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 The address was noteworthy in part because he was only the fourth sitting President […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]