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US agencies can't track savings from data center closings

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The U.S. government's effort to close 1,253 of its data centers is falling short of its goal, and agencies haven't been able to track projected cost savings for the initiative, a government auditor told lawmakers.The White House Office of Management and Budget's goal of saving at least US$3 billion...
US agencies can't track savings from data center closings

We the people want a Death Star

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The Obama administration just tried to pull an Obi-Wan Kenobi on the American people. "This is not the petition response you're looking for," writes Paul Shawcross of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Shawcross, who heads the Science and Space branch of OMB, gave a digital...
We the people want a Death Star

White House’s cybersecurity chief calls it quits, adding uncertainty to current legislative gridlock

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The White House today lost its key cybersecurity official, who intends on returning to ‘private life,’ The Hill reports. Moments ago we brought you news covering the current status of cybersecurity legislation in Congress, a critical topic as the bills being debated may have wide-sweeping impacts on digital privacy, and...
White House’s cybersecurity chief calls it quits, adding uncertainty to current legislative gridlock

CISPA veto recommended by White House, bill's authors defend it

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Not a fan of CISPA? Fear not. President Barack Obama isn’t either. A Wednesday e-mail released by the Office of Management and Budget made very clear that should the bill reach the president’s desk in its current form, "his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill." "Legislation...
CISPA veto recommended by White House, bill's authors defend it
Open government reboot focuses on APIs instead of data
White House cyber security coordinator stepping down
White House rejects Death Star, promotes tech education

The White House rejects Death Star petition: We have a space station and blowing up planets is bad

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The White House has responded to a petition submitted to its We the People website instructing the government to secure funding for and building a Death Star by 2016. Unfortunately, the answer is no and the Obama Administration has outlined several reasons why it’s not going to happen — in...
The White House rejects Death Star petition: We have a space station and blowing up planets is bad
Potential US budget cuts could have a significant impact on science

Obama administration supports new cybersecurity bill

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The Obama administration "strongly supports" a new cybersecurity bill scheduled to be debated on the Senate floor soon, even though some of its provisions are watered down from earlier legislation, the White House Office of Management and Budget said....
Obama administration supports new cybersecurity bill

White House Vaporizes Death Star Petition

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An estimated $850 quadrillion effort to add a “Death Star” similar to the one seen in “Star Wars” to the United States’ military arsenal would be too costly and doomed to failure. This according to the Obama administration which on Saturday officially rejected a citizen petition calling for the White...
White House Vaporizes Death Star Petition

U.S. government honored for pioneering work in IPv6

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The IPv6 Forum on Tuesday presented a special award to four U.S. government officials for their pioneering work in promoting IPv6, an emerging upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol. Recipients of the award were: Peter Tseronis, chairperson of the Federal IPv6 Task Force and CTO for the U.S....
U.S. government honored for pioneering work in IPv6

CISPA passes House despite opposition

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Despite strong opposition from the White House, digital privacy groups and most Democrats, the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (PDF) passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 248-168. The vote had initially been scheduled for Friday, but House Republicans moved up the full vote. Supporters of...
CISPA passes House despite opposition

Government Can Keep Key Emails With Hollywood Lobbyists About 'Six Strikes' Secret

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While we keep hearing folks in the entertainment industry and their supporters in DC talk about how great it is that the "six strikes" "Copyright Alert System" (CAS) was a "voluntary" agreement between industry players, one of the worst kept secrets in the world was that the White House was...
Government Can Keep Key Emails With Hollywood Lobbyists About 'Six Strikes' Secret

Think your IT consolidation efforts are slow? Check out the feds.

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A program the Obama administration established last year to review federal agencies’ portfolios of information-technology assets has identified $2.5 billion in possible savings in the next three years, Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel told a congressional committee this week, according to his prepared remarks. (Watch the hearing before the House...
Think your IT consolidation efforts are slow? Check out the feds.

Memo to Gov Agencies: You May Now Tweet, Blog and Facebook

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Next time you hear about your city council looking to pass a law, make sure to check out their blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts. The Office of Management and Budget issued a memorandum yesterday that should make it easier for government agencies to both communicate with citizens and receive feedback...
Memo to Gov Agencies: You May Now Tweet, Blog and Facebook

White House Responds To Death Star Petition: Obama "Does Not Support Blowing Up Planets"

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I love the Internet so much. America’s netizens have demanded that President Obama consider building the legendary Star Wars Death Star and the White House has responded. Not surprising, they have thoughtfully rejected the request, claiming it would cost an estimated $850,000,000,000,000,000 and that “the Administration does not support blowing...
White House Responds To Death Star Petition: Obama "Does Not Support Blowing Up Planets"

White House deputy CTO Noveck on next steps for open government

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Transparency initiatives at the White House, one of the three elements of the Open Government Initiative, have received ample attention from mainstream media and groups like the Sunlight Foundation. The implementation of the other two elements, participation and collaboration, have not. Can citizens be empowered to participate and collaborate in...
White House deputy CTO Noveck on next steps for open government

Should Software Created By The Federal Gov't Be Open Source Licensed... Or Public Domain?

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Anil Dash recently alerted me to a White House petition to get "government-developed software" under an open source license for the sake of allowing others to build on it and approve it. Top Three Reasons to Mandate Open Sourcing of Custom Federal Software: Openness: Open Sourcing ensures basic fairness and...
Should Software Created By The Federal Gov't Be Open Source Licensed... Or Public Domain?
White House's top cybersecurity chief retires

US Agency Pushing For Open Government... Almost Last In Rankings Of Open Gov't Agencies

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The White House tasked the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with spreading "open government" efforts throughout the US government -- but a recent analysis of what agencies in the government are most open shows that OMB is near the back of the pack. The rankings put the different agencies...
US Agency Pushing For Open Government... Almost Last In Rankings Of Open Gov't Agencies

Federal court: Obama admin doesn't need to release more "six strikes" documents

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About a month ago, Ars published actual “six strikes” alerts that Comcast has been sending to its customers believed to be violating copyright over its network. (We’re still waiting to see if the other ISPs will oblige our requests.) In that piece, we noted that Chris Soghoian, a policy...
Federal court: Obama admin doesn't need to release more "six strikes" documents
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