The Obama administration is seeking the public's help in developing a second National Action Plan on Open Government, states a White House blog post. The administration poses a series of questions for public response by September 23. At a later date, the White House said it will provide an online a summary of the submissions received from the public.
A congressional author of the Patriot Act says Congress never authorized the intelligence community's bulk collection of telephone call metadata, submitting an amicus brief supporting an American Civil Liberties lawsuit seeking to have the collection stopped on constitutional grounds.
Google and Microsoft are suing the federal government for permission to publish the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act requests the companies receive. However, recent negotiations between the tech giants and the Justice Department haven't resolved the legal battle, according to a Microsoft blog post.
Counterterrorism information sharing among federal agencies faces obstacles, finds a survey of 16 departments and agencies by the Information Sharing Environment, which released the results as part of its 2013 annual report.
A large majority of agencies involved in sharing counterterrorism information say they plan on adopting Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management standards as part of information sharing systems. Slightly fewer than half of surveyed agencies could say they've aligned their sensitive-but-unclassified network architecture to be consistent with FICAM, however--47 percent of surveyed agencies said they have, while 53 percent said they haven't.
The Information Sharing Environment within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has an annual budget of around $25 million, shows a budget document leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
The U.S. government requested the greatest number of "total requests" and "user accounts requested" of any other government from Jan. 1 to June 30 of this year. The finding echoes results published by other technology companies in similar reports-- most recently Twitter--that the United States leads in requesting information from email and social media companies.
Obama administration assurances that only transactional records and not the content of Americans' phone calls are being monitored by the National Security Agency overlooks the revealing potency of those records, says Edward Felten, a Princeton computer science professor.
The Postal Service awarded Aug. 20 a $15 million contract to stand up a Federal Cloud Credential Exchange. The one-year pilot will create an authentication infrastructure that enables individuals to securely access online services at multiple federal agencies.
Proposed legislation that would center public- and private-sector cybersecurity collaboration onto a single coordinating entity would fall short in effective engagement, asserts a paper published this month by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.