The number of people holding security clearances for access to classified information decreased last year by about 12 percent or 635,000 people, says a recently released Office of the Director of National Intelligence report obtained by the Federation of American Scientists' Secrecy News blog.
As cyber attacks grow more sophisticated and persistent, the United States must be prepared for a cyber event of massive scale, said Director of National Intelligence James Clapper while delivering the Intelligence Community's "Worldwide Threat Assessment" to Congress.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence says media reports misconstrued its new policy for reviewing documents meant to be released to the public, but open government expert don't buy it. The new policy (pdf) simply combines two previous policies, ODNI says in a statement (pdf) obtained by Steven Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Scientists' project on government secrecy.
The number of federal security clearances issued and renewed dropped about 9 percent since 2011, an April 17 Office of the Director of National Intelligence report says. Security clearance approvals decreased in fiscal 2013 to about 777,000 from nearly 800,000 in fiscal 2012 and about 850,000 in fiscal 2011, the report (pdf) says.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In its first ever challenge contest, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is seeking to use data to measure the trustworthiness of individuals.
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.