While President Obama might be struggling with his popularity in the United States, he's number one on Twitter. As of June 25, Obama (@BarackObama) tops a world-leader list with 43.7 million followers. Pope Francis (@Pontifex) is a distant second with 14 million followers on nine different language accounts, according to a 2014 global study by the global public relations and communications firm Burson-Marsteller.
Agencies need to better offer telework, flexible schedules and childcare options to employees to attract and maintain a talented workforce, a June 23 White House memo says. "We should build on our record of leadership through better education and training, expanded availability of workplace flexibilities and work-life programs, as appropriate, and improved tracking of outcomes and accountability," the memo says.
The Obama administration doesn't need to develop new cybersecurity regulations, a review by the administration has concluded. Voluntary implementation of the cybersecurity framework that the National Institute of Standards and Technology released in February will suffice for now.
The Federal Communications Commission's new proposal on net neutrality has provoked concern from Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
Big data poses a serious risk to consumer privacy and challenges corporations to responsibly handle security –two issues that need prompt attention and policy development from the White House, recommends a May 1 report (pdf) from the White House on big data.
The White House launched a website April 23 that aims to connect veterans and service members with employers. The Veterans Employment Center will provide public- and private-sector employers looking to hire veterans, service members and their spouses a database of resumes to search from.
The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology submits recommendations regularly to the White House, but few have been as well received across government and as actionable as a July 2012 report on spectrum usage, says a senior official.
The Obama administration plans to propose legislation that would end the bulk collection of telephony metadata by the intelligence community, as it currently does it.
A White House study now underway will analyze the benefits and challenges of big data technologies, and could prompt the administration to take a hard look at existing policies and the federal research agenda, said Nicole Wong, deputy federal chief technology officer.
The Defense Department will lead the hubs, which will receive $140 million in federal funding and a similar financial commitment from businesses and universities, the White House says. The Detroit-area institute will focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing, and the Chicago counterpart on digital manufacturing and design.