The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would receive a total budget authority of $5.44 billion under the White House budget proposal released today. Current year spending is $5.18 billion.
Surveillance by the National Security Agency is costing the United States in terms of direct costs to American taxpayers to run the programs, costs to the American Internet industry, costs to foreign relations work and costs to Internet security, said Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and chief executive of the New America Foundation. But pegging a dollar value on it is a difficult exercise, said panelists during a Feb. 25 event hosted by the think tank in Washington, D.C.
The Defense Department isn't always accurate in its contribution to a federal website purporting to catalog major information technology programs, their current status and risk rating, acknowledged a senior Pentagon official.
An Air Force general announced Feb. 21 the launch later this year of a previously classified satellite "neighborhood watch" constellation that will surveil space for covert satellites and debris.
The DoD has signaled its intent to buy a commercial EHR to replace its legacy systems since it and the Veterans Affairs Department canceled in February 2013 (citing cost reasons) an effort that would have resulted in a joint EHR running in both military and veterans medical systems.
The Joint Information Environment, an effort to upgrade and standardize Defense Department information technology infrastructure and services, still isn't a program of record but it does come under the oversight of the director of operational test and evaluation.
Whether or not the intelligence community's bulk storage of telephony metadata has actually prevented a terrorist attack shouldn't be the only metric by which the program's efficacy should be measured, said Attorney General Eric Holder.
The recommendations go farther than previous proposals. The federal government today expresses cybersecurity requirements for its contractors "in terms of compliance with broadly stated standards and are included in a section of the contract that is not part of the technical description of the product or service," the committee states.
A changing set of counter-nuclear proliferation problems requires a paradigm shift in monitoring that should include big data analytics and crowdsourcing, says a report from the Defense Science Board. For the first time since the onset of the nuclear era, America must be equally concerned with an increase of nuclear capabilities in existing nuclear states and an increase in the number of states and non-state actors possessing, or attempting to possess, nuclear weapons, the report says.
President Obama announced reforms to the National Security Agency's surveillance programs in a speech Jan. 17, while also repeatedly defending their importance.