Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius extolled an improved healthcare.gov website, citing a "relentless" effort to have it function smoothly for users before a Wednesday House panel.
The Energy Department had a number of early warning signs that personnel-related systems were at risk, but failed to correct cyber vulnerabilities that led to a major breach of its Management Information System--allowing access to the DOE Employee Data Repository database, finds a Dec. 6 office of inspector general report.
A bipartisan cybersecurity bill introduced Wednesday by members of the House Homeland Security Committee would codify the department's existing governmentwide civilian agency cybersecurity duties and require it to analyze its current public-private partnership model with critical infrastructure sectors to ensure that owners and operators "are equal partners and regularly collaborate on all programs and activities" of DHS to protect critical infrastructure.
The legal justification for intelligence community storage of bulk telephone metadata rests heavily on a 1979 court case, a Justice Department official acknowledged to a Senate panel Wednesday--a case that one Supreme Court justice has said may require revisiting in light of technological developments. The case in question is Smith v. Maryland, in which the court majority held that records of dialed telephone numbers don't have Fourth Amendment protection.
The Defense Intelligence Agency recently launched a new webpage to keep industry, academia and other agencies informed of the technologies and capabilities it needs. The webpage, dubbed Needipedia, was created to help DIA bypass what Dan Doney, the agency's chief innovation officer, called a "quite lengthy and painful" process for finding new capabilities.
The National Security Agency uses HTTP cookies created by websites and digital service providers to track web users' preferences and activities for its own uses--for identifying the computer of an intelligence target, reports the Washington Post, drawing on documents from Edward Snowden.
The federal talent pool fails to meet the need to develop technology because the public sector can't recruit or retain talent, a Ford Foundation report prepared by Freedman Consulting says. Freedman interviewed dozens of key stakeholders including professor and technology advocacy groups for the report (.pdf).
Federal attention on healthcare.gov will now partially shift to a retrospective analysis of what went wrong, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says.
The United Kingdom accomplished many of its goals on progressing digital government services in 2013. The transformation over the past year spurred Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude to call the UK a "world leader" in digital during a Dec. 10 briefing—even drawing comparisons between the UKs digital services and the failed launch of healthcare.gov in the United States.
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.