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NIST Cryptographic Standards and Guidelines Development Process

Report and Recommendations of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, July 2014 “This report from Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to the NIST Director contains the VCAT’s recommendations on how NIST can improve the cryptographic standards and guidelinesContinue Reading

GCHQ leak lists UK cyber-spies’ hacking tools – BBC

Leo Kelion, BBC News Technology – “A document that appears to list a wide variety of GCHQ’s cyber-spy tools and techniques has been leaked online. It indicates the agency worked on ways to alter the outcome of online polls, find private Facebook photos, and send spoof emails that appeared to be from Blackberry users, among other things. TheContinue Reading

Agriculture: occupational employment and wages

Stella D. Fayer  - economist in the Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, BLS:  This study uses special tabulations of data collected as part of the short-term Green Goods and Services Occupations (GGS-OCC) program to analyze employment and wages in the agricultural sector as a whole. The GGS-OCC program estimates combined data from two U.S. Bureau ofContinue Reading

GDPNow – Atlanta Fed

“The growth rate of real gross domestic product (GDP) is a key indicator of economic activity, but the official estimate is released with a delay. Our new GDPNow forecasting model provides a “nowcast” of the official estimate prior to its release. Recent forecasts for the GDPNow model are available here. More extensive numerical details—including underlying sourceContinue Reading

Use EPA’s ECHO website to search for facilities in your community to assess their compliance with environmental regulation

“ECHO provides integrated compliance and enforcement information for about 800,000 regulated facilities nationwide. Its features range from simple to advanced, catering to users who want to conduct broad analyses as well as those who need to perform complex searches. Specifically, ECHO allows you to find and download information on: Permit data Inspection dates and findings ViolationsContinue Reading

“For Official Use Only” is Used Too Much at DHS, House Says – FAS

Steven Aftergood, Secrecy News: “There is too much information that is marked “For Official Use Only” at the Department of Homeland Security, the House Appropriations Committee said in its report on DHS Appropriations for 2015….Here is the Committee language from its June 19 DHS Appropriations report: Over-Classification of Information - The Committee is concerned with the number of reports, briefings,Continue Reading

Governments and Cloud Computing: Roles, Approaches, and Policy Considerations

Gasser, Urs and O’Brien, David, Governments and Cloud Computing: Roles, Approaches, and Policy Considerations (March 17, 2014). Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2014-6. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2410270 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2410270 “Governments from Bogota to Beijing are engaging with emerging cloud computing technologies and its industry in a variety of overlapping contexts. Based on a review of aContinue Reading

Files provided by Snowden show extent to which ordinary Web users are caught in the net – WaPo

In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are, by Barton Gellman, Julie Tate and Ashkan Soltani “Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post. Nine of 10 account holders foundContinue Reading

Mapping a New Nation: Abel Buell’s Map of the United States, 1784

“On September 3, 1783, American and British representatives signed the Treaty of Paris that formally concluded the American Revolution and recognized the United States as an independent nation. In March 1784, only six months later, Abel Buell (1742–1822), an engraver from Connecticut, produced his New and Correct Map of the United States of North America, which,Continue Reading

CIA Style Manual Available Online

Via governmentattic.org: “National Security Counselors law firm has obtained a copy of the CIA Directorate of Intelligence Style Manual, Eighth Edition, 2011.  It is entitled Style Manual & Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications. The CIA Guide is not alone.  Each of the members of the Intelligence Community ­IC ­ have one or more Style Manuals to conform the reportsContinue Reading

NSA tracking users of privacy applications and monitoring services

NSA targets the privacy-conscious - von J. Appelbaum, A. Gibson, J. Goetz, V. Kabisch, L. Kampf, L. Ryge. “The investigation discloses the following: Two servers in Germany – in Berlin and Nuremberg – are under surveillance by the NSA. Merely searching the web for the privacy-enhancing software tools outlined in the XKeyscore rules causes the NSA toContinue Reading

Esri Mapping Platform Secured for Federal Agency’s Use

“The Esri ArcGIS Online platform is now authorized and accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a secure platform for delivering cloud-based geospatial services. Following a rigorous assessment, the agency has granted ArcGIS Online a Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) low Authority to Operate (ATO). Esri, the GIS industry leader, now provides secureContinue Reading