The Obama administration is seeking the public's help in developing a second National Action Plan on Open Government, states a White House blog post. The administration poses a series of questions for public response by September 23. At a later date, the White House said it will provide an online a summary of the submissions received from the public.
President Obama's picks for a five member group tasked with reviewing National Security Agency surveillance has drawn criticism over its insider-heavy composition. The group is one of a handful of Obama administration reactions to revelations of widespread surveillance of telephone records and Internet communications caused by the leaking of classified documents by former intelligence community contractor Edward Snowden.
Between 2003 and 2012, upward of 600 power outages caused by severe weather affected at least 50,000 customers each, says the report (.pdf), prepared by the White House Council of Economic Advisers and the Energy Department's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. The frequency and intensity of hurricanes, blizzards, floods and other extreme weather events is expected to rise due to climate change, the report says.
Holding out the possibility of non-emergency technical assistance could be an incentive to drive private sector adoption of the cybersecurity framework under development by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, say the White House and the Treasury Department.
Liability protection as an incentive for private sector adoption of the cybersecurity framework under development by the National Institute of Standards and Technology requires further study, says the Commerce Department in a discussion paper that takes a skeptical view of the need for protection against tort claims and other possible private sector incentives.
The Merida Initiative between the United States and Mexico, which began as a federal-to-federal assistance program, has increasingly helped Mexico's state and local governments, the White House says. Law enforcement assistance will focus on support for Mexico's new training requirements for federal, state and local enforcement agencies.
The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act would help balance out the retirement of the Baby Boomer generation with an infusion of immigrants, who tend to be young, the White House says in a report (.pdf), released July 10.
President Obama delayed implementation of a portion of the Affordable Care Act to give employers more time to comply with ACA rules, a July 2 White House blog post says. The part of the ACA that requires all employers with more than 50 employees to provide coverage to its employees will be pushed back until 2015.
President Obama set new goals in a plan to address climate change June 25 including directing the Environmental Protection Agency to work with the states to establish carbon pollution standards and directing the Interior Department to permit renewable energy project on public lands by 2020, a White House fact sheet says.
In February 2012, the White House directed the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to convene stakeholders to develop codes of conduct that would specify how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies in certain contexts. In June 2012, NTIA announced that the first such process would address transparency in mobile application privacy.