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Nominations for 5th Annual FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

The FCC invites nominations for the 5th Annual FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility. The Chairman’s Awards aim to highlight and encourage innovation in accessible technologies, standards, and best practices that will benefit people with disabilities. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2016. Nominations can include a product, service, technology, or practice introduced [...]

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U.S. EAC Technical Guidelines Development Committee Will Meet on February 8-9

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s Technical Guidelines Development Committee will hold its next meeting on February 8-9 in Washington, D.C. The meeting will provide updates on the development of the next generation of voluntary voting system guidelines. The discussion will include cybersecurity, human factors, accessibility, interoperability, testing, standards setting, mapping state and federal requirements, and [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 1

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 Closed Hearing: Classified Hearing on the FISA Amendments Act House Judiciary Committee 10 am | 2141 Rayburn House Office Building Hearing: Status of the Public Safety Broadband Network House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology 10:15 am | 2322 Rayburn House Office Building Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Briefing: Broadband [...]

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National Academies Communication Awards Nominations Due February 8

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting nominations for its 2016 Communications Awards. The awards recognize individuals or teams who published innovative works during 2015 that help the public understand advances and issues in science, engineering, and/or medicine. Winners will be honored at a ceremony in the fall. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominations [...]

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USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee Meeting on February 4, 2016

The USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee will hold its next quarterly meeting on Thursday, February 4, 2016, from 9 am to 3:40 pm at the USPTO campus in Alexandria, Virginia. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting will also be available by webcast. Agenda items include: Patent reform legislation Patent quality and policy [...]

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ACM Applauds Computer Science for All Initiative

Statement by ACM President Alexander L. Wolf and ACM CEO Bobby Schnabel on US President Obama’s “Computer Science for All” Announcement ACM applauds U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic announcement of the Computer Science for All initiative. As the announcement states, computer science is a new basic skill necessary for economic opportunity and social mobility, and [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of January 11

Monday, January 11, 2016 House Floor: H.R. 653, FOIA Act The bill would require making requested information available in an electronic, publicly accessible format and the creation of a centralized portal for FOIA requests. Status: Passed by the House Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Hearing: A Legislative Hearing on Four Communications Bills House Energy and Commerce [...]

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USACM Comments on Regulations Governing Protection of Research Participants

USACM submitted comments on the proposed updates to the federal regulations for research involving human subjects. These regulations, known as the Common Rule, are used by multiple federal agencies. They have significance for computing professionals conducting behavioral, analytic, and clinical studies, especially in the subfields of computer security, information assurance, computer networks, computer-human interaction, accessibility, [...]

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New Education Law Recognizes Importance of Computer Science

ACM praised the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law as an important and historic step forward for K-12 education in the United States. The law recognizes computer science as one of the central subjects, along with reading and math, that students need for a well-rounded education. The law contains several education [...]

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FTC to Hold PrivacyCon on January 14

The FTC will hold PrivacyCon, a consumer privacy and security conference, on January 14 in Washington, D.C. The conference is intended for security researchers, academics, industry representatives, consumer advocates, and regulators. The event will be free and open to the public. A live webcast will be available. Expert panel and research presentations will address research [...]

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NIST Seeks Public Comments on the Cybersecurity Framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites public comments on how its voluntary Cybersecurity Framework is being used, possible updates, and options for the long-term governance and management of the Framework. Comments are due by February 9. The Framework, officially known as the “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” provides standards, methodologies, procedures, [...]

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ACM Sponsors Congressional Briefing on STEM Education and Public-Private Partnerships

The ACM Education Policy Committee joined the National Science Teachers Association, the American Chemical Society, the Afterschool Alliance, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Education Development Center to sponsor a congressional briefing on informal STEM education hosted by the STEM Education Coalition Policy Forum. The briefing, titled “Informal STEM Education 101: Public-Private Partnerships [...]

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DHS Invites Nominations for Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is accepting nominations for the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. Appointees will serve a three-year term and are not compensated. DHS anticipates appointing 17 people. Advisory Committee members are required to obtain and retain at least a secret-level security clearance as a condition of their appointment. Appointees [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of December 7

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 House Floor: H.R. 3578, DHS Science and Technology Reform and Improvement Act of 2015 The bill would strengthen the role of the Directorate of Science and Technology, establish a new Fellows Program, support cybersecurity research and development, and establish processes for coordination of research and development activities. Wednesday, December 9, 2015 [...]

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Celebrate Computer Science Education Week, December 7-13

Join ACM in celebrating Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) during December 7-13. ACM, as a partner of Code.org, invites you to host an Hour of Code in your community and give students an opportunity to gain the computing knowledge and skills needed for creating the technologies and inventions that are driving innovation, generating economic opportunities, [...]

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Nominate a White House Computer Science Education Champion of Change

The White House is accepting nominations of teachers, students, parents, and business leaders for recognition as White House Champions of Change in Computer Science Education. Nominations are due by December 18. Preference will be given to individuals who are expanding access to computer science, providing new creative learning experiences inside the classroom, and/or engaging students [...]

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USACM Submits Comments to White House on Revised Policy for Managing Federal IT

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council submitted comments to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on proposed changes to the policy document for the planning and management of federal information services. The document was last updated 15 years ago. The proposed changes would update the policy to support electronic transactions, cybersecurity, modern [...]

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NTIA to Host Next Cybersecurity Multistakeholder Forum on Vulnerability Research Disclosure on December 2

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will hold the next meeting of the cybersecurity multistakeholder process on vulnerability research disclosure on December 2 in Washington, D.C. The process aims to establish stakeholder consensus about high-level principles that will promote better collaboration among security researchers, vendors, and owners of products. The meeting will include presentations [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of December 1

Monday, November 30, 2015 House Floor: H.R. 3490 – Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act U.S. House of Representatives The bill would authorize the National Computer Forensics Institute to support information sharing and investigations related to cybercrime and cyber attacks. Update: The House approved the bill. It now goes to the Senate. Tuesday, [...]

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White House Seeks Public Comments on Revised Policy for Managing Federal IT

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is accepting public comments on proposed changes to the policy document for the planning and management of federal information services. The document was last updated 15 years ago. The changes would include supporting electronic transactions, cybersecurity, modern computing architectures, mobile technologies, cloud computing, and agile development [...]

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Jeffrey Forbes Named Chair of ACM Education Policy Committee

ACM, the world’s leading society of computing professionals, has named Jeffrey R.N. Forbes, an Associate Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at Duke University, as Chair of the ACM Education Policy Committee. Created in 2007, the ACM Education Policy Committee is a high-level committee of acclaimed computer scientists and educators dedicated to improving opportunities [...]

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NYSE Publishes Cybersecurity Guidance for Companies

The New York Stock Exchange and Palo Alto Networks released a free book, Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers. This handbook provides pragmatic information for CEOs, CISOs, lawyers, digital forensic experts, professors, researchers, and government officials on the best ways to avoid cyber breaches and how to prepare for, [...]

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U.S. Web Design Standards Released

The U.S. Digital Service and GSA 18F released new U.S. Web Design Standards to create harmonized user experiences across federal government websites. The effort is part of a larger policy agenda to expand access to government information, improve the delivery of online public services, manage public resources more effectively, and increase civic participation. The new [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 2

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 Hearing: TSA Security Gaps House Oversight and Government Reform Committee 10 am | 2154 Rayburn House Office Building Hearing: Examining the EU Safe Harbor Decision and Impacts for Transatlantic Data Flows House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology 10 am | 2123 Rayburn House Office Building Hearing: International Data [...]

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White House Holds National Strategic Computing Initiative Workshop

The White House held a two-day National Strategic Computing Initiative Workshop to bring together stakeholders from industry, academia, and federal agencies, laboratories, and research centers to discuss how to grow innovations in high performance computing (HPC). President Obama issued an Executive Order in July establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative. The technical workshop engaged stakeholders [...]

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STEM Education Act Becomes Law

Computer science education got a boost when President Obama signed the STEM Education Act into law. It includes computer science in the definition of STEM, strengthens formal and informal STEM education activities at specified federal agencies, and expands STEM teaching fellowship programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF). An accompanying Senate report explains that the [...]

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Congressional Innovation Fellowship Applications Due November 1

TechCongress, in partnership with the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, is accepting applications for its inaugural class of Congressional Innovation Fellows. This new nonpartisan program places Fellows in Congressional offices to help educate and inform policy leaders on issues related to technology, computing, and innovation. Applications must be submitted by November 1. [...]

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Congressional Briefing on the STEM Education Pipeline

The Council of Undergraduate Research, ACM, CRA, ASME, and ACS are sponsoring a Congressional briefing entitled, “Building a STEM Education Pipeline Aligned with Industry Needs: Perspectives from the Field,” on Tuesday, October 20, at noon in B-339 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The event is hosted by the STEM Education Caucus. Speakers: Dr. Nancy [...]

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Call for Nominations for ACM Policy Award

ACM is accepting nominations for the inaugural ACM Policy Award to honor the contributions of an individual, or a small group, who has had a significant impact on the formation or execution of public policy related to computing. The award is accompanied by a $10,000 prize. The achievement must represent a major policy innovation or [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of October 5

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 House Floor: H.R. 3510 – Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity Strategy Act of 2015, as amended U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday, October 7, 2015 Hearing: Ensuring Aviation Safety in the Era of Unmanned Aircraft Systems House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation 10 am | 2167 Rayburn House Office Building Hearing: [...]

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Call for Nominations to Serve on National Science Board

The National Science Board seeks nominations of candidates to serve 2016-2022. The National Science Board is a policy advisory body for the National Science Foundation. It also provides advice to Congress and the President on public policies related to research, education, and innovation in science, engineering, computing, and other STEM fields. Nominations are due by [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 28

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Hearing: Cybersecurity Policy and Threats Senate Armed Services Committee 9:30 am | G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building Hearing: Outside Perspectives on the Department of Defense Cyber Strategy House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities 10 am | 2118 Rayburn House Office Building Hearing: The Changing Landscape of U.S.-China Relations: [...]

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USACM Submits Comments to NIST on U.S. Participation in International Cybersecurity Standardization

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council, in collaboration with four other ACM entities, submitted comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on a draft interagency report advocating U.S. participation in international cybersecurity standardization. Because the cybersecurity infrastructure crosses international borders, cybersecurity policy must recognize and promote international cooperative action to build a [...]

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ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing

The new ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing challenges high school seniors in the United States to develop innovative solutions using their knowledge of computer science. Four winners will each be awarded $10,000 and a trip to an awards reception. Submissions should demonstrate ingenuity, complexity, relevancy, originality, and a desire to further computer science [...]

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FTC PrivacyCon 2016 – Call for Privacy and Security Research Presentations

The FTC invites presentation proposals on consumer privacy and security issues in the commercial sector for a privacy conference, PrivacyCon, to be held on January 14 in Washington, D.C. The conference is intended for security researchers, academics, industry representatives, consumer advocates, and regulators. The event will be free and open to the public. The FTC [...]

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ACM Policy Award Nominations Due November 30

ACM is accepting nominations for the inaugural ACM Policy Award to honor the contributions of an individual, or a small group, who has had a significant impact on the formation or execution of public policy related to computing. The award is accompanied by a $10,000 prize. The achievement must represent a major policy innovation or [...]

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NTIA to Host First Cybersecurity Multistakeholder Forum on Vulnerability Research Disclosure on September 29

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will hold the kickoff meeting for the new cybersecurity multistakeholder process on vulnerability research disclosure on September 29 at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. The process aims to establish stakeholder consensus about high-level principles that will promote better collaboration among security researchers, vendors, and owners [...]

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NTIA Drone Privacy Multistakeholder Forum to Convene on September 24

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will convene the second meeting of the multistakeholder process on drone privacy, transparency, and accountability on September 24. Stakeholders will continue discussions of how to organizationally and substantively approach important privacy issues related to the use of drones, known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A key goal of [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 14

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Hearing: Achieving the Promise of Health Information Technology: Improving Care Through Patient Access to Their Records Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee 10 am | 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building Hearing: Reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) Senate Judiciary Committee 10:15 am | 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building Friday, [...]

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NIST Invites Comments on U.S. Participation in International Cybersecurity Standards

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting public comments on a new interagency report advocating U.S. participation in international cybersecurity standardization. The report identifies four interrelated strategic objectives: (a) enhance national and economic security and public safety, (b) ensure standards and assessment tools are technically sound, (c) facilitate international trade, and (d) [...]

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In Memoriam: Joseph Traub

Computing pioneer Jospeh Traub passed away on August 24. ACM recognized him as an ACM Fellow in 1994 for his research on information-based complexity and parallel computing, for his contributions to U.S. science policy, and for his leadership in computing education. Traub founded the Computer Science and Technology Board (CSTB) of the National Research Council [...]

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President Obama Establishes National Strategic Computing Initiative

President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative to ensure the U.S. remains on the leading-edge of research, development, and deployment of high-performance computing. This government-wide strategic plan provides a framework for policy and funding priorities to increase U.S. leadership in computing power by leveraging the strengths of government, industry, and [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of August 3

Senate Floor: Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, S. 754 Legislation pertaining to the sharing of cybersecurity threat and vulnerability information between the public and private sectors. Monday, August 3, 2015 Briefing: The Internet Takes Flight: Commercial Drones and the Online Economy Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee Noon | 2226 Rayburn House Office Building Wednesday, August 5, [...]

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NTIA Multistakeholder Process on Drones: First Meeting on August 3

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will hold the first meeting of the new multistakeholder process on drone privacy, transparency, and accountability on August 3 from 1-5 pm Eastern Time. The goal of the multistakeholder process will be to produce a set of best practices for the commercial and private use of drones, known [...]

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EAC Election Data Summit on August 12-13

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will host an EAC Election Data Summit on August 12-13 at American University in Washington, D.C. The two-day summit will address “how good data can help elections run better.” The event is intended for election researchers, state and local government election officials, nonprofit organizations, and other interested stakeholders. Among [...]

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USACM Submits Comments to NIST on Privacy Risk Management for Federal Information Systems

USACM today submitted comments to NIST on the draft report, Privacy Risk Management for Federal Information Systems (NISTIR 8062). USACM supports NIST’s efforts to define a framework to help manage growing privacy risk in the processing of personal information in federal information technology systems. Among the comments, USACM recommends that NIST consider providing additional discussion [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 27

House Floor H.R. 2206, State Wide Interoperable Communications Enhancement Act H.R. 1634, Border Security Technology Accountability Act Tuesday July 28, 2015 Hearing: Continued Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology 10:15 am | 2322 Rayburn House Office Building Hearing: Promoting and Incentivizing Cybersecurity Best Practices House Homeland [...]

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USACM Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

On July 26, 2015, we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council joins the country’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, a landmark law that has promoted innovation in technology to empower the full participation of people with disabilities [...]

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NTIA Invites Participation in a New Cybersecurity Multistakeholder Process on Vulnerability Research Disclosure

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) invites businesses, organizations, and individuals to participate in a new cybersecurity multistakeholder process on vulnerability research disclosure. The process aims to leverage and build on existing multistakeholder cybersecurity efforts and to produce an actionable voluntary outcome, such as high-level principles that shape future policy and inform best practices. [...]

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NTIA Invites Participation in a New Multistakeholder Process on Drones

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) invites businesses, organizations, and individuals to participate in a new multistakeholder process on drone privacy, transparency, and accountability. The goal is to produce a set of best practices for the commercial and private use of drones, known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). President Obama called for the initiation [...]

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U.S. Department of Commerce Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Export Definitions Relevant to Cloud and Other Digital Services

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security is accepting public comments on proposed revisions to definitions in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The proposed rules contain a new provision relevant to cloud, email, and other third-party digital services. Comments are due by August 3. The rules recognize and clarify for the first [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General Announcements * Nominations for ACM Distinguished Member are due by August 3. Security * The U.S. Department of Commerce is accepting public comments on proposed revisions to definitions in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The revisions are relevant to encrypted transfers used in cloud and other digital services. Comments are due by August 3: [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 20

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Hearing: Protecting the Electric Grid from the Potential Threats of Solar Storms and Electromagnetic Pulse Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee 10 am | 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building Hearing: Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Exploring Barriers and Opportunities within Innovation Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee 10 am [...]

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NIST Seeks Public Comments on Privacy Risk Management Framework for Federal Information Systems

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting public comments on a draft report, Privacy Risk Management for Federal Information Systems, which describes a privacy risk management framework for federal information systems. The document describes privacy engineering objectives and a privacy risk model. Comments are due by July 31. Commentators are asked to [...]

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EAC Technical Guidelines Development Committee Will Meet July 20-21

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission announced the members of the renewed Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC). The Committee will hold its first meeting on July 20-21 at the NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland to begin the process of moving forward with the next generation of voluntary voting system guidelines. The 15-member advisory committee provides assistance [...]

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U.S. Government Needs Computer Scientists

In this month’s Communications of the ACM magazine, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Deputy Director Thomas Kalil and former OSTP Assistant Director for Robotics and Cyber Physical Systems Vijay Kumar urge computer scientists to come work in government as a way of advancing and shaping public policy in computing research and [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 13

Senate Floor: Every Child Achieves Act, S. 1177 Education legislation relevant to K-12 computer science courses and teachers. Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Hearing: Oversight of the United States Department of Homeland Security House Judiciary Committee 10 am | 2141 Rayburn House Office Building Advancing Commercial Weather Data: Collaborative Efforts to Improve Forecasts Part II House [...]

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Job Announcement: Technology Policy Analyst

Prestigious educational, scientific, not-for-profit society for computing professionals seeks a highly motivated Policy Analyst to support its policy and government affairs team. This full-time position in Washington, D.C. offers a great opportunity to work on substantive policy projects addressing leading and emergent policy issues, engage with prominent computing professionals, and interact with other policy professionals [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 6

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 Briefing: Informal STEM Education 101: A Briefing for Policymakers on the Basics of “What We Mean when We Talk about Informal STEM Education” STEM Education Coalition 2 PM | 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (RSVP to Coalition) Wednesday, July 8, 2015 Hearing: Encryption, Technology, and the Balance Between Public Safety and [...]

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NIST Seeks Public Comments on Improving Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection

NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is accepting public comments on a workshop report on improving cybersecurity and consumer protection. The workshop coincided with the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection. NIST has extended the deadline for public comments until July 17. Stakeholders are strongly encouraged to provide feedback on the priority [...]

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EAC Call for Nominations for Technical Guidelines Development Committee

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are accepting applications for four vacancies on the EAC Technical Guidelines Development Committee. Candidates should have significant technical and scientific expertise relating to voting systems and voting equipment, including knowledge of voting security, privacy, auditing, reliability, accessibility, and usability. Applications [...]

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DHS Invites Public Comments on Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is accepting public comments on the establishment of new public-private organizations for cybersecurity information sharing. Comments are due July 10. The new Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs) would be for-profit or nonprofit entities comprised of public and private sector members. The organizations would coordinate the sharing of information [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 22

House Floor H.R. 805, Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM) Act of 2015 H.R. 1626, DHS IT Duplication Reduction Act of 2015, as amended H.R. 1637 Federally Funded Research and Development Sunshine Act of 2015, as amended H.R. 2200, CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act, as amended H.R. 1646, Homeland Security Drone Assessment and [...]

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ACM Appoints Robert Schnabel as New CEO

ACM today issued the following press release announcing the new CEO. ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named Robert (“Bobby”) Schnabel executive director and CEO effective November 1, 2015. Schnabel joins ACM after eight years as professor and dean of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. As ACM’s most senior staff [...]

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Vint Cerf Interviews U.S. CTO Megan Smith

ACM Past President Vint Cerf interviewed U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith for this month’s Communications of the ACM magazine. She spoke on key policy objectives, the need to increase the number of students in STEM fields, and the landscape of U.S. technology competitiveness in the global economy. Smith formerly served as a Vice President [...]

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USACM Signs Letter to President Obama Urging Wide Adoption of Encryption Technology

USACM signed a letter to President Obama from a variety of civil society organizations urging him to pursue public policies that encourage the wide adoption of strong encryption technology. The letter is responsive to public statements by Obama Administration officials suggesting that U.S. companies should not provide strong encryption in products and services unless the [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 15

House Floor Possible consideration of trade legislation. See below for Tuesday’s scheduled floor action. Monday, June 15, 2015 Hearing: Commercial Cyber Espionage and Barriers to Digital Trade in China U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission 9 am | 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building Briefing: “Making a Maker” and Undergraduate Research Congressional STEM Education Caucus and [...]

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FCC Net Neutrality Rules Take Effect

The FCC’s Open Internet Order became effective on June 12. The Order imposes new bright-line net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from blocking, throttling, and prioritizing paid “fast lanes.” The rules apply to both fixed and mobile broadband Internet service. The Order also reclassifies broadband Internet access service as a “telecommunications service” under Title [...]

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FCC Renews Consumer Advisory Committee

The renewed FCC Consumer Advisory Committee held its first public meeting on June 12. The Committee is comprised of 37 appointed representatives from industry, academia, consumer organizations, disability organizations, and regulatory agencies. FCC Chairman Wheeler reappointed Debra Berlyn, representing the National Consumers League, as the Chair. Its mandate is to provide guidance to the FCC [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 8

Monday, June 8, 2015 Congressional briefing: Carnegie Mellon University and IEEE-USA on “What Can Be Done Today to Dramatically Improve Cybersecurity” with Jeremy Epstein, John Haller, and Rob Seacord. 3 pm | 2168 Rayburn House Office Building Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Nominations: LaVerne Horton Council To be Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology at the [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General Announcements * USACM signed a letter to President Obama from a variety of civil society organizations urging him to reject proposals that require U.S. companies to deliberately weaken the security of their products. The letter encourages a focus on public policies to promote the wide adoption of strong encryption technology. * USACM submitted comments [...]

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USACM Comments on Proposed Federal Accessibility Standards and Guidelines

USACM yesterday submitted comments to the U.S. Access Board on updated federal accessibility standards and guidelines for information and communication technology (ICT) under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act. The current standards have been in place for roughly 15 years. The effort to revise these standards has been [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 18

Monday, May 18, 2015 Senate Floor: H.R.1314, “Legislative vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority” Tuesday, May 19, 2015 House Floor: H.R. 874 – American Super Computing Leadership Act House Floor: H.R. 1162 – Science Prize Competitions Act, as amended House Floor: H.R. 1119 – Research and Development Efficiency Act House Floor: H.R. 1156 – International Science [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General Announcements * USACM submitted comments on the NIST roadmap for usability and accessibility of future elections. USACM’s comments highlight the importance of usable and accessible voting technologies and systems and the need to improve and ensure the right of all voters to cast their votes independently and privately using secure, reliable, usable, and trustworthy [...]

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NIST Seeks Comments on Electronic Authentication Guideline

NIST seeks public input on which sections of its Electronic Authentication Guideline need updating. Given the evolving landscape of cybersecurity technological innovations and threats targeting remote authentication, NIST is considering a “significant update.” This technical guideline for federal agencies implementing electronic authentication was last updated in 2013. It supplements OMB’s E-Authentication Guidance for Federal Agencies. [...]

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U.S. Copyright Office to Hold Public Hearings on DMCA Exemptions

The U.S. Copyright Office will hold public hearings in May on the proposed exemptions to the prohibitions against circumvention of copyrighted works given in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The public hearings will be held May 19-21 in Los Angeles, California and May 26-29 in Washington, D.C. The final agenda identifies the proposed exemptions [...]

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FCC Seeks Comments on Cybersecurity Risk Management and Best Practices Report

The FCC seeks public comments on the report on “Cybersecurity Risk Management and Best Practices” submitted by the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council. The 415-page report involved 100+ cybersecurity professionals in a yearlong, multistakeholder effort to develop the first cybersecurity guidance for the communications sector, which includes the broadcasting, satellite, cable, wireless, and [...]

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Federal Agencies Seek Comments on Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan

Federal agencies involved in the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program seek public input on the priorities and objectives to be included in a cybersecurity research and development strategic plan. Called for by Congress in the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014, the strategic plan [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 11

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Hearing: Fiscal Year 2016 Funding Request and Budget Justification for the Federal Communications Commission Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government 10:30 am | 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Hearing: Securing the Border: Fencing, Infrastructure, and Technology Force Multipliers Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs [...]

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Technology and Computing Inventors to Be Inducted into U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame

Distinguished technology and computing inventors are among the 2015 Class of Inductees to the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame. Inductees will be honored at the 43rd Annual Induction Ceremony to held at the Smithsonian on May 12. Edith Clarke Edith Clarke (1883-1959), a computing and engineering pioneer, is honored for her early innovation of [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 4

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Hearing: Continuing America’s Leadership: Realizing the Promise of Precision Medicine for Patients Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions 2:30 pm | 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Hearing: Ensuring an Informed Citizenry: Examining the Administration’s Efforts to Improve Open Government Senate Judiciary Committee 9:30 am | [...]

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USACM Comments on NIST Roadmap for Usability and Accessibility of Next Generation Elections

USACM submitted comments on the NIST roadmap for usability and accessibility of future voting technologies and systems. The roadmap represents a positive and achievable plan for working toward inclusive participation of all voters in elections and improved accessible, usable, and accountable systems throughout the election process. USACM looks forward to engaging in the ongoing efforts [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

* ACM named Michael Stonebraker of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recipient of the 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems. * ACM named Dan Boneh recipient of the 2014 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences for his groundbreaking contributions to the development [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

* Congress continues to hold budget hearings. * The White House invites nominations for the National Medal of Science. The deadline is April 27. * The White House invites nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The deadline is June 1. Voting * The U.S. Election Assistance Commission will hold a roundtable to [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

* USACM sent congratulatory letters to the three new Commissioners of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. The letter recommends reestablishing the Technical Guidelines Development Committee, updating the Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines, updating the testing and certification manuals, and establishing standards for Internet delivery of blank ballots and registration forms. * ACM Immediate Past President Vint [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General News • USACM submitted a statement to the U.S. Copyright Office in support of a proposed security research exemption to the prohibitions against circumvention under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Multiple committees collaborated on the statement. • The U.S. Copyright Office now invites public comments from opponents to the 27 proposed exemptions to [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General News • USACM issued a press statement on President Obama’s comments on privacy and security in his State of the Union address. • ACM’s Annual Report FY2014, published this month in the Communications of the ACM, features activities and accomplishments by USACM. • The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG), which was called for in [...]

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U.S. Copyright Office Invites Public Input for 2015 DMCA Rulemaking

The U.S. Copyright Office is accepting public input on proposed exemptions to the prohibitions against circumvention under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This process takes place every three years. The deadline for the first round of public submissions of factual and legal support is February 6 and is limited to supporters of the proposed [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General News • The 114th Congress convened last week with Republicans controlling both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. The House has 246 Republicans, 188 Democrats, and 1 vacancy due to Rep. Michael Grimm’s resignation on January 5. The Senate has 54 Republicans, 44 Democrats, and 2 Independents who caucus with the Democrats. [...]

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U.S. Copyright Office Considers DMCA Exemptions

The U.S. Copyright Office is accepting public input on proposed exemptions to the prohibitions against circumvention under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This process takes place every three years. The deadline for the first round of public submissions of factual and legal support is February 6 and is limited to supporters of the proposed [...]

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