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Ben Berliner

Ben Berliner is a former editorial fellow at FCW. He is a 2017 graduate of Kenyon College, and has interned at the Center for Responsive Politics and at Sunlight Foundation.

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Digital Government

Mapping our changing coastline

Congress is looking to boost an ongoing project to aggregate U.S. coastal mapping data.

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Should Congress protect agricultural data?

Health and finanical information are subject to special treatment under the law -– and some experts are wondering if agricultural data should get similar protection.


OPM still plagued by cyber weaknesses, IG finds

An oversight report found the OPM was unready for its annual cyber audit, while the agency says that the CDM program will help mature its efforts.

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GPO director steps down

Davita Vance-Cooks resigned as director of the Government Publishing Office and is moving to the private sector.


Dems see opportunity on cyber

The moderate New Democrat Coalition is looking for bipartisan support for a cybersecurity agenda focused on public-private cooperation.

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Some states look to feds for help replacing old voting equipment

A group of Democratic lawmakers heard from advocates for federal help in refreshing obsolete voting tech.


Equifax breach drives legislative push on data privacy

A House bill sets a deadline for companies to notify customers of data breaches and expands categories of data information covered as sensitive.


House passes FITARA extension

The bill expands on the 2014 legislation to permanently authorize transparency and risk management in IT investments and extends the sunset dates of data center consolidation provisions.


House bill looks to secure IoT ecosystem

New legislation would improve security and oversight of connected devices.


Candidate to lead VA office pledges to push modernization

Agility and modernization are key priorities of the nominee to lead the VA's Office of Enterprise Integration.

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GPO names CIO

The Government Publishing Office tapped acting CIO Tracee Boxley for its top technology job.

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Can Congress put evidence-based policymaking into practice?

A bipartisan commission wants the government to use program data to determine whether policies work, but there are political barriers.

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LOC launches digital labs

The Library of Congress wants innovators to find new ways to explore and utilize the institution's vast digital collections.

Cybersecurity offers new login security for users

The Department of Veterans Affairs is authenticating users at via a new commercial standard as it seeks to transform the way vets access their services.


Walter Copan tapped to lead NIST

A former senior executive at the Brookhaven National Lab is President Trump's pick to lead the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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GAO: Feds lag in vehicle data policy

As more cars become connected and collect user data, agencies seek to define roles in safeguarding consumer data.


OMB needs to raise its streamlining game, GAO says

The congressional watchdog finds that the Office of Mangagement and Budget has not been keeping up with reporting requirements.


Unclassified ICITE on the horizon

The intelligence community's cloud-based computing platform is moving into more broadly accessible realms, according to the ODNI's top tech official.

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The future of prediction in an unpredictable world

Agility and prediction are not mutually exclusive in government decision-making, according to a new study.

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OPM CIO to resign

Dave DeVries, a longtime tech leader who moved from DOD to OPM to oversee a new background check system, is retiring from government.