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Kundra To unveil Web portal for agency projects

June 22, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said today he hopes to unveil in the next week an Internet-based interactive dashboard that will make available in a single location details about every major information technology project pursued by the federal government. The Web site will let the public see each ...

Racing to Innovate

June 19, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama's technology-focused policies stand to infuse chief information officers with more authority and influence. When White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stepped up to the podium in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room for the first time, just two days after President Obama's historic inauguration, a hungry White ...

Clay plans to introduce legislation to combat ID theft

June 18, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on Wednesday waded into the debate over whether stronger laws are needed to help address identity theft and protect victims. House Oversight and Government Reform Information Policy Subcommittee Chairman William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., plans to introduce legislation that he believes would enhance data ...

Racing To Innovate

June 15, 2009 President Obama's technology-focused policies stand to infuse chief information officers with more authority and influence. When White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stepped up to the podium in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room for the first time, just two days after President Obama's historic inauguration, a hungry White ...

Agencies will team up with ICANN to raise Web security

June 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Telecommunications and Information Administration and National Institute of Standards and Technology announced Wednesday that they will work with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit group that administers the Internet addressing system, to enhance Web security and stability in the face of increasing global threats. ...

Obama administration begins work on cybersecurity R&D

June 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Maximizing government investment in federal cybersecurity research and development is a major component of President Obama's plan to bolster defenses against high-tech attacks. If the White House's new cyber strategy and key agencies' fiscal 2010 budget requests are any indication, they're off to a solid start. The intended result -- ...

Experts: Cyber czar's authority must be resolved

June 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The biggest question hanging over the White House cybersecurity coordinator position is whether that individual will have the authority to marshal disparate agency efforts to safeguard information technology networks, tech insiders said today. Neither President Obama's Friday remarks nor a report summarizing a 60-day review of the federal cybersecurity posture ...

Cybersecurity report said to offer few details

May 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration's release Friday of a report on the state of the federal government's cybersecurity posture will not offer specific recommendations for action, sources who reviewed the document said today. The paper will call for the creation of a cybersecurity coordinator who would be housed in the National Security ...

Aide: Senate panel weighs Privacy Act update

May 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is exploring potential updates to the 35-year-old Privacy Act and could advance legislation this Congress, a top panel aide said today. Evan Cash, who works for Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, told an audience at a Center for Democracy and Technology briefing the ...

Group calls for overhaul of privacy regulations

May 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States' 35-year-old federal privacy law and related policies should be updated to reflect the realities of modern technologies and information systems, and account for more advanced threats to privacy and security, according to a report sent today to OMB Director Orszag. In its 40-page paper, the National Institute ...