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Congressman Wants U.S. to Part With Europe on Data Privacy

October 3, 2017 One tech-focused lawmaker thinks upcoming European data laws, which would force tech companies to occasionally delete customers’ information, are “ridiculous,” and hopes that the United States can find a system that maintains the data while protecting customers’ privacy. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., co-founded the Congressional Internet of Things Caucus, which...

Intel Exec: Internet of Things Isn’t Scaling As Fast As We Thought

October 3, 2017 Tech companies specializing in the internet of things need more of a boost from the U.S. government, according to one Intel executive. Over the past few years, market analysts have estimated that as many as 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. But those numbers, and...

What CIO Vacancies Mean For Modernizing Government

October 2, 2017 President Donald Trump’s new tech-themed White House team has made upgrading government technology a key talking point, but many federal agencies’ top technology positions remain unfilled and it’s unclear how quickly interim chief information officers can act. “Acting [tech leadership] is going to be reluctant to [make] a major shift...

Former Maryland CIO Steps in as OPM CIO

October 2, 2017 David Garcia, formerly the chief information officer for the state of Maryland, has taken the top tech spot at the Office of Personnel Management. Federal News Radio was the first to report the appointment. OPM confirmed the news to Nextgov. Garcia fills the spot vacated by Dave DeVries, who held...

Most Feds Like NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework

September 29, 2017 About 83 percent of federal employees and contractors said they support a governmentwide cybersecurity framework itemizing best practices, a survey found. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework, published in 2014, lists ways agencies can measure and manage their cyber hygiene and defines various technology terms including “authentication.”...

Startup-Friendly Bill Would Remove Visa Caps, Regulations For Entrepreneurs

September 28, 2017 A bipartisan group of senators wants to usher in a prosperous new era for domestic startups, and on Thursday introduced a wide-ranging bill that aims to make it easier to form new ventures. The Startup Act proposes to create 50,000 limited visas for foreign students who obtain advanced science, technology,...

OMB Data Guru: If Your Manager Doesn’t Get Open Data, Take Them To A Hackathon

September 28, 2017 Hackathons and data jams are creeping into the White House’s general technology strategy, an Office of Management and Budget analyst shared this week. Kristen Honey, a senior policy analyst within OMB’s Office of the Chief Information Officer, said exposing government managers to technology-themed meetups—including data jams in which people gather...

How U.S. Digital Service’s Login.gov Team Works With Other Agencies

September 27, 2017 The team working on Login.gov, a single authentication system that could let citizens access many government services online, has a staff dedicated to peddling that product to other agencies, according to Joel Minton, who directs login.gov. The Login.gov module is currently used by Customs and Border Protection for the CBP...

FDA Wants To Fast Track Health Products From Apple, Fitbit

September 27, 2017 Apple, Fitbit and Samsung could soon be cleared to sell digital health-related products without undergoing a rigorous federal approval process for each product. The Food and Drug Administration is running a pilot that would precertify certain companies to develop and sell health technology, shifting the focus to evaluating the manufacturers...

Pentagon Cuts Mobile Device Costs By Half

September 26, 2017 The Pentagon’s phone bills just got a lot cheaper. The Defense Information Systems Agency slashed the device rates from $7.50 a month per device to $4.30 for smartphones and tablets for used for unclassified purposes. Devices accessing classified networks will soon cost $59 a month, down from $130 a month...