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Spending transparency gets boost with passage of DATA Act, awaits President's signature

Bipartisan legislation designed to bring greater transparency, consistency and accuracy into federal government spending through the use of strong, uniform open data standards is headed to President Obama for his signature.

Federal social media registry looks to expand

The General Services Administration's federal social media registry allows those with email address to register federal accounts on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and, soon, Instagram. The registry – which serves as the federal government's solution for addressing copycat and unauthorized social media accounts – likely won't stop with Instagram either.

Education Dept. wants student aid APIs

Application programming interfaces can allow third-party developers to build apps and tools that interact with government data and forms. The Education Department says it's interested both in read-only APIs, which would let tools push out information, and read-write APIs that would let users complete forms through third-party tools.

FBI facial recognition database surges with images

An FBI database storing facial images for digital recognition purposes is on track to have 52 million images in it by next year, show bureau documents obtained through a lawsuit.

With Senate passage, DATA Act on track to become law

The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act took another step toward enactment into law after the Senate passed the bill unanimously Thursday. After it passed, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a  statement  in support of the Senate version, calling it a compromise supported by leaders from both parties in both chambers.

HHS pushes state agencies to share data

After 9/11, information sharing became a term associated with intelligence and counterterrorism. But the Health and Human Services Department is also trying to bring together information dispersed across the numerous state systems used for HHS-funded programs.

DoD and VA will achieve EHR interoperability, says Miller

Electronic health record interoperability between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments has been a long time coming, but an interagency program office is making progress, a DoD official told lawmakers during an April 9 hearing.

Federal privacy advocates seek precision as a means for controls

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – Privacy as a field lacks the precision of cybersecurity, leaving a gap when it comes to implementing specific protective measures, federal officials said today during a workshop at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Big data need not end Americans' privacy, argues CDT

The era of big data need not herald the end of traditional privacy, argues the Center for Democracy and Technology in comments submitted to the White House. White House special advisor John Podesta  announced  Jan. 23 that President Obama appointed him as head of a 90 day review to examine the policy and privacy implications of big data. 

Surveillance technology companies are arms dealers, says researcher

"There are companies that may be incentivized through other means to behave responsibly, but there are other companies that are basically arms dealers and they are selling technologies that are empowering bad people and that are contributing to an Internet that is not human-rights compatible in much of the world,"  said  Rebecca MacKinnon, senior research fellow at the New America Foundation.