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Cyber stands to make gains in national defense bill, but Obama threatens veto

To help bolster U.S. cyber defense, the bill calls for authorizing the president to use military cyber action in response to an attack on the nation, additional funding to the Defense Innovation Initiative for increased investment in various technologies, and more cyber procurement funding.

Americans feel their privacy is often at risk, Pew Research Center studies show

Americans have "exceedingly low levels of confidence in the privacy and security of the records that are maintained by a variety of institutions in the digital age," Pew said.

Private sector not sharing as much cybersecurity info as feds want, experts say

Convincing the private sector to share more information about cybersecurity incidents with the federal government will take trust building and a cooperative effort across all relevant agencies.

Think tank outlines 12 areas where Congress can help accelerate data innovation, benefit public

The Center for Data Innovation report said Congress can help shape data usage to boost economic growth and benefit the public through improved transparency or more efficient healthcare.

US deputy CTO: IT investment shouldn't just focus on fixing failures

"I've noticed a few projects sometimes overcorrecting towards where the negative noise is, because there's not enough positive noise," said Federal Deputy Chief Technology Officer Ryan Panchadsaram, during a Tuesday session at the ACT-IAC Management of Change Conference.

GAO: FCC needs to measure whether consumers receive satisfactory broadband performance info

Consumers can access data about their broadband service through Internet service providers, or ISPs, third-party websites and Federal Communication Commission reports, but there are issues in each of these areas. 

International efforts underway to improve aircraft tracking, flight data recovery

While the Government Accountability Office report did not make any recommendations to relevant U.S. agencies, it pointed out concerns among stakeholders about prescriptive standards versus a performance-based approach.

Waiting on FedRAMP for cloud brokers? Don't hold your breath

Despite the General Services Administration's efforts to provide agencies with tools that support the acquisition of cloud computing technologies, there's a growing demand for neutral facilitators, or "cloud brokers," to walk agencies through the selection of a cloud vendor.

GSA, USPS find early success with Internet of Things

A handful of federal agencies aren't just talking about how sensor-based technologies can fuel new capabilities and efficiencies, they're embracing the "Internet of Things" now.

White House contracting officer talks about flexible way for agencies to procure software

Traci Walker talks about her experience in the "Behind the Buy" podcast that features stories from federal contracting officers about using effective IT contracting strategies to help agencies get what they need.

Army, Air Force face challenges in completing training requirements for drone pilots, GAO says

The Defense Department has acquired more than 10,000 drones and training pilots is an integral part of its plans. However, the Army and Air Force in recent years have faced several challenges in getting that pilot training completed.

Ex-NRC worker charged with attempted email phishing attack

A former Nuclear Regulatory Commission worker has been charged in connection with an attempted email spear-phishing attack that targeted dozens of Energy Department employee email accounts.

Internet policy experts support transition of domain names to multi-stakeholder community

A proposal to shift management of the web addresses that power the Internet from the Commerce Department to a "global multi-stakeholder community" is gaining support as a deadline looms.

Senators reintroduce bill to boost students' data privacy

A bill that aims to increase student privacy protections by blocking education companies from selling student data has been reintroduced in the Senate.

US government gets low cybersecurity marks from own federal employees, (ISC)2 survey says

Nearly half the respondents said the U.S. government is seeing little to no return on such security investments, while 17 percent said their organization's security posture is even worse – which is 5 percent higher than what respondents said in a 2013 survey.

Questions remain following DATA Act implementation guidance

Despite new guidance on how agencies can meet the requirements prescribed by the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, or DATA Act, many questions remain.

China views offensive cyber capabilities as key during warfare, annual DoD report says

In such circumstances, the People's Liberation Army would use cyberspace operations to not only achieve "information dominance," but disable an enemy's operations.

New report to congressional caucus paints broad picture of cloud computing progress, obstacles

While the report said that most agencies are "fence sitters," there are those who are unwilling or hesitant to move to the cloud because these "box huggers...fear loss of control and getting blamed for failure."

New global CIO survey finds legacy networks are top worry, could impede new tech adoption

Federal chief information officers have similar worries to businesses when it comes to the impact their legacy networks have on adapting new, innovative technologies that improve service and lower costs, according to a Brocade Communications executive whose company released a global survey today about infrastructure issues.

Agencies get more DATA Act guidelines

On the first anniversary of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, the next phase of its implementation begins. The Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department have issued 57 governmentwide standards for posting to USAspending.gov.