These are the stories readers gobbled up this year.
The year 2016 was a tumultuous one, with a news cycle that featured some concerning government hacks, amazing tech innovations and a contentious presidential election. Here is the Nextgov coverage that resonated the most with our readers:
The Office of Personnel Management prepped for a pilot program to automatically track the social media accounts and postings of anyone applying for a security clearance. The agency looked for companies that can automatically browse “publicly available electronic information."
Earlier in the year during the presidential campaign, two House Democrats questioned the Department of Homeland Security about its monitoring techniques for protecting Donald Trump and the citizens who attended his rallies.
A new online portal, developed in part by the Human and Health Services Department, would let scientists access vast amounts of genomic data from patients involved in heart, lung, blood and sleep research studies.
The bipartisan House Rapid DNA Act proposed to let police in the field—not just technicians in a lab—quickly test genetic material. This change would hopefully help law enforcement clear innocent people and detain criminals such faster.
The federal weather satellite program suffered 10 data breach incidents over the course of one year. A congressional auditor discovered this included unauthorized access of probes by adversaries.
The FBI proposed a measure to prevent citizens from knowing whether their information, which includes fingerprints and facial scans, is held in a repository of biometric records. The FBI believes the release of information could potentially compromise law enforcement investigations.
Earlier this year, an Edward Snowden biopic promised to tell the true story of what happened at the National Security Agency. What did an actual NSA official think? "The film was grossly incorrect technically," said Chris Inglis, NSA's deputy director at the time of Snowden's disclosure.
DHS asked for an extra $1 million in 2017 to develop a public service campaign to increase awareness of online threats.
The Office of Personnel Management awarded Imperatis Corp. a sole-source contract in June 2014 to strengthen OPM's cyber defenses. The company has since stopped working on the project, citing financial problems.
While the internet has reached everywhere across the globe, Northern Virginia is the central region of the internet's backbone. It's where Amazon Web Services first set up shop.