Track Federal IT Spending Online

Chief Technology Officer Vivek Kundra unveiled the IT Dashboard yesterday. The focus of this website is providing detail on all information technology investments by the various federal agencies. It’s a graphics-intensive effort, with charts and graphs at your disposal to help examine individual projects, individual agencies, and comparisons across projects and agencies.

What’s covered by the website, according to the FAQ:

The IT Dashboard displays data received from agency reports to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), including general information on over 7,000 Federal IT investments and detailed data for nearly 800 of those investments that agencies classify as “major”.

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – June 2009 (Vol. 52, No. 6)

Here are some items in the June issue of Communications of the ACM that have policy relevance. As always, much of the content in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may require a subscription or fee the next. You need to be a member of ACM or subscriber to CACM to access such content online.


Micromedicine to the Rescue, Don Monroe

A description of how potential advances in targeted drug delivery can be facilitated through molecular-scale computing.

Content Control, Leah Hoffman

Notes on advances in access control technology, one means of combatting intellectual property theft.
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USACM Selects Final Council Members

As part of its elevation from committee to council, USACM recently completed elections for at-large seats on its Council. The voting members of the Council are the USACM Chair, any Co-Chairs, the ACM President or President’s Designee, Chairs of all Subcommittees, and six At Large members.

The full membership of USACM Council is as follows:

  • Eugene Spafford (USACM Chair)
  • Annie Antón (USACM Vice-Chair)
  • Edward Felten (USACM Vice-Chair)
  • Bill Aspray (At Large)
  • Charles Brownstein (Former USACM Chair)
  • Lorrie Cranor (At Large)
  • Jeremy Epstein (At Large)
  • Stuart Feldman (ACM Past President/President’s Designee), ex officio
  • Juan Gilbert (At Large)
  • Andrew Grosso (Law Subcommitee Chair)
  • Harry Hochheiser (Accessibility Subcommittee Chair)
  • Jim Horning (At Large)
  • Paul Hyland (Intellectual Property Subcommittee Chair)
  • Douglas W. Jones (Voting Subcommitee Chair)
  • Jeanna Matthews (SIG Representative)
  • David Robinson, (Open Govenrment Subcommittee Chair)
  • Bobby Schnabel (Chair, Education Policy Committee), ex officio
  • Stuart S. Shapiro (Secuirty and Privacy Subcommittee Chair)
  • Barbara Simons (Former USACM Chair)
  • Ollie Smoot (At Large)
  • Emil Volcheck (SIG Representative)
  • John White (ACM CEO), ex officio
  • Cameron Wilson (ACM Director of Public Policy), ex officio

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 15

June 16


The Research and Science Education and the Technology and Innovation Subcommittees of the House Science and Technology Committee will hold a joint hearing on agency responses to the recent cybersecurity review. Witnesses include personnel from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute for Standards and Technology, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security.
2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn Building


The Department of Health and Human Services’ Health IT Policy Committee will meet. The public can participate via web or audioconference. Click the link for more details.
10 a.m., 200 Independence SW,

June 18


The Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on behavioral advertising.

House Science and Technology Committee Starts Hearings on Cybersecurity

On June 10 the Research and Science Education subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee held a hearing on cybersecurity. This is the first of three planned hearings prompted by the Obama Administration’s recent cybersecurity review. On June 16 the Research and Science Education subcommittee will hold a hearing with the Technology and Innovation subcommittee on the Administration’s review, and on June 25, the Technology and Innovation subcommittee will hold a hearing focusing on efforts at the Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The witnesses for the June 10 hearing were:

    Seymour Goodman – professor of international affairs and computing, and co-director, Information Security Center and Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Liesyl Franz – vice president, Information Security and Global Public Policy, TechAmerica

    Anita D’Amico – director, Secure Decisions Division, Applied Visions

    Fred Schneider – professor of computer science, Department of Computer Science, Cornell University

    Timothy Brown – vice president and chief architect, CA Security Management

Both Drs. Goodman and Schneider are members of USACM.

You can access the webcast and related hearing materials. online.
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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – May 2009 (Vol. 52, No. 5)

Here are some items in the May issue of Communications of the ACM that have policy relevance. Remember, much of the material in CACM is considered premium content, and what may be free content during the month of the issue might slip behind a password wall. You will need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM in order to access this material online.

The May issues featured the first series of excerpts from Blog@CACM, where 13 bloggers regularly write on a variety of issues. The associated blogroll includes the ACM Tech Policy Weblog.


Matchmaker, Matchmaker, David Essex

A short update on the state of computational advertising, the algorithms that help place advertisements, which has policy implications with respect to privacy of consumer information.


Law and Technology
The Network Neutrality Debate Hits Europe, Pierre Larouche

The author provides the European perspective on the network neutrality debate, noting the different policy issues and technical constraints that make that debate different from what is happening in the United States.
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CFP Panel on Voting and the Internet

Yesterday, during the Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference (CFP), USACM coordinated a panel to speak on voting and using the internet. It was chaired by Ed Felten of Princeton, who is also Vice-Chair of USACM. The panelists where Amy Bjelland and Craig Stender from the State of Arizona, Susan Dzieduszucka-Suinat of the Overseas Vote Foundation, Avi Rubin from Johns Hopkins University, and Alec Yasinsac from the University of South Alabama. I’ll dispense with an effort to summarize the panel and the discussion, and refer everyone to Ed Felten’s blog entry on the panel, over at Freedom to Tinker.
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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 13.5 (June 4, 2009)


[1] Newsletter Highlights
[2] ACM Co-sponsors Hill Briefing on Computer Science Education
[3] USACM Elevated to Council Status in ACM
[4] Congress Moves to Strengthen Computer Science Education
[5] Obama Administration Releases Cybersecurity Review
[6] Obama Administration Puts Open Government Blog Online
[7] Advisory Board Urges Updates to US Privacy Policies
[8] About USACM

[An archive of all previous editions of Washington Update is available at]
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