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Sunlight Foundation calls on volunteers to gauge open data impact

Although advocates for municipal open data claim such policies improve the quality of life for urban residents, quantifying such an impact has proven difficult.

DoD wants to enter the commercial cloud distribution business

On a small scale, the Defense Department is allowing commercial cloud providers to operate in Defense-owned and operated facilities, but Acting DoD Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen would like to take that model a step further.

Halvorsen: DoD will take enterprise email to 'completely commercial' cloud

The Defense Department plans to take the unclassified side of the its enterprise email to a commercial cloud solution, said Acting DoD Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen.

Technology, security experts tell Senate committee that information sharing boosts cybersecurity

One expert cited a Washington Post article from last March that said that federal agents notified more than 3,000 U.S. companies in 2013 that their computer systems had been hacked – and likely more than once.

FedRAMP releases draft for higher security cloud computing authorization, seeks public input

The federal government Jan. 27 released a long-awaited draft document that establishes a high baseline of security controls for cloud computing service providers, allowing them to host some of the federal government's most sensitive information.

GSA shares how-to guide for agencies responding to cyber vandalism on social media

In light of the Jan. 12 hack of U.S. Central Command's social media accounts, the General Services Administration has issued guidance to agencies for responding to "cyber-hijacking."

USPS's general counsel can make better use of data to lessen risk, agency watchdog says

The USPS inspector general's audit is one in a series to see how the Postal Service uses data. The agency's general counsel is responsible for corporate and postal business law as well as legal strategy and policy, the report said.

FTC offers best practices to improve consumer privacy, security around Internet of Things

The report summarizes a debate among participants at a November 19, 2013 workshop hosted by the FTC on the topic as well as other submitted public comments. The discussion was limited to IoT devices sold to or used by consumers, not those in a business-to-business context nor machine-to-machine communications.

IG: Navy and Marine Corps justified IT contracts with little or no competition

The Navy and Marine Corps reasonably justified about $220 million worth of IT contracts that were solicited without full and open competition, says the Defense Department's inspector general in a report issued Jan. 23.

CMS fell short of following contracting requirements in developing Healthcare.gov marketplace, audit says

In awarding the 60 contracts across 33 companies to help build the Healthcare.gov marketplace, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid fell short of complying with contracting requirements, an audit found.

 

One-third of federal managers in the dark on agency digital engagement, finds poll

One-third of senior federal employees don't know if their stakeholders are satisfied with the way their agency engages them digitally, and 35 percent don't think that their agency knows either, according to a report by ICF International, commissioned by the National Academy of Public Administration.

VA still needs to improve oversight of project management system for IT projects, audit says

The Veterans Affairs Department has taken steps to improve a project management process designed to make sure its IT projects are completed and delivered on time, but an internal audit found that accountability and oversight still need to be strengthened.

 

NIST to convene tech community to explore voting technology, direct digital manufacturing cybersecurity

In a Jan. 21 press release, NIST announced plans for a symposium on the future of voting systems and a meeting on the cybersecurity challenges facing new manufacturing technologies.

U.S. Digital Service seeking a few IT professionals, designers and project managers to join

The White House-led U.S. Digital Service is seeking to swell its ranks with more IT professionals, designers and project managers, said Mikey Dickerson, USDS administrator and federal deputy chief information officer.

Cybersecurity legislation needed for better public-private info sharing, says JCS's Dempsey

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said that cyber weaknesses in the private sector such as in civilian infrastructure and businesses are a serious threat to national security. And since the U.S. military depends on commercial networks, its defenses are still vulnerable.

 

US-UK digital partnership strengthens

The United States and the United Kingdom are strengthening their digital partnership with plans to work more closely on delivering digital services, expanding open government efforts and increasing information technology training and Internet access.

Spotlight: Obama urges Congress to act on cyber legislation in SOTU

President Barack Obama urged legislators to act on cybersecurity legislation during his Jan. 20 State of the Union address. 

GAO says NOAA not doing enough to address potential weather satellite data gap

A potential gap in weather satellite data – before the next polar-orbiting satellite is launched and operational – could occur sooner and last longer than anticipated.

As 2016 launch of new weather satellite nears, GAO sees risks in NOAA's program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to face cost overruns and delays in key program milestones as it readies the launch of the first of four next-generation weather satellites next year.

Expert panel: No software can target intelligence information to replace bulk data collection

No software exists now that would help the U.S. intelligence community better target and acquire information rather than conduct the bulk collection of electronic communications such as domestic telephone metadata, a National Research Council panel found.