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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.