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INDUSTRY VOICES: How can the public administration sector combat the onslaught of hacking?

Verizon's 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report, released in late April 2016, has revealed just how good hackers are getting at breaking in, stealing data and making their escape without being detected.

Ohio laws routinely shield government workers investigated for fraud and outcome of investigations

Nearly two-thirds of the fraud complaints received by the Ohio State Auditor's office are considered confidential, meaning details of the complaints and the investigations aren't available in a public database.

OPM seeking new CIO

A mere four months after losing its last CIO, the Office of Personnel Management is back in the market for someone to permanently fill the position.

New York Mayor de Blasio defends decision not to disclose communications with outside advisers

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has been avoiding reporters' questions for more than a week over his decision to withhold communications with five advisers outside the government, the New York Post reported.

FITARA progress lies in IT modernization, CIO autonomy, says Dell Federal's Harris

In an interview with FierceGovernmentIT, Steve Harris, who serves as vice president and general manager of Dell Federal, gave some insight about the roadblocks affecting agency scorecard progress.

Spotlight: HP backs out of GOP convention

Hewlett-Packard Inc. has opted not to help sponsor the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, a shift from years past.

NIH boosts medical content on HHS Syndication Storefront

The National Institutes of Health has expanded its content offering on the Department of Health and Human Services' Syndication Storefront, related Christen Geiler, a digital information specialist at NIH, in a DigitalGov blog post on Wednesday.

FBI's proposal to exempt huge database from Privacy Act rules needs more time for responses, say privacy groups

A group of 45 privacy, civil liberties and immigrants' rights organizations and companies have sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking for more time to respond to a Federal Bureau of Investigation proposal to exempt the Next Generation Identification system from certain requirements under the federal Privacy Act.

Big data tools saved taxpayers $1.5B in Medicare fraud, say CMS officials

The big data tools used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, to fight Medicare fraud have save the taxpayer over $1.5 billion over the past five years, CMS officials are claiming.

Spotlight: Pentagon creating info sharing hub to monitor insider threats

The Defense Department is creating an information sharing system to better monitor and catch insider threats.

Colorado state center seeks equipment that transmits wildfire data from plane to firefighter

Colorado's Center for Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting wants equipment that would share wildfire information from aircraft to firefighters on the ground in near real time.

PennDOT's new open data portal includes real-time traffic camera streams, road condition updates

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation became the second state agency to launch an open data portal in May on a common geographic information system, or GIS, platform used in several states, PennDOT announced, following the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

NIH awards Mayo Clinic $142M to build biobank for Precision Medicine Initiative

The National Institutes of Health has tapped the Mayo Clinic to build the world's largest biobank as part of its Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program.

Spotlight: State Dept. to test employees' phishing resiliency

The State Department is planning to send fabricated phishing email messages to its employees around the world to test their cyber hygiene.

IG: Census Bureau failing to monitor GSS-I goals, Geography Division costs

The U.S. Census Bureau is failing to monitor its goals for the Geographic Support System Initiative and the costs for two aspects of its Geography Division, a Commerce Department Office of the Inspector General report found this week.

At the VA's Million Veterans Program, precision medicine is fast becoming reality

For over five years now, consenting veterans have been donating their genomic data to the Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA, in one of the largest precision medicine big data projects in the world. And after collecting over 470,000 samples since 2011, analysis on the data is now underway.

Flint-inspired Michigan bill ending FOIA exemptions for governor, legislature faces opposition

Prompted in part by the contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan, a committee of the state legislature has approved a series of measures to expand government transparency, including ending the blanket exemption to Freedom of Information Act rules for the governor and legislature.

DMI develops mobile app, virtual database to help manage US military cemeteries

DMI, a Bethesda, Md.-based enterprise mobility firm, announced this week that is developing a mobile app for internal cemetery operations, as well as a common virtual database and network environment, for more than 42 U.S. military cemeteries.

European Parliament wants changes to the Privacy Shield deal reached between EU, US negotiators

The European Parliament wants changes in the Privacy Shield deal reached in February between EU and the U.S. government negotiators that would replace the 15-year-old Safe Harbor framework transfer Europeans' data to the United States.

Spotlight: Cyber weapons unlikely to get WMD-like treaty

Banning cyber weapons can't take the same approach as a treaty to ban the use of weapons of mass destruction, a post at Defense Systems argued yesterday. Part of the problem is that the term "cyber weapons" is itself ambiguous.