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FCW obtained official timeline of OPM data breach “An official timeline of the Office of Personnel Management breach obtained by FCW pinpoints the hackers’ calibrated extraction of data and the government’s step-by-step response. It illuminates a sequence of events that lawmakers have struggled to pin down in public hearings with Obama administration officials. The timeline makes clear that the heist of dataContinue Reading

GPO and National Archives Make eCFR available for bulk download in XML

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) to make the electronic Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR) available in XML format for bulk data download from GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). OFR provides eCFR files to GPO and then GPO converts files into XML. The eCFRContinue Reading

Eurostat – Your key to European statistics

“Eurostat’s mission: to be the leading provider of high quality statistics on Europe. Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions. This is a key task. Democratic societies do not functionContinue Reading

Administrative Investigation, Improper Use of Web-based Collaboration Technology, VA Office of Info Tech

Office of Inspector General Office of Veterans Affairs – Report Number: 13-03054-463 – Redacted – 8/17/2015. “VA employees improperly used, a Web-based collaboration technology, which was not approved or monitored as required by VA policy. Further, the website had vulnerable security features, recurring website malfunctions, and users engaged in a misuse of time andContinue Reading

Interior Department Launches New Drupal Powered Website

The US Department of the Interior launched a new Drupal based website for all its components (using HTTPS), and it showcases the visual impact of the agency’s mission using an array of photos, videos and graphics. It is big move forward to provide users with an accessible, user friendly and visually appearing and easy toContinue Reading

FCC to provide open source platform for communications with people with disabilities

Commission to Offer Open Source Video Access Platform to Increase Adoption of Direct Communications Access: “FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced on [August 20, 2015] that the  agency will offer an open source video access platform that will enable Americans who are deaf,  hard of hearing, deaf-blind or who have a speech disability to communicate directlyContinue Reading

New CDC tool illustrates changes in antibiotic resistance

“Welcome to NARMS Now: Human Data, an interactive tool from CDC that contains antibiotic resistance data from bacteria isolated from humans as part of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS). NARMS Now: Human Data makes it easier and quicker to find out how antibiotic resistance has changed over the past 20 years for fourContinue Reading

July 2015 was warmest month ever recorded for the globe

The “warmest ever notices” are arriving with regular frequency – new heat records are recorded so quickly it is difficult to distinguish the impact – but the overall trend is clear – the weather is getting warmer – in the US and around the world (2015 may be the hottest year in recorded history). ToContinue Reading

NYC Expands Access to Public Contracts and Hearings

News release: “Mayor Bill de Blasio announced [August 10, 2015] a powerful new tool to increase government transparency with the launch of an expanded City Record Online (CROL). CROL is now a fully searchable database for all the notices contained in the City Record newspaper – including schedules for public hearings, land-sales and contract awardsContinue Reading

“As journalists, we work with mountains of data to help us spot trends, identify problems in our community and to hold public officials accountable. We present that data here at (formerly RocDocs), so that you can explore the issues yourself. Learn more about where you live, make informed decisions as a citizen, parent, orContinue Reading

Another Snowden Reveal – Telecom Giant Provides Massive Data Pipeline to NSA

NYT and ProPublica investigative reports: “The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T. While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newlyContinue Reading

Homeland Security Advisory Council-New Tasking

August 14, 2015 Federal Register Notice: “The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Jeh Johnson, tasked his Homeland Security Advisory Council to establish a subcommittee entitled Cybersecurity Subcommittee on August 6, 2015. The Cybersecurity Subcommittee will provide findings and recommendations to the Homeland Security Advisory Council on best practices sourced from industry, stateContinue Reading