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Cybersecurity remains a weak spot, top intelligence official says

Although the possibility of a catastrophic cyberattack is remote, the unclassified information and communication technology networks that support government, military, commercial and social activities remain vulnerable despite efforts to protect them, the national intelligence director said.

New virtual reality therapy helps warfighters with PTSD

Warfighters suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can relive the trigger events in order to better cope with them through new treatment using virtual reality.

GPS satellite problem emerges as Air Force plans to launch another system

On the heels of reports about a GPS satellite software glitch, the Air Force prepared to launch a new GPS system from its base in Los Angeles.

New federal CIO hopes to ride 'a tide of good trends'

As the new lead for federal information technology, Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott plans to ride "a tide of good trends" that includes realizing savings from TechStat and PortfolioStat activities, consolidating data centers and digitizing government services.

Justice IG: FBI needs to better manage drone use, ATF must perform needs analysis

The IG reviewed the use and support of drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems, within the department. It's a follow up to a 2013 interim report.

Meet Tony Scott, the Obama administration's closer on federal IT

Since the inception of the federal CIO position, one thing has become clear: The federal CIO practically proves his worth by setting goals and issuing mandates.

Federal CIO Council wins award for worst open government performance – again

The Rosemary Award, established in 2005 by the National Security Archive – a Washington, D.C.-based independent watchdog group located at George Washington University – is intended to "highlight the lowlights of government secrecy."

Broadband map shows 85% of Americans have access to 25Mbps speeds, but rural gap exists

A newly updated U.S. map showing comprehensive broadband availability across the country indicates that nearly 85 percent of the country has access to 25 megabits per second download speeds and 3 Mbps upload speeds.

House intel leaders unveil bill to spur public, private sharing of cyber threat indicator data

Leaders with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence March 24 unveiled legislation that would encourage private companies to voluntarily share information on cyber threats with each other and the federal government as long as it doesn't go through the National Security Agency or the Defense Department.

Obama taps former Twitter executive to become government's first-ever chief digital officer

A former Twitter executive will become the White House's first-ever chief digital officer, creating digital strategies to better connect the government with American citizens.

Obama establishes, appoints director of White House IT

President Obama has created a new position at the White House – director of White House information technology – and tapped a former Facebook employee to fill it.

NIST: Precise timing signals are critical in development of Internet of Things

A new National Institute of Standards and Technology paper says some critical applications systems among the billions of wired and wirelessly linked physical devices from smart meters to smart cars – known as the Internet of Things – may be hampered by inadequate timing systems.

Fed websites get 1.36B visits with IRS.gov topping list, new analytics dashboard shows

Not every government website is represented in the data. The dashboard only collects information from about 300 executive branch domains, out of about 1,350 total.

Pew: Emerging, developing nations see Internet impact good for education, bad for morality

Pew conducted face-to-face interviews of more than 36,600 people in 32 countries such as Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Lebanon, Russia, Tanzania and Vietnam from March 17 to June 5, 2014. 

'War game' will determine if DoD can share well with others in the cloud

The Defense Department is pushing ahead with a plan that would permit commercial cloud computing providers operating in DoD facilities to serve non-federal government clients.

Number of veterans whose personal information was put at risk nearly triples in a month

Between January and February, the number of veterans who had personal information affected by data breaches nearly tripled, according to a new report.

Language training could help cyber defense, report states

Defense language training could be integral to grooming much-needed cyber warriors, a new RAND Corp. report states.

USAID confirms chief innovation officer VanRoekel leaving agency after 6 months at post

Steven VanRoekel, who has been chief innovation officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development since last September, is stepping down from his post, the agency confirmed March 19.

Report: Transfer of federal research to private sector is growing

The transfer of new technology from federal laboratories to the open market has been growing in recent years, according to a report.

Better federal oversight needed in national geospatial data collection and use, GAO says

A federal government-led initiative that aims to improve coordination of geospatial-related investments as well as reduce duplicative efforts and spending is falling short of the goal due to a lack of oversight and other issues.