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5 Things the Tech Industry Wants the Next President to Do

June 18, 2015 The next president should institute a National Innovation Foundation to help commercialize promising new technology; create a White House Office of Innovation Review to make sure government regulations aren’t hindering tech development; and boost federal funding for science and engineering research by at least $30 billion a year. Those are...

Dot-govs Score Points for Protecting Privacy but Poor Email Authentication Remains An Issue

June 17, 2015 Federal websites score high in privacy protection but get dinged on poor email authentication, according to a newly released report examining website security in both the government and the private sector. Almost half of dot-govs evaluated have failed to adopt adequate email authentication technologies, in particular those that help stop...

EPA Releases Mapping Tool Tracking 'Environmental Justice' Across US

June 16, 2015 A new mapping tool from the Environmental Protection Agency allows state and local government officials, researchers and advocates and to pinpoint communities facing particular environmental risks. Almost 75 percent of housing units in downtown Washington, D.C., have potential lead paint exposure, and the area’s in close proximity to a lot...

Preventative Cyber Measures Require More than the Mere 'Whodunit'

June 12, 2015 Preventing cyberattacks through information sharing between the public and private sectors should involve more than the simple whodunit, according to a recently released study by the RAND Corporation. The information shared should include how the company’s digital defenses were breached to discover how such an attack could be prevented in...

How did Estonia Become a Global Leader in Digital Government?

June 11, 2015 Quick, think of the most digital-friendly government in the world? If Estonia's didn't immediately pop into your head, then listen up. The tiny European nation was the first country to permit online voting more than a decade ago, and it has consistently led the way in digital signatures and online...

Agencies Spend Big on Cloud This Year

June 10, 2015 Federal agencies expect to spend at least $400 million more on cloud computing this year than last. The expected bump would bring the year's total cloud computing spending to $2 billion and illustrates the heightened attention the federal government is paying to cloud, according to a recently released report by...

EPA CIO Wants her Tech Team to Take Smart Risks

June 9, 2015 The Environmental Protection Agency’s Chief Information Officer Ann Dunkin bid farewell to the private sector more than six years ago. But her decades-long career there left its mark. Today, she’s still preaching the benefits of agile and nimble practices to her employees and encouraging them to take risks -- albeit...

Homeland Security Radio Silence Persists

June 8, 2015 More than two years ago, an inspector general audit discovered radio silence between the many components of the Department of Homeland Security. Today, little has changed. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the department spent $430 million on radios to facilitate communication between each of its components...

State Department Needs a Science and Technology Tune Up, Report Says

June 3, 2015 Science and technology remain undervalued in the State Department despite their increasingly important role in diplomacy, according to a National Research Council report released Tuesday. The two disciplines have a growing influence on everything from international economic development to combating hostile governments, so they should also play a key role...

NSA Creates 'CareerBuilder' for Spies

June 1, 2015 The National Security Agency is building a one-stop digital hiring portal for the entire intelligence community. Between stiff competition with the private sector and hiring processes that can sometimes last a year or more, the intelligence community has been working on a steep incline when it comes to attracting top...