Satellite imagery captured by NASA shows a key channel within the Northwest Passage to be almost entirely free of ice. An Aug. 3 photo released by the agency shows that open water dominates the Parry Channel--which connects Baffin Bay in the east with the Beaufort Sea in the west. Some ice "was still clinging to the shores of Victoria and Melville Islands," NASA says, but data from the Canadian Ice Service also shows ice coverage in the channel was below median in the weeks leading up to Aug. 3.
At NASA, mobile device management isn't about the devices at all, said Erna Beverly, enterprise applications service executive at the agency. "We took a lightweight approach to MDM via [mobile application management] and we're using an in-house developed, secure mobile access point and security services to address the security of the data, not the device," said Beverly Aug. 8, while speaking at the Federal Mobile Computing Summit in Washington, D.C.
Although NASA stood up a security operations center in November 2008 to centrally manage the detection and response to cyber attacks, that center does not currently monitor all NASA networks, says the agency's office of inspector general.
Customs and Border Protection should scrap plans to buy a $7 million aviation and logistics maintenance system in favor of simply adopting the Coast Guard's system, says the Homeland Security Department office of inspector general--a recommendation CBP officials reject. "When existing systems are available to meet CBP's needs, quickly purchasing a new IT system outside of DHS is not the proper response," say auditors.
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.
The White House is in the process of creating an open source version of its "We the People" online petition platform. The effort will fulfill one of its objectives under the National Action Plan it revealed as a member of the international Open Government Partnership.
Article authors wanted to use an Apache license and put the code on the Apache Software Foundation's hosting site, but they had to resolve issues such as the existence of a NASA-specific license and another license created by the JPL jointly with the California Institute of Technology, plus the fact that JPL also had its own code hosting site.
Setting up federal employee social media accounts "shouldn't be any different than giving them an email account," said Jason Townsend, deputy manager of NASA's social media team.
The federal government plans to close 196 data centers in fiscal 2013 according to newly-released figures posted May 11 to data.gov.
Senators also chide NOAA for cutting down on JPSS sensors, noting that the original plan for 13 has gone down to five. "NOAA is running out of sensors and satellites to cut, and at this rate JPSS-1 will launch in 2017 with an empty spacecraft bus," a Senate report states.