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Zach Rausnitz is an Editor in the Government Publishing Group at FierceMarkets. He writes regularly for FierceHomelandSecurity, FierceGovernment and FierceMobileGovernment. He previously interned at the Washington bureau of BBC News, where he worked in the TV, radio and online divisions. While at Brown University, where he got a B.A. in English, he wrote for The College Hill Independent. He enjoys riding his bicycle and lives in Washington, D.C. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articles by Zach Rausnitz
NextGen funding at the Federal Aviation Administration would drop from $901 million to $836 million under the Transportation Department's budget proposal for fiscal 2015.
A new electric grid industry group with support from Congress could help protect the grid against cyber attacks, says a report published Friday by the Bipartisan Policy Center.
The National Security Agency might scale back its storage of phone call data, NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander suggested during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Feb. 27. While he did not go into detail about this alternative, only storing data that is "predicated on a terrorist communication" would be a departure for the Obama administration, which has defended bulk collection as a necessary practice.
Schools and school districts should start with an inventory of all the online educational services they use, the guidance says. It also urges them to establish policies for evaluating online services before schools agree to use them.
A bill in the California State Senate would ban online services for K-12 schools from compiling or sharing students' personal information for commercial purposes, including advertising. Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), the Senate leader, introduced the bill Feb. 20. "Kids are in the classroom to learn and we value the security of their personal information above private profit," Steinberg said in a statement.
In its first ever challenge contest, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is seeking to use data to measure the trustworthiness of individuals.
Before businesses can clear their goods for import or export, they have to submit documents, often on paper, to an assortment of federal agencies. The ITDS would let them submit all the required data electronically and all in one place. The system would then distribute the data to the agencies that need it.
Consumers would have access to the private information that data brokers collect about them under a bill that Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) introduced Feb. 12. Data brokers, which assemble information about individuals and sell it to marketers, would have to maintain a public website that explains to consumers how to review their information and how they can prevent brokers from selling it.
An advanced persistent threat called Careto, aka the Mask, may be state sponsored, says Kaspersky Lab, the security company that discovered the malware. In a new report (.pdf), the company says the malware is "extremely sophisticated." It works on Windows, Mac and Linux systems, and possibly Android and iOS as well. It can intercept keystrokes, encryption keys, Wi-Fi traffic, Skype conversations and more.
A coalition of advocacy groups criticized the Obama administration for revisions it proposed to the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act in a Feb. 11 letter to the president.