Reasons for the TISCOM laptops unpopularity--auditors note a prevalence on what they call "non-standard laptops"--likely stems from several factors noted by auditors, including the fact that TISCOM charges recipients $2,270 per laptop and an annual fee of $1,533.91, meaning that a new laptop provided by the command costs nearly $4,000 in just its first year.
Lawsuits against federal surveillance often fail due to the difficulty of plaintiffs proving that they have standing, the ACLU says its complaint stems in part from its status as a Verizon Business Network Services customer. The suit seeks a declaration that mass call tracking is unlawful, a prohibition against the government continuing it and the purging from federal databases all records related to the ACLU.
"It's a no brainer to give them authority over the commodity IT and we eventually want to move certain agencies where they have input on the mission critical applications. But what we're learning on PortfolioStat is that CIOs are struggling having authority over commodity IT," said David Powner, director of information technology management issues at the Government Accountability Office.
An intelligence collection program named PRISM that gathers data from electronic communication service providers does exist, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence acknowledged (.pdf) June 8. Officials have said the program's authorization comes from the FISA Amendments Act, a law that gained a 5 year extension through 2017 in December following President Obama's approval of a reauthorization bill.
European Union Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes announced that she will soon introduce proposals to the EU College of Commissioners that will prevent internet service providers in Europe from blocking customers' access to competitors' services.
A Federal Aviation Administration effort to modernize air traffic control systems at terminal radar approach control facilities faces significant risks, says Transportation Department auditors. Analysis conducted by the FAA concluded that STARS must be upgraded to incorporate at least 94 functions that CARTS accumulated over the years in order for the new system not to be a downgrade.
Cloud first, a cornerstone of the Office of Management and Budget's 25-point plan to reform federal information technology, continues to be a priority for OMB and will be addressed in agency PortfolioStat sessions this summer, said Scott Renda, cloud computing portfolio manager at OMB.
The Navy Department added to the series of delays experienced by its Next Generation Enterprise Network acquisition program by announcing May 29 another delay to the award announcement.
The Homeland Security Department wants to upgrade its identification system to a new system that makes use of fingerprint, facial and iris recognition as part implementation of HSPD-12, the 2004 Homeland Security Presidential Directive that requires biometric personal identify verification cards for federal workers.
Funding for Energy Department supercomputer efforts would need at least another $400 million annually to possible build a exascale computer by 2020, a computer scientist told a May 22 House hearing.