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APIs are king, says ODNI official

Application programming interfaces aren't the only the thing agencies should be focused on with mobility efforts, but they should be a core part of the approach, says Pamela Wise-Martinez, senior strategic enterprise architect at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

ODNI counsel calls for stop to overclassification in wake of Snowden leaks

The intelligence community needs to move beyond simply reacting to formal requests to make information public and be more proactive about making as much information public as possible, said Office of the Director of National Intelligence General Counsel Robert Litt.

U.S. tech companies knew of NSA digital surveillance, says NSA attorney

American technology companies were not ignorant of National Security Agency surveillance of digital content transmitted through their services, a top National Security Agency official said Wednesday.

FICAM to be applied to the secret network

Identity management standards designed for federal unclassfied systems will be tailored for use on secret networks, with full implementation planned for September 2018. With only minor adjustments, FICAM is just as suitable for the secret fabric,  said  a March 5 blog post from the Information Sharing Environment.

IARPA seeks algorithm to measure trustworthiness

In its first ever challenge contest, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is seeking to use data to measure the trustworthiness of individuals.

FISC approves Obama's surveillance reforms

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved two proposals from President Obama to reform surveillance programs Feb. 5. The National Security Agency will now be allowed to query the telephony metadata it collects only following a court finding that reasonable, articulable suspicion exists that the telephone number is associated with an international terrorist group. Previously, it was up to the NSA to decide if its suspicion was reasonable and articulable. President Obama proposed the change during a speech Jan. 17.

Holder: Not stopping terrorism doesn't mean telephony metadata not useful

Whether or not the intelligence community's bulk storage of telephony metadata has actually prevented a terrorist attack shouldn't be the only metric by which the program's efficacy should be measured, said Attorney General Eric Holder.

New White House open government plan looks good on paper, say transparency advocates

The final version of a new White House open government action plan is substantially expanded from a recently circulated  preliminary draft  – although many of the actions called for in the plan aren't new initiatives.

ODNI official: Transparency will be slow, difficult

"The intelligence community is not designed and built for transparency. We're designed and built for the opposite," said Alexander Joel, the ODNI's civil liberties protection officer. He spoke on a panel at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies Dec. 4.

Proposed security clearance regulation inadequate in current form, says GAO official

A regulation jointly proposed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Office of Personnel Management to update the position-designation process is inadequate, said a Government Accountability Office official. The proposed regulation is "a good step" toward meeting GAOs recommendations for updating security clearance issuance at agencies,  said  Brenda Farrell, director of defense capabilities and management at GAO. However, implementation guidance still needs to be developed.