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White House fence gets temporary spikes to deter intruders in response to 2014 incident

The Secret Service and National Park Service July 1 began installing large metal spikes along the top of the White House fence in what the agencies say is a temporary measure to deter fence jumpers.

White House looks to bolster infrastructure resilience with new transportation and climate data

The White House hopes releasing transportation-related data will enhance the nation's resilience to extreme weather events linked to climate change, which could have a serious impact on U.S. transportation systems.

New federal partnership seeks to improve global community resilience to climate change impacts

The Climate Services for Resilient Development public-private partnership was launched with more than $34 million in financial and in-kind contributions from the federal government and seven other institutions and governments.

PPS issues guide for presidential transitions; Carper introduces transition legislation

The Partnership for Public Services is working on a guide to help The White House transition from president to president starting in 2016, and the initiative has inspired legislation from the Senate committee responsible for overseeing government operations.

House expected to consider 2 cyber threat data sharing bills that grant liability protections

The Obama administration largely supports both bills although it had some reservations regarding their liability protections. But civil liberties and privacy groups say they strongly opposed one bill sponsored by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Federal CIO Council wins award for worst open government performance – again

The Rosemary Award, established in 2005 by the National Security Archive – a Washington, D.C.-based independent watchdog group located at George Washington University – is intended to "highlight the lowlights of government secrecy."

Obama establishes, appoints director of White House IT

President Obama has created a new position at the White House – director of White House information technology – and tapped a former Facebook employee to fill it.

Fed websites get 1.36B visits with IRS.gov topping list, new analytics dashboard shows

Not every government website is represented in the data. The dashboard only collects information from about 300 executive branch domains, out of about 1,350 total.

Industry rep: Businesses get stronger liability protection for sharing cyber threat info under CISA

A U.S. Chamber of Commerce representative said at March 4 congressional hearing that his group favors a controversial Senate proposal that encourages companies to volutarily share cyber threat information with other companies and the federal government while providing them with needed liability protections.

Executive order meant to apply internationally, says Schwartz

The executive order issued by the White House Feb. 13 will enable private sector companies to better share cybersecurity threat information, whether they're domestic or international entities.