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Obama cuts chained CPI from fiscal 2015 budget request, but proposal not off the table completely

President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request won't include a proposal that would have trimmed cost of living increases for Social Security benefits. Using chained CPI would have  saved the federal government  $230 billion over ten years, then-Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeffrey Zients said in an April 10 press conference.

Obama sets 2016 deadline for agencies to use trade-data system

Before businesses can clear their goods for import or export, they have to submit documents, often on paper, to an assortment of federal agencies. The ITDS would let them submit all the required data electronically and all in one place. The system would then distribute the data to the agencies that need it.

Groups defend DATA Act from OMB suggestions

A coalition of advocacy groups criticized the Obama administration for revisions it proposed to the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act in a Feb. 11 letter to the president.

Former White House official: Leadership needed to elevate bioterrorism urgency

For bioterrorism to draw the level of attention that nuclear terrorism has received will require a concerted effort from the White House, said Robert Kadlec, formerly the special assistant to the president for biodefense. "It really does take some leadership at the very top," Kadlec, who served under President George W. Bush, told a House Homeland Security subcommittee during a  hearing  Feb. 11.

Cybersecurity framework released with incentives unfinished and privacy appendix gone

The federal government today released a framework for cybersecurity meant for voluntary adoption within the private sector while acknowledging that work remains to be done in constructing incentives for adoption, and within the framework itself. Framework development has been a year-long effort under the tutelage of NIST, which received a mandate through an cybersecurity executive order.

Recovery Act bred innovation in grant oversight

Federal agencies learned new approaches to accountability amid their effort to oversee massive spending on grants under the 2009 stimulus law, a review by the Government Accountability Office found.

House passes notification requirement for health exchange breaches

The House passed a bill Friday that would impose stringent new reporting requirements on the Health and Human Services Department whenever any healthcare exchange created under the Affordable Care Act suffers a data breach. The White House opposes the bill.

Spotlight: Beers leaves DHS for White House

Rand Beers has left the Homeland Security Department for the White House, to become an adviser to President Obama. After Janet Napolitano resigned and until Secretary Jeh Johnson was confirmed, Beers served as the acting secretary at DHS, before which he was filling in as acting deputy secretary.

Successful e-gov crowdsourcing projects unrelated to cost or customization, finds paper

The most successful public sector crowdsourcing projects simply focus on encouraging maximum crowd participation, finds a recently published academic paper. And, where factors such as customization have proven important to e-commerce, crowdsourcing participants appear to care little about a custom experience.

Intelligence review panel calls for stricter NSA limits

A five member panel  charged  by President Obama in August to review intelligence surveillance has recommended new limits to current National Security Agency activities. Among its recommendations is an end to NSA long-term storage of telephony metadata--the transaction records of all domestic and international telephone calls crossing through U.S. carrier switches--and a transition to a system in which those records are stored privately.