While a Postal Service system that collects, stores and reports mail volume data has been generally reliable, the USPS Office of Inspector General found areas where data accuracy can be improved.
Improving cybersecurity emerged as the top priority again for federal chief information officers and chief information security officers, according to an annual survey from industry group TechAmerica.
Many net neutrality supporters want the federal government to impose a "public utility style" regulation on Internet service providers to prevent them from prioritizing traffic. But Robert Litan, a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank the Brookings Institution, said that not only won't work, but it could affect other tech services in the future.
Conformance with the newly-enacted Digital Accountability and Transparency Act will require heavy lifting on the part of government, said Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel. "As far as systems today and how we can get there, they don't necessarily map in the way that the act described," said VanRoekel.
The Federal Trade Commission wants Congress to consider legislation that would rein in data brokers – requiring them provide more information to consumers on their operations and reasonable access to the data collected about individuals.
As governments and communities become more awash in data from sensors, smartphones, wireless networks and other technologies, there are significant opportunities to harness that information to improve society and its security. But there is also a balancing act with privacy that needs greater examination and discussion, according to a panel of security experts who spoke May 20 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
Although the American Civil Liberties Union is an active participant in a multistakeholder process to address privacy and facial recognition technology, the group says a National Telecommunications and Information Administration-backed code of conduct will not provide sufficient privacy protection.
Due to hard work and improved coordination throughout the federal government, the impact of the Heartbleed bug on the dot-gov domain has been minimal, said Larry Zelvin, director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center within the Homeland Security Department's National Protection and Programs Directorate.
"There are many, many ways to fudge the work that OMB and Treasury now have to do," said Hudson Hollister of the Data Transparency Coalition.
Federal web managers are encouraging their agency peers to better define the chunks of information that feed their online and mobile content. "This information-centric approach is to enable interoperability," said Logan Powell, public affairs specialist at the Census Bureau.