Government scientists have gained more whistleblower protection and freedom to express personal opinions under the Obama administration, but most agencies still do not give scientists access to drafts and final revisions in which their work played a part, a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists found .
David Hale, project manager of Pillbox , a National Library of Medicine open government initiative, said commercial apps available to the public often are "emotionally satisfying as well as useful," and "even if citizens don't expect government apps to be at that same level, honestly, they're still a little disappointed when they don't get it."
Federal agencies have four months to develop policies to address the impact of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in the workplace, including support plans for workers affected by such violence.
More than a dozen consumer and civil liberties groups sent a letter to the Obama administration urging the United States to support Europe's efforts to update and strengthen privacy legislation while decrying an "unprecedented lobbying campaign" by the U.S. government and industry to limit the protections that the proposed European Union data protection directive would provide.
President Obama announced Jan. 16 executive actions and a legislative agenda that he and his administration will pursue in response to gun violence."If America worked harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown. That's what these reforms are designed to do," the president said in a Jan. 16 speech.
Public funding for research into gun violence has dwindled since the mid-1990s, as a result of pressure from the gun lobby, says a new report from Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The advocacy group released the report Jan. 14 to mark one month after the Sandy Hook school shooting.
Amid a particularly severe and early flu season, the General Services Administration is reminding the public that there are government apps available to help people deal with the flu outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's FluView app helps track flu-like illness activity around the country so users can monitor outbreaks in their local area. Users can view trends over several weeks.
Although spores can be re-aerosolized after settling following an attack based on dispersing anthrax through the air, evidence suggests that risks associated with such secondary exposure are lower, says guidance published in September by the Homeland Security Department.
The Centers for Disease Control plans to develop a new mobile application that mines health data, according to a $285,000 contract award announced Oct. 15.
The Obama administration will issue in November more "robust and thorough" requirements for using application program interfaces, as required by the Digital Government Strategy, said a General Services Administration official during a July 19 webinar hosted by the GSA's DigitalGov University .