"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.
A Thanksgiving glut of users may overwhelm healthcare.gov, worry Obama administration officials.
The Internal Revenue Service is facing sharp new auditor oversight over its management of the relational database meant to replace magnetic tape as the authoritative source of taxpayer information. Auditors say the cost of the first of two "transition states" of implementation of CADE 2 grew by $35.3 million and that the first transition state missed its September 2012 deadline for completion.
The Internet is bolstering the views of majorities but may leave minorities vulnerable, said Zeynep Tufekci, an information science and sociology professor at the University of North Carolina, during a Brookings Institution event Nov. 25.
The Transportation Department's information systems are vulnerable to serious security threats due to deficiencies with its enterprise architecture, controls and vulnerability remediation, writes the DOT inspector general in its annual FISMA compliance report Nov. 22.
The Internet of Things--a state in the not distant future when hundreds of billions of devices now disconnected from computer networks will routinely transmit data across the web--will require a new privacy paradigm, says the Future of Privacy Forum. A notice and choice paradigm will be unrealistic under those conditions, says the white paper.