Earlier this week, lawsuits prompted the Justice Department to release more documents on the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. David Greene is a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It’s one of the groups that sued for the documents’ release.
A dozen years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the threat of another massive attack has receded. National security experts worry more about lone wolves, or the less-coordinated but still deadly jihadist group. In a new report, the Bipartisan Policy Center argues we are not as safe as we should be from terrorism. For one thing, the national security apparatus answers to too many bosses. Former CIA operative Mike Hurley co-authored that report.
Keith Kupferschmid General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Intellectual Property Software and Information Industry Association
The IRS’ inspector general says the agency has been lax in managing its software licenses. Sometimes it’s using more copies than it has the licenses for. Other times, it runs fewer and throws money down the drain. Nearly every agency runs that risk. Keith Kupferschmid is general counsel and senior vice president for intellectual property at the Software and Information Industry Association. He discusses best practices for managing software licenses.
The General Services Administration is getting out of the human resources and payroll shared service provider business. The decision comes as the Obama administration is applying more pressure on agencies to share resources. Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller has details on GSA’s decision and what it means for the shared services initiative.
Andrew Rabens Special Adviser for Youth Engagement State Department
Federal News Radio has been taking a look at the federal employees nominated for the annual Service to America Medal. It’s a prestigious career-achievement award. In today’s Sammies segment, this federal employee led an initiative to engage young leaders from the Middle East and Africa to learn about American Democracy. Andrew Rabens is the special adviser for youth engagement at the State Department’s Bureau of Near East Affairs.
Edward Snowden has become famous for leaking secret documents about NSA surveillance. He may have chutzpah but he also has good cyber chops. Officials now know he was able to cover his tracks by manipulating or deleting network logs. Logs may be obscure to most people, but they are teeming with information about what’s going on. With advice on how to manage logs is Eddie Schwartz, chief information security officer at the RSA Security Division of EMC.
The Pentagon is telling all military services and agencies that it’s time for them to stop running their own servers and software to provide email capabilities. Within the next few months, military components are required to come up with a plan to move to the DoD-wide enterprise email system. Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.
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Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-8 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. 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.