Legislation May Give Budgetary Power to CIOs, Army Investigates Analytics Software, and More

September 21, 2012
Cyber Security
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Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news:

  • Proposed legislation would give federal chief information officers authority over their technology budgets. More here.
  • The Army is investigating how the¬†3rd Infantry Division obtained free intelligence software from analytics company Palantir and has ordered the Palantir-provided training servers shut down. More here.
  • The U.S. Air Force Center for Strategy and Technology released a foreboding video on the future of technology, which they say they cannot predict. More here.
  • Air Force Chief of Staff¬†General Mark Welsh voiced concerns that the Department of Defense is spending on cybersecurity without a coordinated plan. More here.
  • NASA is investing in¬†¬†research that combines computer and systems science with mechanical, electrical, and materials engineering and social, behavioral, and economic sciences to further robotics. More here.
  • NASA is also using two¬†Global Hawk unmanned aircraft to gather data on hurricanes. More here.
  • A Government Accountability Office report warns that the¬†Census Bureau is at risk of repeating the same information technology mistakes for the 2020 census as it did in 2010. More here.
  • John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, and Gene Dodaro, U.S. comptroller general and head of GAO, said that the federal government suffers from a lack of qualified IT professionals and that the skills gap will be hard to bridge. More here.
  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has funded software to exploit the weaknesses of Android applications to test them before they go into their app store. More here.
  • A California judge refused to order YouTube to remove footage from ‚ÄúInnocence of Muslims‚ÄĚ which resulted in protests in the Middle East and North Africa. More here.
  • Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that the cybersecurity executive order is ‚Äúclose to completion.‚ÄĚ More here.
  • The¬†Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Center for Program Integrity¬†is integrating the predictive analytics tools used to detect Medicare and Medicaid fraud. More here.

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