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White House expands data protections to non-citizens

The change comes out of the 90-day review of federal privacy rules as they relate to big data.

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House seeks details on VA's health record push

Three-fourths of agency's IT funding would be contingent on Congress getting a granular explanation of the plan for VistA.

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Storehouse of procurement numbers could aid Data Act implementation

Information gathered as part of the reverse auction process could provide the type of granular data that's hard to come by.

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Tech council blasts IT acquisition report

GSA's product- and service-centric approach ignores how those products and services would be used, argues the Information Technology Industry Council.

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Science council approves big-data privacy report

“Technology alone can't reduce privacy risks,” says computer science professor Susan Graham, one of the authors of a White House report on big data. “There has to be policy as well.”

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Industry stresses flexibility on cyber acquisition rules

The Telecommunications Industry Association also told GSA that federal workforce training is crucial to bolstering cybersecurity in the acquisition process.

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DOE releases cyber procurement guidelines

The nonbinding rules are aimed at reducing vulnerabilities in the power sector's procurement process.

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Data Act sponsors look to implementation

Key backers say they will hold OMB's "feet to the fire" to ensure the agency lives up to the measure's requirements.

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Commerce bureaus flunk cyber test

The department's inspector general used automated software to direct suspicious traffic at the public-facing websites of five offices; only one analyzed and moved to block the threat.

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Data Act sent to president

The House passed the spending transparency legislation easily, as the Senate did earlier, but it's not clear what the White House position is.

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Another Windows XP vulnerability exposed

Cybersecurity firm Qualys estimated that more than 10 percent of computers used in government and corporations worldwide still use the OS, which Microsoft stopped supporting three weeks ago.

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Big data policy preview reveals equity concerns

“We need to pay careful attention to what unexpected outcomes the use of big data might lead to, and how to remedy any unintended discrimination or inequality that may result," according to presidential advisor John Podesta, who is heading up a White House policy review.