National Academies: Jurisdictions May Not Be Ready for Election Day, Certification Process Generates Skepticism

July has seen a lot of attention focused on e-voting issues. First, the Brennan Center releases a major report on threats to e-voting systems. Then Congress holds a much-needed hearing on e-voting (USACM offered testimony). And this week the National Academies released an interesting new report discussing emerging problems with e-voting systems and making recommendations […]

Voice Of America: U.S. Computer Programmers Losing Ground

Voice of America ran an article today looking at issues of education and globalization and impacts on the U.S. computer science pipeline. The article starts by pointing out America’s poor showing in ACM’s international programing contest: “From 1977 until 1989, the winner was always a U.S. college team. And American students were among the top […]

Government Actions Supporting Data Protection

Two items showing the ongoing struggle to maintain the security of personal information. Government Computer News reported in their July 24 issue that the Office of Management and Budget has tightened requirements for federal agencies to report data breaches. Responding to recently reported data breaches, the OMB guidance reinforces much of current federal law in […]

Scientists Tell Congress It Needs Independent Scientific and Technical Advice

Today the House Science Committee held a hearing exploring Congress’ need for scientific and technical advice. (Witness lists and hearing webcast can be found here.) Eleven years ago, Congress closed the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). This office was created in 1972 to aid Congress “in the identification and consideration of existing and probable impacts […]

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 24

This is the last week before Congress takes their August recess. They will reconvene in September. July 28 Hearing: The Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, and International Security of the Senate Homeland Security Committee is holding a hearing on Cyber Security: Recovery and Reconstitution of Critical Networks. 9:30 a.m., 342 Dirksen Building More […]

Veterans’ Affairs Data Breach Legislation

The House Veterans Affairs Committee, responding to the May 2006 theft of a laptop containing information on over 26 million veterans and active duty personnel, has approved legislation improving and reorganizing cybersecurity activities in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. This follows a series of hearings the committee has held over the last 2 months – […]