The advent of the Internet has made the role of the Federal Communications Commission more important, not less, argues newly confirmed FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in an e-book dated Nov. 26.
The NSA reveled in what it termed "the golden age of SIGINT" in a five year strategy also outlining its goal for expanding authorities even while other administration officials told Congress the information age had diminished their ability to intercept electronic communications. In it, the agency notes that the "advent of the information age [has] transformed the nature of our target space" but notes that signals intelligence collection has adapted.
Intelligence officials Wednesday said they oppose a law that would require them to disclose the number of Americans whose communications are swept up in surveillance of foreigners on the grounds that there's no reliable way to do so. During a Nov. 13 Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing, ODNI General Counsel Robert Litt said counting the number of affected Americans "is operationally very difficult, at least without an extraordinary investment of resources and maybe not even then."
Efforts throughout government to cut the cost of federal data centers continue to grind along, with the General Services Administration and the Defense Information Systems Agency recently announcing separate progress. The Homeland Security Department also published a Sept. 30 request for information that said the department plans to transition from a data center model where it pays for data centers by the square foot to an "as-a-service" model where it pays for use.
Navy spokesman Ed Austin said the military department will immediately resume work on the contract, which it suspended following notification by the GAO of protests, which Harris Corp. and Computer Sciences Corp. filed shortly after the Navy made its NGEN award in June. A CSC spokeswoman said her company dropped its protest in August, and said the company doesn't have further comment.
Healthcare.gov continues to experience technical difficulties as the political atmosphere surrounding its implementation intensifies. A Verizon-Terremark data-center failure that caused an outage for most of Sunday appeared to return again Tuesday night, with access to the website still problematic, said Julie Bataille, Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services spokeswoman, during an Oct. 30 press call.
The Internal Revenue Service has ineffective information technology inventory controls, making desktop computers, laptop computers and server racks vulnerable to loss, finds a recently released Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report dated Sept. 16.
A paper from a German journalist and an American technology advisor argues that fallout from revelations of widespread Internet surveillance by the National Security Agency holds the danger of balkanizing the Internet with little real effect against determined electronic espionage.
The Defense Department finalized regulations Oct. 22 for its cybersecurity threat sharing program with defense industrial base companies, making no changes to an interim final rule published in May 2012.
The National Security Agency collects webmail inboxes and instant messaging buddy lists through secret arrangements with foreign telecommunications providers and other intelligence services able to intercept traffic along the Internet backbone, says reporting based on the latest round of documents leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.