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FBI's 2-year-old, $550M electronic case management system frustrates users

More than half of FBI employees using the bureau's electronic records and case management system for day-to-day activities are dissatisfied with search functionality and say indexing is a productivity drain.

Paper highlights legal, ethical issues with open health data, makes policy recommendations

Government open data initiatives have made patient health information more readily available online through healthdata.gov and third-party sites that pull from public sources. But coherent legal and ethics policies are lagging data innovation, says a paper recently published in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.

Regulatory agencies doing less regulating, more advising for cyber resilience and response

Federal regulatory agencies are taking on a greater advisory role in helping critical infrastructure and financial services companies apply the National Institute of Standards and Technology's cybersecurity framework and reduce their cyber risks, several experts recently said.

CFPB needs to further strengthen security, privacy of large-scale data collections, GAO says

While the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken steps to protect its large-scale data collectsion, ranging from credit card accounts to payday loans, it still needs to implement several more processes and practices to enhance privacy and information security, congressional investigators said.

Most federal agencies say they're planning to better manage software licenses, GAO reports

Twenty-one federal agencies said they plan to fully address the more than 100 recommendations made in a previous congressional report on the need for better managing software licenses, the Government Accountability Office said.

Army: New geospatial tool gives sage advice on unknown terrain

A new geospatial tool is helping the Army gain better insight and intelligence on new terrains, enabling commanders to make more informed decisions for more effective and secure operations.

'Data deserts' could have negative social and economic impacts, warns paper

Data is increasingly seen as a valuable resource. But a new paper published by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation warns that if high-quality data collection regularly excludes certain individuals or communities then their problems could be neglected.

Data localization movement won't improve privacy, says Internet governance panel

Data localization and "technological sovereignty" movements have gathered strength in Europe and South America since the National Security Agency's surveillance programs became public knowledge. But it's a knee-jerk reaction to require that data reside within a country's borders and it doesn't necessarily ensure security or privacy, said Internet governance experts at a Sept. 19 New America Foundation event.

Census Bureau making changes to prevent data falsification despite being cleared of allegations

Separate investigations by Congress and the Commerce Department's inspector general this year led to the same conclusion that supervisors in the bureau's Philadelphia regional office did not instruct field representatives to falsify data nor did managers manipulate Current Population Survey data that could have had a measurable impact on the nation's unemployment rate leading up to the 2012 presidential election.

Army soldiers get a second life as avatars to help them become better leaders

Using the Emergent Leader Immersive Training Environment, or ELITE Lite software, soldiers can become virtual officers or non-commissioned officers interacting with other uniformed avatars as they deal with with situations, ranging from disagreements with superiors to sexual harassment.

Federal CIO steps down to bring tech expertise to Ebola response efforts

Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel will be leaving his post at the Office of Management and Budget, said an Obama administration official speaking on background Sept. 19. VanRoekel will become the chief innovation officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he will work with the agency's Ebola response team.

Feds to fund cross-agency privacy research

Privacy research is the next frontier to be tackled by the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program. NITRD, the IT research and development program that encourages collaboration across federal departments, will formulate a National Privacy Research Strategy says a notice from the National Science Foundation.

Healthcare.gov privacy and security vulnerabilities unresolved, says GAO

Some security and privacy weaknesses that were part of healthcare.gov's initial deployment remain unresolved, finds the Government Accountability Office. While the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has addressed some of the issues with the site, it hasn't fully mitigated all of them, says the watchdog.

NIST extends $3M in third round of online identity solution grants

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is awarding almost $3 million in its third round of grants to pilot real-world implementation of the White House's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, or NSTIC.

Digital citizen services should leverage integration, consistency and personalization, says report

"Improving services in government requires better coordination and integration across traditional organizational boundaries," says the Partnership for Public Service. "Citizens interacting with government should not have to understand and navigate a complex hierarchy of departments, agencies and offices to receive benefits or services."

Identifying regulatory gaps in big data difficult, says FTC panel

Once reserved for scientific studies, big data is now regularly used by corporations to analyze information about consumers -- and privacy experts say these emerging practices raise tough policy questions.

NSA chief dismisses scandal's impact, says agency 'fully compliant' with law

The National Security Agency surveillance charges brought by Edward Snowden have not negatively affected relationships with foreign counterparts, said NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers. The corporate sector, nation states and foreign intelligence counterparts have not fundamentally walked away from the NSA, he added.

Chinese government hackers penetrated fed contractor systems 20 times, Senate probe reveals

In one year alone, hackers working for the Chinese government penetrated computer networks of U.S. Transportation Command contractors at least 20 times, the Senate Armed Services Committee revealed Sept. 17 after a year-long investigation.

Experts say cybersecurity legislation unlikely before fiscal 2015 begins

It's unlikely that Congress will have time to address cybersecurity legislation as the end of the fiscal year rapidly approaches, according to Former National Security Agency Director and retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden.

Federal shared-services online marketplace opens doors to public

A federal online catalog where government agencies can go shopping for services offered by other agencies has opened its doors to industry.