The Final DATA Act: Here’s What It Means, Here’s What It’ll Do

Editor’s note: Hudson Hollister is the executive director of the data transparency coalition. His insightful update below covers issues of interests to technologists in and out of government. -bg Sweeping change and open data are dawning for U.S. federal spending. On Thursday 10 April 2014 the U.S. Senate passed the DATA Act — unanimously. In […]

New year, new Congress: What's next for DATA?

[This post by Hudson Hollister is cross-posted on the Data Transparency Coalition’s blog.]   Tomorrow a new U.S. Congress – the 113th, elected last November – will be sworn in.  The 112th Congress finished its run with a divisive confrontation on fiscal priorities. Advocates of opening up government data are rightfully disappointed at the lack […]

Feds OK first FedRAMP firm, Congress trims the spy budget and more

Happy back to work day folks! Here are the top cyber stories of the day. Naval Reactor Program needed to consider more options for business system – a recent OIG report found that The Naval Reactors Program failed to report spending of more than $10 million or adequately consider commercial off-the-shelf solutions when it improved its Enterprise […]

Senate Cyber Bill is 'Dead,' Obama Signs Secret Cyberattacks Directive and more

Here are the top cyber news and stories of the day. Senate cyber bill is ‘dead’ – Senator Harry Reid of Nevada (the majority leader) has pronounced that the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 is officially dead this year, after they failed to gain the 60 votes necessary. Most of the opposition came from the US Chamber […]

Digging into the Senate's new DATA Act: Same name, different content, same goals

In July, when the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee examined the need for better transparency in federal spending, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) told the committee he would introduce a new version of the DATA Act. Last Friday, with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) on board as a cosponsor, he kept his promise. The new […]

Free NASA Console Video Game, Justice Sues Telecom for not Providing Customer Information, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: Senator Al Franken suggested that  Congress may need to pass legislation limiting the way government agencies and private companies use facial recognition technology. More here. Obama administration officials opposed Digital Accountability and Transparency Act after it was approved by the House of Representatives. More here. The Intelligence Advanced […]