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GAO 6th annual report on federal data and IT fragmentation

2016 Annual Report Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits, GAO-16-375SP: Published: Apr 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2016. WHAT GAO FOUND – In its 2016 report, GAO presents 92 actions that the executive branch or Congress could take to improve efficiency and effectiveness across 37 areas thatContinue Reading

FTC Announces Significant Enhancements to IdentityTheft.gov

“For the first time, identity theft victims can now go online and get a free, personalized identity theft recovery plan as a result of significant enhancements to the Federal Trade Commission’s IdentityTheft.gov website. The new one-stop website is integrated with the FTC’s consumer complaint system, allowing consumers who are victims of identity theft to rapidlyContinue Reading

Links to Federal Statistics

“A trusted source for federal statistical information since 1997. FedStats supports a community of practice for over 100 agencies engaged in the production and dissemination of official federal statistics, and provides the public with a showcase of information, tools and news related to official federal statistics.”

New LA Database Seeks to Help Keep Streets Clean

Los Angeles Times: “A new database, Clean Streets LA,  measuring garbage on more than 9,100 miles of Los Angeles streets and alleys shows poorer areas of the city see more illegal dumping and litter than affluent ones. City officials on Friday released details on the far-reaching study, which is designed to help guide the cityContinue Reading

Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents

CRS Report – Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents, Rita Tehan, Information Research Specialist. March 30, 2016. “Cybersecurity vulnerabilities challenge governments, businesses, and individuals worldwide. Attacks have been initiated against individuals, corporations, and countries. Targets have included government networks, companies, and political organizations, depending upon whether the attacker was seeking military intelligence, conducting diplomaticContinue Reading

New Website Explores National Effort to Better Understand Marine Life, Ecosystem Change

Via NOAA: “The U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (U.S. MBON), an effort to improve our understanding of changes and connections between marine biodiversity and ecosystems, recently launched a new website. In addition to exploring the vision and themes of the network’s demonstration projects, the site offers profiles of projects in progress and outlines future goalsContinue Reading

Data USA allows researchers to create and match visualizations with stories using state and federal data

“In 2014, Deloitte, Datawheel, and Cesar Hidalgo, Professor at the MIT Media Lab and Director of MacroConnections, came together to embark on an ambitious journey — to understand and visualize the critical issues facing the United States in areas like jobs, skills and education across industry and geography. And, to use this knowledge to informContinue Reading

Introducing the Core Federal Services Council

“…To further institutionalize and build upon this progress, today we are announcing the establishment of the Core Federal Services Council. A key milestone of the Customer Service CAP goal, the Council will serve as a government-wide governance vehicle to improve the public’s experience with Federal services, from experiences of Americans who visit a Social SecurityContinue Reading

FCC Modernizes Lifeline Program for the Digital Age

News release: “The Federal Communications Commission today modernized and reformed its Lifeline program to help low income consumers afford access to the 21st Century’s vital communications network: the Internet. Since 1985, Lifeline has helped make telephone service affordable for low-income Americans. Today, consumers need Internet access for full and meaningful participation in society. Yet 43Continue Reading

Urban Wire – Should the FBI be able to hack your smartphone?

Via Urban Institute: “This week [March 23, 2016], a federal judge postponed hearings in Apple v. FBI, one of the most high-profile court cases in the nation—and one that has reinvigorated the privacy versus security debate. This postponement came on the heels of the FBI’s revelation that an outside firm may have found a mechanismContinue Reading

US Geological Survey Science Data Catalog

“The USGS Science Data Catalog provides seamless access to USGS research and monitoring data from across the nation. Users have the ability to search, browse, or use a map-based interface to discover data.” See also  Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Data Source: Core Science Analytics and Synthesis. Begin Date: Unknown. Mission Area: Core Science SystemsEnd Date: 12/31/2015. ITIS is an easily accessible databaseContinue Reading

Access to Government Information in the United States: A Primer

Via FAS – CRS Report – Access to Government Information in the United States: A Primer, Wendy Ginsberg – Analyst in American National Government; Michael Greene, Information Research Specialist. March 18, 2016. “…This report offers an introduction to the four access laws and provides citations to additional resources related to these statutes. This report includesContinue Reading