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Cyber Threats Will Keep Coming if Public and Private Sectors Don't Collaborate, Says DHS Cyber Exec

May 12, 2015 Public-private partnerships are the key to robust national cybersecurity, according to Peter Fonash, chief technology officer for the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Communications Office. Still, they're unlikely to happen until both sectors can communicate better. Cyber breaches have been getting worse over the years, Fonash said during a...

Post-Snowden, NSA Crafts New Plan to Protect National Secrets

May 11, 2015 In the aftermath of Edward Snowden's revelations, the National Security Agency has "reached a point where a single individual can cause catastrophic harm," said NSA's first chief risk officer, Anne Neuberger. Named CRO last September, Neuberger described the philosophy behind NSA's nascent risk management framework during a conference in Washington...

OMB Releases Guidelines for Government Spending Data

May 8, 2015 The Office of Management and Budget is trying to make federal spending data easier to interpret. OMB has released a new framework for federal agencies reporting their spending -- standard definitions for financial terms, among other elements -- as part of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014. The...

This Startup Wants Mothers and Daughters to Hack Together

May 8, 2015 This Mother’s Day weekend, one tech education startup hopes girls will consider an alternative activity for mother-daughter bonding: coding lessons. General Assembly, which offers coding classes to entrepreneurs, is hosting a Mother-Daughter Hack day at its office in Washington on Saturday, May 9. Girls in fifth through eight grades are...

Many Projects in Pentagon’s Emerging Tech Program Still Stuck in Development

May 7, 2015 A Defense Department program that funds emerging technology development isn’t actually transitioning enough of that technology out of the research phase, a new Government Accountability Office report suggests. By the end of the 2014 solicitation, DOD’s “Rapid Innovation Program” will have awarded contracts for about 435 projects, after receiving 11,000...

Committee Approves Plans for DHS Social Media Group

May 6, 2015 The Department of Homeland Security might soon be hiring Twitter experts. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday passed a bill that directs DHS to establish a Social Media Working Group to assess how the technology can be used in disaster response. The Social Media Working Group...

By Infusing Government Services with Tech, Sweden Aims to Bolster Social Welfare and Democracy

May 6, 2015 In Sweden, some taxpayers bypass the paperwork, instead authorizing their payment on their smartphones with a single click. When searching for jobs, citizens are directed to the iTunes or Google Play store and encouraged to download a job search app called Platsbanken, developed by the national employment agency. A nationwide...

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Government’s Own Venture Capitalist

May 6, 2015 Nagesh Rao is living in the future—10, sometimes 15 years out. He’s on the lookout for small businesses on the verge of uncovering big tech trends. He doesn’t care about the next hot smartphone app. Instead, he’s searching for emerging technology that could transform industries—clean energy, life sciences, transportation, among...

Lawmaker Wants to Connect More Federal Buildings to the Internet of Things

May 5, 2015 Federal buildings may be the newest "smart" entities to join the Internet of Things, if a recently introduced Senate bill gains traction. Last month, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., introduced legislation encouraging more federal agencies to embrace new technologies -- digital air conditioning units that can be controlled and monitored remotely...

Senators Beg Techies To Bring Congress Into 21st Century

May 4, 2015 Addressing a room full of young volunteers at Google's office in Washington, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., weren't asking for votes -- they were asking for tech help. Congressional proceedings are "pretty old school" and low tech, Thune said in remarks. Legislative amendments are often proposed by...