Even without the financial oversight responsibilities the Treasury Department would receive under the House-approved version of the DATA Act (H.R. 2061), the department intends to standardize the subset of agency financial reporting it already controls, said a Treasury Department official.
The Internet of Things--a state in the not distant future when hundreds of billions of devices now disconnected from computer networks will routinely transmit data across the web--will require a new privacy paradigm, says the Future of Privacy Forum. A notice and choice paradigm will be unrealistic under those conditions, says the white paper.
The House passed Nov. 19 the DATA Act (H.R. 2061), which requires federal agencies and departments to release more complete and higher-quality spending data. The bill also shifts oversight of federal spending transparency dashboard USASpending.gov from the Office of Management and Budget to the Treasury Department.
Intelligence officials Wednesday said they oppose a law that would require them to disclose the number of Americans whose communications are swept up in surveillance of foreigners on the grounds that there's no reliable way to do so. During a Nov. 13 Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing, ODNI General Counsel Robert Litt said counting the number of affected Americans "is operationally very difficult, at least without an extraordinary investment of resources and maybe not even then."
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently rolled out an online tool to more clearly present regulations. Because the tool is open source--CFPB has made all related code available through a project on GitHub--other agencies and departments could adopt a similar rulemaking tool.
The White House announced Nov. 12 new commitments that add to its list of projects supported by the Obama Administration's $200 million big data initiative, which it launched in March 2012. Among the new collaborations is a partnership with big pharma manufacturers to help enhance clinicaltrials.gov and a partnership with Amazon Web Services to publicly host NASA Earth-observing data.
But as work on an identity ecosystem framework and associated accreditation schemes moves forward, NIST may not have to reinvent the wheel, says Grant in a Nov. 6 blog post. Because NSTIC is not prescriptive, requirements mapping may allow for the creation of an interim identity ecosystem, he says.
Intelligence officials pushed back against proposals to end the bulk storage of telephony metadata, telling a Nov. 4 oversight panel that limiting metadata collection to cases when the records can be tied to particular individuals would make counterterrorism efforts more difficult.
The United States made six new commitments, including expanding open data and modernizing the Freedom of Information Act, in an updated national action plan released in draft form by the White House Oct. 31. The United States issued the draft set of commitments during the Open Government Summit in London.
The National Security Agency secretly tapped the fiber-optic cables that Google and Yahoo use to move information between their international data centers, according to a Washington Post report based on documents leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden.