Census looks to improve website, increase digital presence

Two months after rolling out a new website to make data more accessible, the U.S. Census Bureau is continuing to revamp its online presence.

Has Google made NTIS irrelevant?

Before there was the Internet, there was the National Technical Information Service. But now that there is an Internet with virtually unlimited storage capacity and powerful search engines, some in Congress think it might be time to delete the NTIS from the list of top-level government domains.

NTIA’s Strickling: ICANN oversight transition won’t harm Internet

The U.S. government’s transition away from ICANN oversight does not spell doom and gloom for the Internet, Lawrence Strickling said in a speech Tuesday.

NIST investigates forensic challenges in the cloud

With complications performing forensics in the cloud in mind, the National Institute for Standards and Technology created a cloud computing forensic science working group to enumerate and explore the challenges distinct to the cloud. Monday, NIST released a draft of the challenges discovered by the working group for public consideration. While the draft briefly explores 65 issues NIST’s group found, working group co-chair Dr. Martin Herman, a senior advisor for Forensics and IT at NIST, said the list is in no way exhaustive — just a first look at a very big problem.

Pritzker announces Commerce chief data officer position

Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker announced Monday her department’s plans to hire its first ever chief data officer, an effort to expand its role as “America’s data agency.”

The future looks ‘foggy’ for cloud computing

You should familiarize yourself with “fog computing,” “cloudlets” and “cyberforaging.” The future of the cloud is coming.

Independent panel urges NIST to develop internal cryptography expertise

A group of outside experts recommend the National Institute of Standards and Technology hire more cryptographers and lessen its reliance on the National Security Agency for approving cryptographic algorithms, according to a report released Monday.

Anne Rung nominated for OFPP administrator

In an internal email to OMB employees, Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert said if confirmed by the Senate, Anne Rung, currently a senior adviser at the agency, would bring “a wealth of experience” to the position.

FedRAMP ready to move forward

Maria Roat, the director of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, already has “eight or nine initiatives” lined up over the next two years that are designed to help the cloud-standardization program reach maturity.

Privacy advocates call for NSA reorganization

Critics of the National Security Agency’s bulk metadata collection programs are turning their attention to the spy agency’s alleged role in undermining Internet security standards to gain access to networks and computers around the world and are now calling for a fundamental change in its mission.

Labor Department produces development kit for Apple’s Swift

That was fast. The Department of Labor has written an SDK for Apple’s Swift, which has only been available to the public for a month.

New concerns about cybersecurity workforce shortage in critical infrastructure sectors

The size and scale of the nation’s critical infrastructure requires “hundreds of thousands” of people to manage, operate and secure, said Chris Blask, chairman of the Industrial Control System Information Sharing and Analysis Center, during a webcast June 25 that explored the ability of the U.S. education system to produce a cybersecurity workforce to protect the nation. “We have to have enough people who understand these issues. Just having enough people to do the work is potentially an unsolvable problem,” Blask said.

The Big data initiative shines in surprising places

The Obama administration probably didn’t envision local hunting, fishing and boating commissions as examples of how the government can harness big data. Neither did Waldo Jaquith, director of the U.S. Open Data Institute, when the president asked the Office of Science and Technology Policy to study the power of big data in January. Yet, at a workshop held by OSTP last week, Jaquith spoke of hunting and fishing regulations as a shining example of where big data is headed. Jaquith was one of many public and private sector officials June 19 who attended a workshop at Georgetown University to discuss…

BlackBerry: We have the only mobile messaging software that meets FIPS standards

BlackBerry claims that BBM protected, its new mobile messaging system for enterprise, is the only one that meets the federal FIPS standards for encryption.

Census Bureau prepares for 2020

The Census Bureau is planning to use new, high-tech methods for collecting data from respondents on the ground during the 2020 census.

Cooper assumes Commerce CIO role

Steve Cooper, the former chief information officer at the Homeland Security Department, confirmed today he has been appointed to be the next CIO at the Commerce Department.

Cluster mapping website provides interactive look at economies

A new initiative from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the Harvard Business School will allow anyone to visualize economic clusters across the country and see how well, or not so well, an area’s economy is performing.

The 3 coolest things we saw at the SmartAmerica Expo

The Smart America expo highlighted 24 projects that are on the cutting edge of the Internet of Things, including system built to interact with robotic humans and live dogs.

State Department reels in a Fishackathon

Hackathons aren’t a new phenomenon in government: Groups of developers gather for a specified length of time to solve the world’s problems through coding. But a new initiative from the State Department will for the first time apply the hackathon concept to the problems facing the world’s oceans.

Patent and Trademark Office hosts IT career fair for Vets

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will host a career fair June 14 and 15 at its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, targeted toward veterans who are transitioning, or have recently transitioned, from active duty. The event is free and open to veterans seeking jobs in the federal IT realm, and they will have the opportunity to interview on site for vacancies at USPTO. The deadline to register is June 10.

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