The compromise funding bill (H.R. 3547) appropriates $850 million for NIST – not as much as the Commerce Department bureau's $928.3 million request, but $41 million above the enacted fiscal 2013 level, and well more than the $782.4 million it received in fiscal 2012.
The final draft of the critical infrastructure cybersecurity framework under development by the National Institute of Standards and Technology for nearly a year will not include a separate appendix for privacy controls. In the place of a dedicated privacy appendix, NIST will incorporate an alternative methodology first developed (.pdf) by Hogan Lovells partner Harriet Pearson.
The latest revelation gleaned from the trove of Edward Snowden-leaked documents shows the National Security Agency collecting almost 200 million SMS text messages a day from across the globe, "using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top secret documents," reports The Guardian in an investigation undertaken with UK's Channel 4 News.
Veterans Affairs Department information technology appropriations for the current fiscal year are set to reach $3.7 billion, an amount that exceeds the departmental request of $3.68 billion.
A House Homeland Security subcommittee approved by unchallenged voice vote a critical infrastructure cybersecurity bill, adding in the process several amendments – one of which could generate opposition to an otherwise bipartisan bill.
The program executive office within the Defense Information Systems Agency responsible for network security and operations adopted late last year the Ozone Widget Framework as its default presentation layer for situational awareness, said its deputy chief technology officer. The OWF is a National Security Agency-developed framework for development of lightweight widgets to run in a browser.
The Commerce Department is developing a centralized cybersecurity center to provide an additional layer of oversight and synthesis, said Rod Turk, departmental chief information security officer, while speaking Jan. 14 during a conference panel.
Lack of a consistent definition of what constitutes "information technology" spending across the federal government continues to hamper oversight efforts, finds the Government Accountability Office. For example, in the most recent budget cycle, Energy officials decided that supercomputer projects no longer constitute an IT project, the GAO says, despite adding up to $368 million and accounting for nearly a quarter of departmental IT spending in fiscal 2012.