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Shutdown has long-term impact on federal workforce

Week three of the shutdown and there's a possible end in sight, albeit one that could get tripped up at any point or bogged down in procedure long enough that the far more calamitous event of...

NSA overreach requires pull back for good of nation

Intelligence communities have a natural tendency to overreach. Their missions by definition require intrusion into private spaces and since their motivation is the well-being of the United States...

Exorcise the ghost of the Manchurian Candidate from supply chain worries

In a draft special publication that in final form will offer a security controls overlay for supply chain risk management, the National Institute of Standards and Technology takes a usually sober...

DEA demonstrates flaws in intelligence community safeguards over bulk data collection

The past two months of intelligence community response to leaks by Edward Snowden essentially come down to an argument that the bulk storing of telecommunications data, whether metadata or content,...

DoD has earned EHR oversight

Oversight is cumbersome and time-consuming. It may sap resources and make project management paranoid and overly-cautious. But when it comes to attempts to make a joint electronic health record...

EDA's journey into the cyber abyss

Gaze long into an abyss, and the abyss also gazes into you, is the easy way to sum up the Economic Development Administration 18 month long adventure of a botched malware incident response that came to a close only this past March--a time for which during parts the Commerce Department bureau shut itself off from the Internet, during which its workers "became reacquainted with their neighborhood post office and the beep-squeak-hiss of the fax spitting out paper."

DoD decision on VistA disappointing

The Defense Department announcement last month that it will move forward with plans to acquire a commercial electronic health record is disappointing, if not unexpected. Proponents of the Veterans...

The DoD's problem with VistA could be its solution

Defense Department intransigence on the subject of its electronic health record is well known, as is the collapse earlier this year of an effort to create a joint core system that both it and the...

Culture of secrecy's corrosive effects

Intelligence agency and law enforcement overreach about publicly accessible information isn't limited to the American ones. It's a global phenomenon, as the French domestic intelligence...

Judge Illston's national security letters ruling hardly a threat to national security

The changes implied or described by federal Judge Susan Illston to national security letter law that would make the program constitutional, in her ruling finding current law to be unconstitutional,...