The Internal Revenue Service's voluntary classification settlement program, or VCSP, allows employers to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees, but an internal audit takes issue with the accuracy of data collected as well as its management of the applications.
A recent review of three health insurance exchanges identified a variety of information security vulnerabilities ranging from unauthorized database access to poor information storage practices.
Government open data initiatives have made patient health information more readily available online through healthdata.gov and third-party sites that pull from public sources. But coherent legal and ethics policies are lagging data innovation, says a paper recently published in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.
Federal regulatory agencies are taking on a greater advisory role in helping critical infrastructure and financial services companies apply the National Institute of Standards and Technology's cybersecurity framework and reduce their cyber risks, several experts recently said.
While the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken steps to protect its large-scale data collectsion, ranging from credit card accounts to payday loans, it still needs to implement several more processes and practices to enhance privacy and information security, congressional investigators said.
A new geospatial tool is helping the Army gain better insight and intelligence on new terrains, enabling commanders to make more informed decisions for more effective and secure operations.
Data is increasingly seen as a valuable resource. But a new paper published by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation warns that if high-quality data collection regularly excludes certain individuals or communities then their problems could be neglected.
Data localization and "technological sovereignty" movements have gathered strength in Europe and South America since the National Security Agency's surveillance programs became public knowledge. But it's a knee-jerk reaction to require that data reside within a country's borders and it doesn't necessarily ensure security or privacy, said Internet governance experts at a Sept. 19 New America Foundation event.
Separate investigations by Congress and the Commerce Department's inspector general this year led to the same conclusion that supervisors in the bureau's Philadelphia regional office did not instruct field representatives to falsify data nor did managers manipulate Current Population Survey data that could have had a measurable impact on the nation's unemployment rate leading up to the 2012 presidential election.
Privacy research is the next frontier to be tackled by the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program. NITRD, the IT research and development program that encourages collaboration across federal departments, will formulate a National Privacy Research Strategy says a notice from the National Science Foundation.