USDA announces more funding for rural broadband in states, territories

More than $190 million in advanced communication infrastructure, including broadband, is headed to several states and territories, the Agriculture Department announced Wednesday.

House science committee to examine NSF grant to study Twitter activity

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will investigate a nearly $1 million grant the National Science Foundation awarded to a project that looks to decipher how online interactions affect popular sentiment, specifically on Twitter.

NextGen plan cites funding as ongoing concern

As the Federal Aviation Administration continues to attempt to roll out the Next Generation Air Transportation System, the latest joint implementation plan released by the agency said that without any changes to the current trajectory, the project will be funded fully.

White House unveils executive order to strengthen financial security

In the wake of major credit card breaches at Target, Home Depot and J.P. Morgan over the past year, a new executive order from President Barack Obama will require consumer-facing federal agencies to upgrade their point of sale terminals to a more safe, encrypted technology by the start of 2015.

Getting to yes: Tech firms fly into UAS debate

Amazon Prime Air, Google X, GoPro and several drone manufacturers have joined forces as part of the Small UAV Coalition to try to get the FAA to move faster on testing and integration of drones into the national airspace system.

FAA develops updated NextGen rollout plan with industry support

After weeks of concerns regarding the rollout of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Next Generation Air Transportation System, the agency announced an updated plan accelerating the system’s delivery over the next three years.

OMB grants DHS authority to scan agency networks

As the number of cyber intrusions increase, agencies have questioned who should monitor federal cybersecurity threats.

GPO’s email switch a ‘gateway’ to the cloud, CIO Riddle says

The Government Printing Office announced Tuesday it plans to move its internal email system to the cloud. The move represents GPO’s latest efforts to virtualize its operations.

Customs drones spent 80 percent of time in border, coastal areas

U.S. Customs and Border Protection drones spent more than 80 percent of their time in border and coastal areas.

Congress.gov moves out of beta, adds new features

More than two years after the Library of Congress’ clearinghouse for all things U.S. federal legislative information launched, Congress.gov is finally moving out of its beta stage.

The DATA Act journey is just beginning

More than four months after President Barack Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 into law, discussion has only just begun on how the administration plans to put the law into practice.

OMB ignores GAO’s software licensing recommendations

Following a report released by the Government Accountability Office in May that said federal agencies need better software licensing management, a new GAO report released last week found that all but three heeded the suggestions.

Drones actually are coming to a movie set near you

In early June, the Motion Picture Association of America filed a request with the Federal Aviation Administration to use small unmanned aircraft systems while filming movies. Thursday, the Transportation Department granted its request.

Postal Service strives to innovate despite 4th straight Treasury default

The United States Postal Service will default on a more than $5.5 billion prefunding payment to the U.S. Treasury, according to the agency’s chief financial officer.

New DHS headquarters ‘a monument to mismanagement’

Two prominent House Republicans reprimanded the Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration last week for mismanaging the construction of the new DHS headquarters facility, which officials say is more than $1 billion over budget and not expected to be completed for another 12 years.

Agencies shine in new Twitter handbook for government and elections

Citing examples from several departments and agencies, Twitter released a guide for government and elections usage last week, covering the basics from what the social media network is and how to compose a tweet to more complex topics like live-tweeting events, constituent engagement and Twitter question and answer sessions.

White hat hackers try breaching Healthcare.gov, find ‘critical vulnerabilities’

White hat hackers within the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General set out to test the integrity of Healthcare.gov security earlier this year and found critical vulnerabilities, according to an IG report released Tuesday.

GAO: More effort needed to protect consumer financial data

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with a statement from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  A Government Accountability Office report released Monday calls for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to better protect the massive amount of data the agency collects. The report states the three-year-old agency has taken appropriate measures to meet Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements and appropriately scans for problems and vulnerabilities, but “additional efforts are needed in several areas to reduce the risk of improper collection, use, or release of consumer financial data.” Among the improvements GAO calls for are comprehensive written documentation of…

Healthcare.gov hearing reveals user data was disclosed

The recent breach a Healthcare.gov test server might not have put users’ personal information at risk, but a congressional oversight hearing Thursday revealed that early glitches during the site’s launch did.

GAO questions Healthcare.gov security on eve of major hearing

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has not done enough to secure Healthcare.gov and the personal information belonging to millions of Americans stored on the system remains at unnecessary risk, a new government audit revealed.

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