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.
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.
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.
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.
Wireless carriers committed to adopting a more consumer-friendly cellphone unlocking policy based on proposals from the Federal Communications Commission.
Agencies will be required to use 20 percent renewable energy for its electricity by 2020, a Dec. 5 President Obama memo says. The memo builds on a 2009 executive order (.pdf) that set targets for reducing direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent by 2020.
The final version of a new White House open government action plan is substantially expanded from a recently circulated preliminary draft – although many of the actions called for in the plan aren't new initiatives.
A Nov. 18 statement of administration policy (.pdf) asks the Senate not to make changes to the security clearance process until the Office of Management and Budget completes its ongoing review. OMB's findings may lead to recommendations that conflict with the Senate Armed Services Committee's proposal.
FirstNet must deliver quickly on its promise of a nationwide first-responder communications network before states and cities opt out, a former White House technology official says.
Speaking at the White House today, President Obama acknowledged that the rollout was flawed. "There are going to be some glitches in the signup process along the way that we will fix," he said. "There have been times this morning where the site has been running more slowly than it normally will." Some users also received error messages.