Big data poses a serious risk to consumer privacy and challenges corporations to responsibly handle security –two issues that need prompt attention and policy development from the White House, recommends a May 1 report (pdf) from the White House on big data.
Bipartisan legislation designed to bring greater transparency, consistency and accuracy into federal government spending through the use of strong, uniform open data standards is headed to President Obama for his signature.
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.
The Office of Management and Budget are pushing forward with a modernized security clearance process plan that will include continuous evaluation of federal employees and contracts after they've gained security clearance, said OMB Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert.
The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act took another step toward enactment into law after the Senate passed the bill unanimously Thursday. After it passed, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a statement in support of the Senate version, calling it a compromise supported by leaders from both parties in both chambers.
The Office of Management and Budget needs a funding bump in fiscal 2015 because of increased responsibility and low staffing levels, OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell told House appropriators Wednesday. President Obama requested $93.5 million for OMB – a 4.5 percent increase over fiscal 2014 enacted – as well as the addition of 10 new full time employees.
Confusion over which responsibilities for federal cybersecurity policy reside in the Office of Management and Budget rather than in the Homeland Security Department isn't helping federal networks be more secure, a witness told a Senate panel.
On Oct. 1, at the start of fiscal 2014, the number of federal personnel deemed eligible for security clearances topped 5.1 million. The number of individual deemed eligible has risen during each of the past two years. Even though the number of cleared contractors has dropped, the growth among federal employees has more than made up for it.
The Defense Department will implement continuous and random background checks of people who hold security clearance in the wake of reports released Tuesday that said Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was able to keep his clearance despite troubling behavior throughout his career.
The Office of Management and Budget plans to revamp its TechStat agency information technology oversight methodology, said Beth Corbet, deputy director for management at OMB.