A bipartisan Senate bill seeks to protect student educational records by limiting how that information is shared with private companies. The Protecting Student Privacy Act, introduced on July 30 by Senators Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, requires that data security safeguards be put in place for sensitive student data held by private firms.
The House has passed a bill requiring any new federal website that collects personal data to be certified as functional and secure prior to launch.
The Defense Information Systems Agency closed its Huntsville, Ala., data center on May 30, a move that is expected to save the Defense Department about $3.2 annually.
The Census Bureau is combing the industry for information about how it could improve the presence of its public-facing website as well as search and navigation functionality.
The White House has released a new plan to better coordinate how the government conducts, manages and maintains its Earth-observing scientific systems.
A review of a bureau's information systems within the Treasury Department found a "signficant deficiency" in security measures over financial reporting, a Government Accountability Office report released July 18.
An IT industry group has established a commission to advise the federal government on the convergence of social media, mobile, analytics, and cloud technologies.
The FBI is seeking commercial cloud-computing options that can store vast amounts of criminal justice data. In a recent request for information, the bureau said it wants an on-site, infrastructure-as-a-service, "cloud in a box" system to support the Criminal Justice Information Services division in Clarksburg, W.Va., at multiple locations across the country
Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said July 14 that the department is hiring its first-ever chief data officer to help it "develop, test, and grow the next phase of the open data revolution."
The Trinity machine is part of a $174 million contract from the National Nuclear Security Administration to supercomputer manufacturer Cray. Los Alamos, Sandia and the Lawrence Livermore national labs will use it to run very large and complicated nuclear weapons simulations.