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Better federal oversight needed in national geospatial data collection and use, GAO says

A federal government-led initiative that aims to improve coordination of geospatial-related investments as well as reduce duplicative efforts and spending is falling short of the goal due to a lack of oversight and other issues.

GSA seeking information about commercial services to manage dot-gov registration services

The General Services Administration is seeking information about commercial services that can provide top-level domain name registration services through a secure "DOTGOV.gov" website.

House chair: 'Landmark' bill boosts cyber threat sharing, shields businesses from liability

House Homeland Security Committee chair Michael McCaul said he's releasing a draft bill that provides 'robust' liability protection to the private sector in an effort to boost information sharing about cyber threats and attacks with others.

Book questions governments' capabilities as cyber threats persist

The abilities of governments to protect citizens are dwindling as cyber threats increase and jurisdiction over such matters lacks clarity, according to the authors of a new book.

IG takes issue with State Department email records management

According to State Department policy, any email that includes information about the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures or operations should be preserved as an "email record," but employees at the department overwhelmingly lack the guidance and training to properly preserve email records.

Senate committee advances cyber threat information sharing bill

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, or CISA, continues its march through Congress, passing the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence March 12 by a vote of 14 to 1.

CIA Director Brennan says cyber is 'urgent national security priority' in foreign policy talk

The CIA, in collaboration with federal and private sector partners, has improved its capabiltiies and understanding of cyber threats, but so have their adversaries.

Commerce task force seeks to start discussion on cybersecurity issues with many stakeholders

The Internet Policy Task Force plans to hold a series of discussions around key cybersecurity issues through the multistakeholder process, according to a draft request for comment, released March 13.

HHS takes a page from Digital Services Playbook with IT acquisition

Mark Naggar turned to the Digital Services Playbook and TechFAR Handbook to help with the competition, resulting in an award in eight weeks rather than the typical six-month procurement with better insight into the winner's capabilities.

Assume you've been compromised, stresses OPM security director

Federal agencies often approach cybersecurity by addressing each infection and by assuming they have a secure baseline, but they're not being honest about the strength of their security and are continually stuck playing "whack a mole," a government cybersecurity expert says.

NIST announces small business funding for cybersecurity research

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Small Business Innovation Research program is offering to fund research projects that address specific challenges in cybersecurity.

CSIS gives recommendations for shoring up cybersecurity, while protecting privacy

In response to the increase in cyber threats' frequency and complexity, a new report makes 11 recommendations for shoring up security while protecting privacy through information sharing.

EU data privacy proposals could impact US businesses

The European Union is drafting a bill that would affect how U.S. companies that operate in Europe could handle customer information.

GAO: Census Bureau faces challenges in designing, implementing Internet response option

An Internet response option for the 2020 census could be more convenient for households, provide better quality data that could result in less follow-up work, and lower costs related with processing paper questionnaires.

Interior, Agriculture departments unveil initiative to make more data about public lands available

The Interior and Agriculture departments plan to hold a summit April 11-12 regarding how it can make more data about public recreation lands and waterways available to Americans with the aim of promoting and protecting such natural resources.

Air Force unit addresses complex issue of cyber insider threats, vets technologies

A special programs unit operating at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts has developed an approach to quickly identify and test government and commercially available technology for classified networks that can also deter insider attacks.

CIO makes good use of Postal Service data, but presentation needs improvement, watchdog says

An internal U.S. Postal Service audit found that the chief information officer is effectively using internal and external data to manage business activities and lessen risk, but there's room for improvement – mainly around how the data is presented.

Senators seek national strategy that fosters innovation, economic growth with Internet of Things

So far, about 25 billion consumer devices such as home appliances to wearable technology are connected to the Internet, and that's expected to swell to 50 billion by 2020.

New federal CIO seeks 'rising stars' to tackle IT issues

Just shy of a month after President Obama named him the next federal chief information officer, Tony Scott announced the 2015 CIO Council IT Solutions Challenge.

Feds launch privacy discussion around commercial, private use of drones

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration wants input on a range of issues from the structure of a new multistakeholder group addressing these issues to specific questions around privacy, transparency and accountability.