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Spotlight: Texas hears testimony on improving cloud innovation

The Texas Department of Information is working to enable the state and local governments to buy cloud services directly from providers like AWS in order to reduce costs.

NTIA seeks public comments to improve federal role in IoT

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, part of the Department of Commerce, issued a request for comment Tuesday to get public input about potential federal policy issue raised by the Internet of Things.

Pentagon doesn't have its ducks in a row when it comes to protecting US infrastructure, says GAO

When it comes to securing U.S. infrastructure, the Department of Defense doesn't have all its ducks in a row. That is the conclusion of a report by the Government Accountability Office issued this week.

ACLU sues Education Department for transparency into student loan collection policies

The American Civil Liberties Union and the National Consumer Law Center have sued the Department of Education under the federal Freedom of Information Act, seeking information about how it collects student debt, NewBostonPost reported. The parties filed the suit March 31 in U.S. District Court in Boston.

The few, the proud, the cyber Marines

The U.S. Marine Corps is taking the fight to the cyber domain. As part of a larger effort to improve the U.S. military's cyber force, the service recently launched its Marine Corps Cyberspace Warfare Group, or MCCYWG.

Stolen federal equipment puts sensitive data of millions at risk - again

Senate investigators expressed frustration with Obama administration officials following the theft of a laptop and portable hard drives from a federal building in Washington state.

Virginia governor inks bill that reverses state Supreme Court FOIA ruling

The law was introduced and passed by the state's General Assembly in response to the Supreme Court of Virginia's September ruling that government agencies could withhold entire records if they contained any information that was exempt from release under the state's Freedom of Information Act, reported the Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

CIA drops plan to destroy most email records

Facing widespread criticism, the Central Intelligence Agency has formally withdrawn its plan to destroy email records of most agency officials, the National Archives and Records Administration told the Federal of American Scientists.

Spotlight: Panama Papers leak may have been result of hack

The Panama Papers leak, one of the largest financial leaks of all time, might have been the result of a hack.

Open data gets meaningful through new MIT project

A new MIT project aims to make it easier to find interesting and useful data among all the information that federal, state and local government open to the public.

FBI offering iPhone cracking services to federal agencies, local law enforcement

Now that the FBI apparently has its own way to bypass the security of Apple iPhones, it is starting to offer that capability as a service to other federal agencies, including law enforcement, around the country.

Spotlight: Half of Turkish population allegedly exposed to ID theft in massive leak

A vast array of personally identifiable information, purported to include the entire Turkish citizenship database, leaked Monday, according to The Register.

Vulnerabilities in visa database could put up to 290M personal records at risk

A visa database with over 290 million records could be vulnerable to hackers breaching, stealing and even doctoring official visa applications, the U.S. State Department found through an internal study on the matter.

UK military to pony up $57M for new cybersecurity center

The U.K. Ministry of Defense plans to spend more than 40 million pounds ($57 million) on a new cybersecurity operations center to safeguard the ministry's networks and systems against cyberthreats.

Obama works to upgrade White House tech

As President Obama prepares to leave office, one of the legacies he plans to leave is an information technology overhaul at the White House.

NSTIC announces $1M healthcare pilot project opportunity

NIST anticipates funding one award in the range of $750,000 to $1,000,000 for 18  months to focus on streamlining the way that patients and providers access health information from different organizations online.

DHS audit finds IT control deficiencies at TSA

The Transportation Security Administration needs to improve its IT controls relating to financial access and management, according to the latest annual audit from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General.

NIST completes review of encryption standards process that grew out of Snowden NSA revelations

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released the final version of a document outlining its process for developing encryption standards and guidelines, a document that grew out of concerns about the National Security Agency's involvement in the NIST encryption standards process.

Spotlight: DoD space operations center starts to come online

A Defense Department-led system, called the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center, or JICSpOC, is in its fourth and final test phase and will soon come online.

IG: DoD far off track on data center consolidation

The Defense Department lags in meeting key milestones required as part of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, or FDCCI, according to a new report from the DoD Inspector General.