CAMBRIDGE, Md.--The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace will succeed where other federal attempts at offering the public a common online identity have not, said Jeremy Grant, senior executive advisor for identity management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Grant spoke May 21 during a panel session during the annual ACT-IAC Management of Change conference.
Thursday, May 23 marks the one-year anniversary of the Obama administration's unveiling of the Digital Government Strategy , and with that milestone comes an array of deliverables that are due under the strategy. FierceGovernmentIT has compiled an at-a-glance scorecard to assess what's complete, what's missing and to what degree things changed since the plan rolled out last May.
Many people think data security is only an issue for the Defense Department, the intelligence community or the Homeland Security Department, said Commerce CIO Simon Szykman while speaking May 14 at the FOSE conference in Washington, D.C. "Even if the confidentiality of the data is not key, the long-term integrity of the data is," he said.
Along with its Open Data Policy , the White House unveiled May 9 Project Open Data , a GitHub-hosted tool kit it hopes will be the living, breathing implementation arm of its policy. The online repository provides tools for coders to adopt the policy within agencies' 6-month timeline.
The Canadian agency charged with conducting national elections has decided against a planned pilot of Internet electoral voting before the 2015 general election due to budget cuts, Canadian media has reported . Internet voting enjoys a high rate of opposition among information technology experts, including officials from the Homeland Security Department and the National Institute of Standards and Technology .
A White House memo and executive order ordering agencies to make machine-readable open data the default when standing up new systems or modernizing existing ones will "create opportunities around transparency and efficiency inside the walls of government as well as fuel economic opportunity on the outside," said Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel during a May 9 White house press call.
Under the new policy, agencies must build and modernize information systems in a way that "maximizes interoperability and information accessibility, maintains internal and external data asset inventories, enhances information safeguards, and clarifies information management responsibilities," says the memo.
The toolkit is a code library and framework for web design with a heavy emphasis on accessibility, usability, interoperability, and mobile-friendly and multi-lingual features. The WET is open source, so it can be used commercially or for government, and is on GitHub.
The controls the Social Security Administration uses to detect whether employers use the Social Security Number Verification Service for non-employment purposes are unreliable, according to an April 18 SSA office of inspector general report (.pdf).
Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel envisions the fund building reference architectures, data collection models and other tools "to drive IT excellence forward." It will also fund a modest team to bring scientific rigor to program oversight, said VanRoekel.