Information the government wants to keep secret gets leaked to a reporter. A sensational story appears. The administration thinks there was a national security breach. It goes after the telephone records of the news organization. We’ve heard this story before. The latest version is playing now at the Justice Department and Associated Press.
Michael Sussmann partner in the Privacy and Security group Perkins Coie
Revelations that the Justice Department tracked phone calls of Associated Press reporters remind us the government is watching. But collecting phone records is old-school. Various media reports suggest the White House is considering expanding wiretap laws so that law enforcement can eavesdrop on Internet communications. Online chats and Voice-over-Internet-protocol services, like Skype, are of particular interest. Joining us to discuss the prospect is privacy-and-data-security lawyer Michael Sussmann.
Steve Kousen vice president and technology executive Unisys
The National Archives and Records Administration has a big granite building right smack in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue. With columns each weighing 95 tons. But the whole thing has moved up to the cloud. Now, 4,500 NARA employees are using cloud e-mail and other applications, the latest agency to move to cloud computing.
From Our Reporters
In the year since the Office of Management and Budget released the Digital Government Strategy, agencies have slowly begun to change. Topping that effort with the new open government executive order and memo released last week, and federal chief information officer Steven VanRoekel says the government is ready to unleash the potential of data. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Millerexplains why VanRoekel is so optimistic.
DoD has learned several times that its original security approval process for mobile devices wasn’t up to the task. By the time handhelds worked their way through the bureaucracy, they were off the market. This week brought a change to that dynamic though. DoD issued a formal security approval, known as a STIG, for Samsung Knox, a hardened version of Android, before the mobile operating system even reached the marketplace. John Hickey is the mobility program manager for the Defense Information Systems Agency. He talked with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu about how the department pulled off the quick approval.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-9 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.