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White House rolls out data privacy, cybersecurity proposals before SOTU speech

President Obama will preview several measures to strengthen digital privacy and cybersecurity in a scheduled late morning address Jan.12 at the Federal Trade Commission, before he formally unveils them during his State of the Union speech next week, the White House said.

Obama boosts judicial confirmation rate with record lame duck confirmations

The Senate has confirmed 89 of President Obama's judicial appointees in 2014 – a record number of confirmations in the post-election lame duck session, according to analysis from the Brookings Institution. His judicial confirmation rate now exceeds that of previous two-term presidents Bush and Clinton.

FBI fingers North Korea in Sony hack, Obama calls it 'cyber vandalism'

The FBI issued a statement Dec. 19 attributing the widely-publicized and costly cyber intrusion at Sony Pictures to North Korean-backed hackers. The agency's four-week investigation definitively found "the North Korean government is responsible for these actions," said an agency press release.

House passes omnibus fiscal 2015 spending bill

The House narrowly passed a fiscal 2015 appropriations bill Thursday night paving the way for Senate approval and avoiding a government shutdown. The $1.1 trillion fiscal 2015 bill (H.R. 83) would fund every government agency with the exception of DHS through Sept. 30. That number includes $521 billion for defense functions of several agencies and $492 billion for non-defense agency functions.

Obama issues directives to develop more diverse skills for federal managers

President Obama issued a series of directives Tuesday calling on agency managers to develop a more diverse set of skills as agency executives begin to retire in greater numbers.

Obama grants feds day off on Dec. 26

President Obama formally granted federal employees an extra holiday on Dec. 26 in an executive order issued Dec. 5. "All executive branch departments and agencies of the federal government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, the day after Christmas Day," the executive order says.

Hagel to step down as head of DoD

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will be leaving his post once a successor is nominated and confirmed, a Nov. 24 Defense Department news release says. Obama praised Hagel's service and noted he became the head of the DoD at a particularly difficult time. "When I asked Chuck to serve as secretary of defense, we were entering a significant period of transition," Obama said in the news release.

Government open data efforts continue to struggle, groups say

An audit of the federal government's open data efforts has produced conflicting results. Where there should be URLs that link to downloadable datasets, agencies sometimes have a short message or an identifier for a non-web resource, such as people's computers and internal servers, the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit dedicate to government transparency, said in an Oct. 29 blog post.

Obama sets out new open government initiatives

President Obama renewed his commitment to open government by laying out a new set of initiatives that will call on the U.S. Digital Service to make it easier for citizens to engage with the government, a Sept. 24 Open Government Partnership action plan says.

Obama nominees left twisting in the wind as Senate hits campaign trail

Many of President Obama's nominees were left in limbo as the Senate left Washington to hit the campaign trail as November elections near. USAID has been waiting the longest. The agency has gone without an inspector general for three years now. Michael Carroll was nominated back in July 2013 and is still awaiting a hearing.