President Obama Releases Cybersecurity Review

UPDATE 6/4 – USACM issued this press release outlining its comments on the cybersecurity review. USACM Chair Eugene Spafford noted that while “the President hit many of the right notes in his remarks” the report missed “any emphasis on funding, tools or support for better law enforcement” as well as any discussion of research. ORIGINAL […]

Federal Advisory Board Recommends Updates to Nation’s Privacy Policies

The Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) recently released a report to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the need to update the nation’s privacy policies. Since the Privacy Act of 1974, there has been little or no government-wide guidance on privacy. Individual agencies have been responsible for the […]

Federal Advisory Board Recommends Updates to Nation's Privacy Policies

The Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) recently released a report to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the need to update the nation’s privacy policies. Since the Privacy Act of 1974, there has been little or no government-wide guidance on privacy. Individual agencies have been responsible for the […]

White House To Try Online Brainstorming for Open Government

One of the earliest official actions of the Obama Administration was to issue a memorandum requesting a set of recommendations to inform an Open Government Directive. USACM has expressed interest in technical principles and standards that would support such an effort, and released a set of recommendations to that effect. In late May the White […]

Education Policy Hill Briefing Highlights Computer Science Education

A Hill briefing co-sponsored by the ACM Education Policy Committee, with the support of the House STEM Education Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus covered the challenges and successes of computer science education at the K-12 level. The well-attended event (approximately 70 people) showcased a pilot program in the Los Angeles Unified School District that […]

NITRD Bill Amended to Increase Emphasis on Computer Science Education

Today the House passed by voice vote H.R. 2020, which is a bill to amend the High Performance Computing Act. Part of this law establishes the National Information Technology Research and Development Program, or NITRD. NITRD helps coordinate national efforts in computer science and information technology through strategic planning and other coordinating activities. The new […]