Author Archives: David Bruggeman

USACM Submits Comments On National Privacy Research Strategy

On October 17, comments closed on a Request for Information from the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program.  Agencies in this program are working on a National Privacy Research Strategy, and sought input from the public.  Specifically, the request asked for input on the privacy objectives that would inform the strategy.  The [...]

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Heading Into Midterms, USACM Re-emphasizes Role Of Technology In Elections

With mid-term Congressional elections fast approaching, USACM released a statement to emphasize the importance of voting technology in elections.  It echoes past statements from USACM on voting, including its 2013 remarks to the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.  In the statement USACM outlines seven principles needed to effectively protect the accuracy and impartiality of elections: [...]

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USACM Focuses On Roadmap In Cybersecurity Framework Comments

As part of its work on the Cybersecurity Framework (Framework), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sought comments from stakeholders on their experiences with it.  USACM has followed the development of the Framework since the 2013 Executive Order that required it.  We submitted comments on a preliminary outline of the Framework back in [...]

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NITRD Agencies To Develop National Privacy Research Strategy

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has asked a steering group in the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program to lead development of a National Privacy Research Strategy.  As part of this effort, there is a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comment.  Submissions (of no more than 20 [...]

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NIST Will Present Draft Privacy Engineering Objectives

On Thursday, October 2, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has a webcast scheduled to present its draft (including a discussion deck) Privacy Engineering Objectives and Risk Model.  The development of these materials has been informed by two Privacy Engineering workshops that NIST co-hosted with the International Association of Privacy Professionals. The current [...]

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The Food And Drug Administration Seeks Input On Medical Device Security

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a workshop on medical device cybersecurity for October 21 and 22 in Arlington, Virginia.  Titled “Collaborative Approaches for Medical Device and Health Care Cybersecurity,” the event is intended for a broad audience of stakeholders engaged in health care and public health.  The workshop will be webcast, but [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 8

Congress has returned from recess, so hearings have resumed. September 9 Hearing: The Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies of the House Homeland Security Committee and the Subcommittee on Research and Technology of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will hold a hearing on the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology [...]

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NIST Continues To Take Feedback On The Cybersecurity Framework

(Edited September 4 to focus on NIST activities concerning the Cybersecurity Framework) The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has posted a Request for Information on the Cybersecurity Framework, with a deadline for comments of October 10.   Developed and administered by the (NIST), the first version of the Framework was released in February of [...]

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ACM Fellow Randal Bryant Joins White House Staff To Tackle Big Data

Randal Bryant, University Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, has accepted a temporary assignment to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  Bryant, an ACM Fellow since 2000 and the 1998 recipient of ACM’s Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award, will work on Big Data issues as an adviser to [...]

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White House Launches U.S. Digital Service and Digital Resources

On Monday the White House announced the launch of the U.S. Digital Service.  According to the Administration, the Digital Service is a team of digital experts that will work with agencies to improve and simplify the digital experience for citizens and companies interacting with the government.  It will be led by Mikey Dickerson, who was [...]

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USACM Comments On Intersection Of Big Data And Consumer Privacy

Yesterday USACM responded to a Request for Comment from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).  In response to a recommendation in the Administration’s Big Data report released in May, the NTIA solicited public comment on how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights could support big data. In its comments, USACM notes that while big [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 14

July 15 Hearing: The Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on botnets and associated criminal networks. 2:30 p.m., 226 Dirksen Building July 16 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will hold a hearing on the future of the video marketplace, with an emphasis on the impact [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 30

July 1 Field Hearing: The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a field hearing on Internet rules to foster competition. 10 a.m., Davis Center at the University of Vermont 590 Main St., Burlington, Vermont

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FCC Chairman Offers Thoughts On Cybersecurity

In remarks at the American Enterprise Institute on June 12, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined how he sees the Commission addressing cybersecurity.  While perhaps not the first government entity that comes to mind when thinking about cybersecurity, the FCC is concerned with the operations of networks, and would certainly be interested in keeping [...]

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DARPA Launches Cyber Grand Challenge

Today marks the start of the Cyber Grand Challenge, organized by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  The New York Times has a lengthy article on the challenge, which involves over 35 teams deploying automated cybersecurity solutions.  There’s also an extensive commercial website devoted to the event.  The teams will receive a suite of [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 2

June 4 The Privacy, Technology and the Law subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on a location privacy bill. 2:30 p.m., 226 Dirksen Building June 5 The Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the Internet Protocol transition. 10:30 [...]

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Two Administration Big Data Reports Hint At Policy Challenges Ahead

In early May the White House and the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST) each issued reports on ‘big data’ as part of the Administration’s 90-day big data review.   John Holdren, co-chair of PCAST and the President’s science adviser, was involved with both reports.  USACM submitted comments to the Office of [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 19

May 21 Hearing: The Counterterroism and Intelligence Subcommittee and the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on cyber threats. 10 a.m., 311 Cannon Building Markup: The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will review pending legislation, including an authorization bill for the National Science [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 12

May 14 Hearing: The Senate Rules and Administration Committee will hold a hearing on elections data. 9:30 a.m., 301 Russell Building May 15 Hearing: The Investigations Subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing about the hazards of online advertising. 9:30 a.m., 342 Dirksen Building

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USACM Contributes To Big Data Review

As part of the Administration’s review of big data, privacy and the economy, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a Request for Information (RFI) in March.  The RFI sought comments on the public policy implications of big data, alone with some insights on the potential benefits of big data and the technology [...]

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USACM Describes The Systems Engineering Analysis It Recommends For Surveillance Programs

In comments to both the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, USACM recommended the use of an independent systems engineering analysis to review the design and operation of complex processes and systems.  Our members spent some time further considering what should go into such an analysis, [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 24

March 26 Hearing: The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on public-private partnerships in cybersecurity. 10 a.m.,  342 Dirksen Building The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on consumer data protection. 2:30 p.m., 253 Russell Building

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Leslie Lamport Recognized With 2013 A.M. Turing Award

Leslie Lamport, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, has been named as the recipient of the 2013 ACM A.M. Turing Award.  The recognition is for his work in distributed computing systems, as described in the award citation: “For fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of distributed and concurrent systems, notably the invention of concepts such [...]

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White House Seeking Input For Its Big Data Review

Following on the announcement in January that the White House would be reviewing Big Data and its influence on privacy and the economy, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has been seeking input from the public and other stakeholders.  The office has already co-sponsored two conferences on big data.  The first was at [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 10

March 12 Hearing: The Senate Rules and Administration Committee will hold a hearing on election administration 9:45 a.m., 301 Russell Building The Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on information technology and cyber operations. 3:30 p.m., 2118 Rayburn Building

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Administration Launches Big Data and Privacy Review

As part of the government response to public concerns over national security surveillance programs, the President announced in January that there would be a review of government activity related to the collection and use of ‘Big Data.’  The effort will involve several government bodies, and is led by White House Counselor John Podesta.  He will [...]

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Reports On Surveillance Programs Vary In Engagement With Technology

In January both the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) and the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies (Review Group) issued their reports on intelligence surveillance programs.  USACM submitted comments to both PCLOB and the Review Group.  In its comments, USACM outlined technical issues and constraints that make effectively implementing these programs [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 3

February 4 Hearing: The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on data breaches and cybercrime. 10:15 a.m., 226 Dirksen Building February 5 The Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on consumer data breaches. 9:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Building Markup: The House Homeland Security Committee [...]

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Presidential Commission Issues Recommendations on Improving Voting Experience

On January 22, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration issued the report requested of it by President Obama.  Formed after reports of long lines and other voting difficulties in the 2012 election, the Commission was charged with identifying best practices in election administration and recommend steps to improve the voting experience.  The Commission held several [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of January 27

January 28 Hearing: The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on the security of the HealthCare.gov website. 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn Building The Subcommittee on Intellectual Property and the Internet of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on copyright and fair use. 2 p.m., 2141 Rayburn Building

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of January 13

January 14 – Edited to reflect new hearing and new hearing time on January 16 Original Post – January 13 January 14 Hearing: The Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the scope of copyright protection. 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn Building The Senate Homeland Security [...]

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PCAST Releases Cybersecurity Report

Following its November meeting, the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a letter report on cybersecurity.  The report follows a classified briefing PCAST gave to the President back in February. The report encourages that the federal government and the private sector avoid static procedures on cybersecurity and pursue “a set of [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 18

November 19 Hearing: The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on the data security of the Healthcare.gov website. 1o a.m., 2318 Rayburn Building The Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on regulation of medical apps and health software. 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Building The [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 11

November 12 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on multiple nominees, including the Associate Director for Science at the Office of Science and Technology Policy. 5:40 p.m., S-216 Capitol Building November 13 The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on the information security of the HealthCare.gov [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 4

November 4 Meeting: The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is meeting to discuss national security surveillance programs (the meeting was originally scheduled for October 4).  USACM Chair Eugene Spafford will appear before the Board in the afternoon. 9:15-4:15 Mayflower Hotel,  1127 Connecticut Avenue N.W. November 6 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of October 28

October 29 Markup: (Rescheduled from October 24) The House Homeland Security Committee will review pending legislation, including H.R. 3107, the Cybersecurity Boots-On-The-Ground Act.  This bill would (as currently written) require certain classifications and assessments of the federal cybersecurity workforce. 10 a.m., 311 Cannon Building October 30 Hearing: The Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security [...]

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Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies Hears from USACM

In light of the leaks surrounding U.S. national intelligence surveillance efforts, President Obama appointed a group to review those programs to determine if they are in the best possible balance with other national interests.  This Review Group requested comments from the public on its charge: “[W]hether, in light of advancements in communications technologies, the United [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings Week of September 30

October 3 – ETA I was optimistic that all of the scheduled activities for this week would proceed as intended. The October 2 hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Technology Committee, and the markup session of the House Homeland Security Committee were postponed. The October 4 meeting of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight [...]

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USACM Provides Input On Next Version Of Open Government National Action Plan

As part of the Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative, it released a National Action Plan in September 2011. Based in part on its progress on the first version of the Plan, the government is working on version 2.0, and requested input from the public. USACM submitted comments yesterday. A summary of our recommendations to the [...]

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Cybersecurity Framework Now At Discussion Draft Stage

While cybersecurity legislation slowly inches forward in Congress, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is moving faster in implementing its responsibilities under the recent Executive Order on cybersecurity. Last month we noted that NIST circulated a draft outline of the Cybersecurity Framework (H/T Nextgov). Now there’s a discussion draft of the actual Framework. [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 16

September 18 Markup: The Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee will review two bills related to cybersecurity. September 19 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold confirmation hearings for Jo Handelsman (Associate Director for Science, Office of Science and Technology Policy/OSTP), Robert Simon (Associate Director [...]

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NIST Working On Big Data Technology Roadmap

On September 30, the National Institute of Standards and Technology will host a Big Data workshop at its headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The focus of the workshop is to continue the work of the NIST Big Data Working Group in developing a Big Data Technology Roadmap. Registration for the conference is free and open to [...]

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Federal CIO Council Announces Re-Organization

The Federal CIO Council is the primary cross-agency group for information technology management in the government. On Friday the Council announced a major reorganization. Now led by the federal Chief Information Officer, the Council coordinates federal IT management policies, and works with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Office of Management and [...]

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The Executive Branch Works On Implementing the Cybersecurity Executive Order

Since the President issued an Executive Order on cybersecurity information sharing back in February, several groups have worked on implementing parts of that order. The Senate Commerce Committee has also gotten in on the act, recently approving a bill that would put some parts of the executive order into law. While a draft of the [...]

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USACM Outlines Limitations Of Computing For Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) is an independent federal agency established based on recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. It’s responsible for reviewing executive branch actions in relation to counterterrorism activities to ensure that privacy and civil liberties concerns are part of the conversation in developing and reviewing such policies. In light of [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 29

July 30 Markup: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will review pending legislation. Scheduled for consideration is a new cybersecurity bill introduced last week. 2:30 p.m., 253 Russell Building

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 22

July 23 Hearing: The Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on cybersecurity and Asia. 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn Building July 24 The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on health care and information technology. 10:30 a.m., 215 Dirksen Building July 25 The Government Operations Subcommittee [...]

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Presidential Commission on Election Administration Continues Listening Tour

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration, established by Executive Order earlier this year, has held two official meetings and been present at other meetings of election officials. While the first meeting, held June 21st in Washington, D.C. was a brief affair, the June 28th meeting in Miami was a full day affair, listening to elected [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 15

July 17 Hearing: The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on health information technology 10 a.m., 215 Dirksen Building Subcommittees of the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a joint hearing on information sharing in the new health care law. 9:30 a.m., 2154 Rayburn Building July [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 8

July 9 Workshop: The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will hold a public workshop on surveillance programs. Technology experts will be part of at least one panel during the event. 9:30 a.m., Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C. Hearing: The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold [...]

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USACM Notes Technology In Letter to Voting Commission

On Friday the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, established earlier this year by Executive Order, will hold its first public meeting in Washington, D.C. As part of the public comment period prior to the meeting, USACM sent the Commission Co-Chairs, Robert Bauer and Benjamin Ginsburg, a letter. In that letter USACM reminds the Commission of [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 17

June 18 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the nominee to head the Federal Communications Commission, Thomas Wheeler. 2:30 p.m., 253 Russell Building June 19 Hearing: The Government Operations Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a second hearing on government approaches to biometric [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 10

June 11 Hearing: The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on improving federal information technology practices. 10:30 a.m., 342 Dirksen Building June 12 Hearing: The Senate Appropriations Committee is holding a hearing on cybersecurity preparedness and response. 2 p.m., G-50 Dirksen Building

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 3

June 4 Hearing: The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will meet to hear testimony on the security of veterans’ private data. 2:30 p.m., 334 Cannon Building June 5 Hearing: The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will meet to hear testimony on federal information technology management. 10 a.m., 342 [...]

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White House Open Data Executive Order Echoes USACM Recommendations

In early May the White House issued an Executive Order outlining a policy to make open and machine readable the ‘default’ for new and ‘modernized’ government information. This Open Data Policy would be implemented for federal agencies over the next few months, with quarterly progress reports following the initial rollout. While the Administration rightly notes [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 20

May 21 Hearing: The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on cybersecurity with witnesses from intelligence and critical infrastructure backgrounds. 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Building The Research and Technology Subcommittees of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on biometric technologies. 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Building The Communications [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 6

May 8 Hearing: The Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on responses to cyberthreats. 9 a.m., 226 Dirksen Building May 9 Hearing: The Subcommittee on Government Operations of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on biometric identification. 9:30 a.m., 2154 Rayburn Building

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USACM Encourages Flexibility In Proposed Cybersecurity Framework

As part of the President’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is required to develop a Cybersecurity Framework (Framework). This Framework, per Section 7 of the Executive Order, would “include a set of standards, methodologies, procedures, and processes that align policy, business, and technological approaches to address cyber risks.” [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of April 22

April 24 – Edited to Add Do Not Track hearing April 24 Hearing: The Subcommittee on Research of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on computing and ‘big data.’ 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Building The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the status of voluntary [...]

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House Intelligence Committee Tries Again With CISPA

On April 10 the House Intelligence Committee will review H.R. 624, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The Committee approved an almost identical bill last year, and USACM released a statement expressing serious concerns with the bill. While press reports indicate that several amendments will be up for consideration during tomorrow’s hearing, the text [...]

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President Establishes Voting Commission; Focus Will Include Voting Technology

As Renee mentioned, President Obama issued an Executive Order establishing the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. The Commission was a promise made in the President’s State of the Union address this year, and responds to concerns over long waiting times for voters in the 2012 elections. The Commission is charged with identifying best practices and [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 18

March 19 Hearing: The Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn Building The Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on Homeland Security Department information technology. 2 p.m., [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 11

March 13 Hearing: The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on the Department of Homeland Security’s role in cybersecurity of critical infrastructure. 10 a.m., 311 Cannon Building (rescheduled from March 6) The Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on investigating and prosecuting [...]

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ACM Washington Update Is Back!

After a long hiatus, the ACM Washington Update – a newsletter of computing policy activity published by the ACM Public Policy Office – is back. Yesterday we published a new issue, the second one in this new format. ACM Washington Update, Volume 17, Issue 1 (February 25, 2013) ACM Washington Update, Volume 17, Issue 2 [...]

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Do Not Track Legislation Reintroduced in Senate

On Thursday Senator Rockefeller of West Virginia introduced legislation to establish an option for people to opt out of tracking their online activity. It is S.418 and can be reviewed online. The Senator introduced a similar bill in 2011. He did not vigorously pursue the measure, in part because of efforts by several parties to [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 4

March 6 Hearing: The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on the Department of Homeland Security’s role in cybersecurity for critical infrastructure. 10:30 a.m., 311 Cannon Building March 7 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing with the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on government and [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 25

February 26 Hearing: The Research Subcommittee and the Technology Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a joint hearing on cybersecurity research and development. 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Building February 27 Hearing: The Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on E-Verify, an electronic [...]

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USACM Chair Comments on Cybersecurity Executive Order

On Tuesday, as part of the State of the Union address, President Obama issued an executive order on cybersecurity. The order focuses on the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure – defined in the order as “systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that the incapacity or destruction of such systems [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 11

February 14 Hearing: The House Select Committee on Intelligence will hold a hearing on advanced cyber threats. 10 a.m., HVC-210 Capitol Visitors Center The Research Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology will hold a hearing focused on applications of information technology research and development. 2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn Building

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Google and the Federal Trade Commission Reach Agreements

On January 3rd, the Federal Trade Commission completed its antitrust review of Google. After 19 months of investigation, the Commission announced that Google will make changes to its search and other business practices in order to allay concerns that the company is engaged in anti-competitive behavior. Some critics consider the FTC actions soft and the [...]

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The Sequester Is Delayed, But Not Forgotten

The major political debates last week focused on the so-called ‘fiscal cliff.’ The cliff included a series of tax increases and spending cuts (the cuts are sometimes referred to as ‘sequestration’) that were set to happen last Tuesday, January 2. A last-minute deal didn’t resolve the situation entirely. Tax revenues were the main focus of [...]

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White House Staff Indicates Machine-Readable Data Will Become Normal Practice; Echoes USACM Recommendations From 2009

During his appearance at a meeting of the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park indicated that there would be new government data policies announced in 2013. This follows on the Digital Government Strategy announced in the summer of 2012. One of these policies will be to “makes [...]

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Federal Trade Commission Updates Online Privacy Rules For Pre-Teens

On Wednesday the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the final updated rules for implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Passed in 1998, COPPA rules had not been updated to reflect changes in technology, most notably the rise of mobile internet access and mobile applications. The final rules will take effect on July 1, [...]

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USACM Offers Comments on Federal Cybersecurity R&D Strategy

The National Science Foundation (NSF) sought comments on the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Plan. The plan was released in late 2011, and NSF was interested in getting feedback from the research community on the effectiveness of the plan. Yesterday USACM submitted comments in response to this request, outlining our interests in cybersecurity research and [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 17

September 19 Markup: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will review pending legislation, including a concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the current Internet multistakeholder governance model should be maintained. 2:15 p.m., S-116 Capitol Building September 20 Hearing: The Securities, Insurance, and Investment Subcommittee of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will [...]

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USACM Expresses Concerns Over Support For Scientific And Technical Conferences

Part of the response to the reported excesses in conference spending involving the General Services Administration has been to restrict conference and travel spending across the government. Several pieces of legislation are working through Congress to implement such restrictions. However, we believe that the legislation, as currently written, would have unintended consequences for scientific, technical [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 10

Congress has returned from its August break, and will attempt to get a little work done before it breaks for fall campaigning in early October. September 12 Hearing: The Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on resilient communications and cybersecurity. 2 p.m., 311 Cannon Building

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 30

The Senate will consider cybersecurity legislation this week. Several amendments will be introduced and debated on the floor. July 31 Hearing: The Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia Subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on federal data security and privacy law. [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 23

July 24 Briefing: The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation is holding a briefing on assistive voting technology for veterans. 9:30 a.m., 188 Russell Building Hearing: The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on sales and use tax laws, including sales conducted online. 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn Building July 25 Hearing: The Intellectual Property, Competition [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 16

July 17 Hearing: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on the electric grid and cybersecurity. 10 a.m., 366 Dirksen Building July 18 Hearing: The Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on facial recognition technology, including its online applications. 2:30 p.m., [...]

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USACM Makes Recommendations On Continuity Of E-Government

One of the consequences of the recent East Coast storm was that several cloud computing services were knocked off line for several hours. As government services and information make greater use of the web and cloud services, interruptions to those services will have a greater impact during the next outage. To address such a situation, [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 9

July 10 Discussion: Deputy Chief Technology Officer Daniel Weitzner will be featured in a discussion on federal Internet policy making. 12 noon, The Hudson Institute, 1015 15th St. NW, Washington. (also available online) July 12 Meeting: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration will host a day long meeting on developing a consumer data privacy code [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 25

June 27 Hearing: The Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on changes in video technology 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Building The Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on international enforcement of intellectual property rights. 10 a.m., [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 18

June 19 Hearing: The Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the public policy implications of new mobile and online technologies. 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn Building The Technology and Innovation Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on best [...]

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USACM Comments on House Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill

In late April the House considered and passed several pieces of cybersecurity legislation. At the time USACM released a statement with general recommendations for cybersecurity bills. Of the bills that passed the House, H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), has attracted the most concern. The bill is currently in the Senate [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 29

May 31 Hearing: The Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on international proposals to regulate the Internet. 10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Building June 1 Hearing: The Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on cybersecurity and [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 14

May 17 Hearing: The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Hearing will meet on the Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance Act, H.R. 2168. 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn Building

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 7

May 9 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the consumer privacy reports issued by the Federal Trade Commission and the Obama Administration. 2:30 p.m., 253 Russell Building

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The House Will Engage With Cybersecurity Legislation This Week

While Congress has tried to pass major cybersecurity legislation for the last few years, this week marks what could be a major step forward in finally getting a bill to the President’s desk. The House leadership has scheduled four cybersecurity bills for votes on Thursday and Friday of this week. The bills up for consideration [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of April 23

April 26 – Edited to note that the E-Verify hearing has been postponed. April 24 – Edited to add E-Verify hearing for April 27. The House is expected to consider four cybersecurity bills on Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27. April 24 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing [...]

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