Biography for Molly Bernhart Walker
Molly Walker is the managing editor of FierceMarkets' Government and Enterprise IT groups. She contributes regularly to publications in both groups. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was managing editor of Employee Benefit Adviser, a B2B magazine serving the insurance industry, as well as an intern at USAToday.com and FoxNews.com. When she's not exploring the nexus of business and technology, she enjoys spending time in the outdoors and cheering on her beloved Virginia Tech Hokies. She is based at the FierceMarkets main office in Washington, D.C., and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @mollsiebee on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Molly Bernhart Walker
The United Kingdom accomplished many of its goals on progressing digital government services in 2013. The transformation over the past year spurred Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude to call the UK a "world leader" in digital during a Dec. 10 briefing—even drawing comparisons between the UKs digital services and the failed launch of healthcare.gov in the United States.
Even without the financial oversight responsibilities the Treasury Department would receive under the House-approved version of the DATA Act (H.R. 2061), the department intends to standardize the subset of agency financial reporting it already controls, said a Treasury Department official.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced Dec. 3 it would convene a multistakeholder process focused on privacy to develop a voluntary code of conduct that specifies how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies to facial recognition technology in a commercial environment.
The Transportation Department's information systems are vulnerable to serious security threats due to deficiencies with its enterprise architecture, controls and vulnerability remediation, writes the DOT inspector general in its annual FISMA compliance report Nov. 22.
Late last month the Environmental Protection Agency experimented with a new social media tool designed to amplify a single message across social networks called Thunderclap. The tool is open to all agencies for use based on federal-friendly terms of service recently negotiated by the General Services Administration.
The House passed Nov. 19 the DATA Act (H.R. 2061), which requires federal agencies and departments to release more complete and higher-quality spending data. The bill also shifts oversight of federal spending transparency dashboard USASpending.gov from the Office of Management and Budget to the Treasury Department.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently rolled out an online tool to more clearly present regulations. Because the tool is open source--CFPB has made all related code available through a project on GitHub--other agencies and departments could adopt a similar rulemaking tool.
The White House announced Nov. 12 new commitments that add to its list of projects supported by the Obama Administration's $200 million big data initiative, which it launched in March 2012. Among the new collaborations is a partnership with big pharma manufacturers to help enhance clinicaltrials.gov and a partnership with Amazon Web Services to publicly host NASA Earth-observing data.
But as work on an identity ecosystem framework and associated accreditation schemes moves forward, NIST may not have to reinvent the wheel, says Grant in a Nov. 6 blog post. Because NSTIC is not prescriptive, requirements mapping may allow for the creation of an interim identity ecosystem, he says.
The United States made six new commitments, including expanding open data and modernizing the Freedom of Information Act, in an updated national action plan released in draft form by the White House Oct. 31. The United States issued the draft set of commitments during the Open Government Summit in London.