The federal government’s cybersecurity policy has reached a crossroads, and the upcoming presidential transition is an opportunity to take a long, hard look in the mirror, and decide how to move forward.
The Commerce Department is opening an online library of economic data. Commerce is partnering with the European Commission to stand up the open source tool, which will use R programming language to make it easier for people to search and organize the data based on their search.
The National Technical Information Service is getting ready to announce the names of private sector organizations chosen to help agencies meet their mission using big data.
The Cancer Moonshot initiative is increasingly relying on open data to link patients with treatments, but with that data sharing come questions of how best to protect confidential and personal information.
Few American cities are blanketed in smog any more. But just because New York isn’t Beijing doesn’t mean there’s no room to improve air quality. That’s why the EPA is launching a challenge to cities and towns across the country to develop plans for using air quality sensors in a big data sort of way. Robin Thottungal, the EPA’s chief data scientist and director of analytics, joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
What really happens during presidential transitions? For a view of how to make transition more open and transparent, as part of our continuing series, Tracking the Transition. Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to Alex Howard, senior analyst at the Sunlight Foundation.
The Department of Health and Human Services stood up its Idea Lab in 2013 to establish and build on a culture of innovation within the department.
Legislators came out strongly in favor of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) in the 2017 spending bills.
The new DHS program helps researchers collect data sets and test scenarios for potential cyber-related infrastructure events.
The Coalition for Government Procurement wrote a letter to GSA senior procurement executive Jeff Koses asking for a delay in the Transactional Data Reporting pilot.
A new policy from the Office of Management and Budget sets agencies on a path toward sharing new, custom-developed source code across government. The goal is to cut back on the $6 billion agencies spend annually on new software.
The Government Accountability Office says the implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act needs improvement, as the Treasury Department works to finalize a system to collect agency data and make sure it is in the same format.
Full implementation of the DATA Act is at risk if the Treasury Department and Office of Management and Budget don’t start keeping better tabs on agencies and their spending reports, says the Government Accountability Office.
Ivor D’Souza, the chief information officer of the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine, said an interagency effort to cut the time it takes to connect the dots during an outbreak is paying off.
The Freedom of Information Act just turned 50. Journalists, lawyers and others are largely applauding the new FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, which President Barack Obama signed into law at the end of June. But there’s still a lot more work to be done to improve the way agencies give information to the public. Open government experts say agencies need more help from Congress to create a culture of openness and transparency. Federal News Radio’s Nicole Ogrysko offers more on the subject on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.