Cyber theft of company data doesn't affect all economic sectors equally, and nor do remedies have a uniformly beneficial outcome, finds research from a group of Brookings Institution academics.
The final version of a new White House open government action plan is substantially expanded from a recently circulated preliminary draft – although many of the actions called for in the plan aren't new initiatives.
The extent to which governments can compel digital and telecommunication services providers to hand over data has become the source of renewed controversy since former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked a trove of classified documents to media outlets earlier this year.
TIGTA reviewed a statistically valid sample of 560 individual income tax returns filed through the Modernized e-File system in 2013, finding that 99.6 percent were processed correctly.
The bill (H.R. 1604), sponsored by House Natural Resources subcommittee on energy and mineral resources Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) would transfer to a newly-created National Geospatial Technology Administration geospatial functions now residing in the departments of Agriculture (regarding national forests), Interior and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
"The intelligence community is not designed and built for transparency. We're designed and built for the opposite," said Alexander Joel, the ODNI's civil liberties protection officer. He spoke on a panel at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies Dec. 4.
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.
Components of the Homeland Security Department continue to have weak cybersecurity practices, particularly with the security authorization process, the departmental inspector general says.
A new name for the Government Printing Office would clear up confusion about the agency and help it attract a younger workforce, Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks said.
A cost-cutting reorganization announced Dec. 4 by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel includes changes to the departmental chief information officer and the deputy chief management officer. As part of it, the Pentagon will ask for congressional authorization to transfer responsibility for defense business information technology systems from the DCMO to the DoD CIO, while still keeping the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics responsible for IT acquisition.
Healthcare.gov is able to support far more web traffic than previously, say Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officials, stating in a Dec. 4 press call that it took in more than 950,000 visits the day before.
A computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology says the advent of advanced persistent threats means years of lip service to the idea of integrated system security must be replaced with real action.
The advent of the Internet has made the role of the Federal Communications Commission more important, not less, argues newly confirmed FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in an e-book dated Nov. 26.
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 European Commission is calling for revisions to the policy mechanism that allows American companies to attest they satisfy European data protection requirements, stating that recent revelations about the extent of U.S. intelligence surveillance had negatively affected trans-Atlantic trust.
If someone visits the site while it is at capacity, it will prompt them to enter an email address and then send an email with suggestions for when to try again, said Jeffrey Zients, the Obama administration official overseeing efforts to repair the site. The email will include a link that places the user at the front of the line when he or she attempts to visit the site again.
Fifteen years after Congress required the Internal Revenue Service to let taxpayers access their information online, the agency's progress toward that goal remains inadequate, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration says.
Obama administration officials told reporters during a Dec. 1 call that they've met their objective of making healthcare.gov work smoothly for the vast majority of users by the end of November, also releasing a report (.pdf) containing metrics.
Two academics who set out to analyze government grants to nonprofit organizations found that the databases housing that information continue to resist easy use.