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US Visitor Surveillance System Brings Some Solace to Families of MH17 Victims

A database that houses the fingerprints of almost all foreign visitors to catch terrorists recently was used for a different purpose -- bringing closure to bereft families.

House Committee Demands Answers from CTO Megan Smith and HHS on HealthCare.gov Data Mining

The head of the House Space, Science and Technology Committee says he might call U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith to testify about potential HealthCare.gov consumer privacy gaps.

Government Privacy Board Tells Obama: Shut Down NSA Mass Spying Now

The White House has been quiet on surveillance reform since the USA Freedom Act crumbled in the Senate last November.

The Pentagon Accelerates Move to Cloud Computing

The proof is in the participation: The Defense Department’s latest cloud security guidelines received 800-plus public comments, the vast majority of them from industry players and cloud providers.

Beware the Unwitting Insider Threat

Employees who click on dubious email attachments, plug in unsecured storage devices or leave laptops unsecured, among other problematic IT practices, may be the biggest threat posed to securing federal agency networks.

Why Paid Parental Leave Could Be Key to Diversifying the Tech Workforce

The president's new parental leave policy may entice more women to seek STEM jobs in the federal government versus the private sector.

This Is How Feds Will Protect Sensitive Data in the Cloud

The so-called high-impact baseline has become a major priority because of recent demand from both the Defense Department and civilian agencies.

CTO Megan Smith shares a laugh with a middle school student from Newark, N.J. and Code.org Founder Hadi Partovi, center, after teaching U.S. President Barack Obama how to code at the White House.

Federal CTO’s New Mission: Raise the Government’s Tech IQ

Megan Smith is touting the Obama administration’s all-of the-above approach to refreshing its tech workforce, including tapping Silicon Valley alumni to work on short-term projects and retraining existing federal techies.

Marco Rubio Wants to Permanently Extend NSA Mass Surveillance

The Florida Republican and likely White House contender is further separating himself from other 2016 hopefuls in the Senate.

Obama to Agencies: We Need More Regulations on Commercial Drone Use

After drone crashes near the White House, the president directed federal agencies to release rules.