Monthly Archives: April 2009

President Obama Addresses the National Academies

On Monday, President Obama spoke before the National Academies during the National Academy of Sciences’ Annual meeting. Both audio and video of the address are available from the Academies, and from the White House. A transcript can be found on Whitehouse.gov. The address was noteworthy in part because he was only the fourth sitting President [...]

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Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – April 2009 (Vol. 52, No. 4)

Items in the April issue of Communications of the ACM that have policy relevance. Remember, much of the material in CACM is considered premium content. You will need to be a member of ACM or a subscriber to CACM in order to access this material online. News IT Ecosystem in Peril (full article), Alan Joch [...]

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President Obama Announces New PCAST Members

Yesterday President Obama announced the full membership of his President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST). This is an advisory body that works with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to provide advice to the President. More than a few of the new members have previous government experience. There will be [...]

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Obama Administration Appoints a Chief Technology Officer

One of the Administration’s campaign promises was to create the position of Chief Technology Officer. While the specific job description was vague during the campaign, the general idea was for this office to encourage more effective use of technology across government. After appointing a Chief Information Officer – Vivek Kundra – the President selected Aneesh [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of April 27

April 28 Hearing: The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on cybersecurity. 10 a.m., 342 Dirksen Building The Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security Subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on digital government. 2:30 p.m., 342 Dirksen Building [...]

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White House Cybersecurity Review Complete; Public Announcement Expected Soon

The Obama Administration recently finished a 60-day review of federal cybersecurity efforts. Melissa Hathaway, Acting White House Cyberspace Director, indicated in public remarks (scroll down for video) at the RSA computer security conference that the report is currently with the President for his review, and should be made public soon. As might be expected during [...]

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Federal Trade Commission Issues Proposed Breach Notification Rule

On April 16 the Federal Trade Commission issued a proposed rule requiring entities to notify consumers in the event that the security of their electronic health information is breached. The FTC is seeking public comment between now and June 1st. You can read more about the comment process by reading the Federal Register Notice or [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of April 20

April 23 Hearing: The Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on recent developments in communications networks and consumer privacy. 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Building

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Broad-based Cybersecurity Bill Introduced

Senator Rockefeller (D-West Virginia) introduced last week a bill that would increase the role of the federal government in cybersecurity. S. 773 (text not yet available on THOMAS), in its present form, would mark a significant change in the government’s role in cybersecurity. Provisions of the bill include having the National Institute of Standards and [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 13.3 (April 3, 2009)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] Computing Groups Call for More Focus on Computing Education [3] 2008 ACM Turing Award Recognizes Dr. Barbara Liskov [4] USACM Seeks Details On Recovery.Gov To Maximize Public Information [5] Final 2009 Budget Provide Increases for Science Agencies [6] Internet Privacy Bill on Drawing Board for this Congress [7] Secretary of [...]

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