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Category Archives: E-Records

USSS Faces Challenges Protecting Sensitive Case Management Systems and Data

“We performed this audit as a follow-up to a September 2015 Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation regarding United States Secret Service (USSS) employees improperly accessing and distributing sensitive information onthe agency’s Master CentraIndex (MCI) mainframe system. Our objective was to determine whether adequate controls and data protections were in place on systems to which… Continue Reading

Open Government Plan 2016 – 2018

“Welcome to the Open Government Plan for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for 2016-2018. Start out by viewing the Message from the Archivist and the Executive Summary, which will provide an overview of the plan and open government commitments the agency has made for the next two years.  We want to hear from you!… Continue Reading

NIST study – Security Fatigue

Security Fatigue, Issue No. 05 – Sept.-Oct. (2016 vol. 18) ISSN: 1520-9202 pp: 26-32 DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MITP.2016.84 “Security fatigue has been used to describe experiences with online security. This study identifies the affective manifestations resulting from decision fatigue and the role it plays in users’ security decisions. A semistructured interview protocol was used to collect… Continue Reading

Once again a contractor charged with removing classified NSA information

Politico, Josh Gerstein and Cory Bennett: “The U.S. government confirmed a potentially wide-ranging breach of classified information Wednesday, raising serious questions about the steps federal agencies and contractor Booz Allen Hamilton took to prevent leaks in the wake of the Edward Snowden’s seismic revelations about National Security Agency surveillance…During a court-ordered search of [the home… Continue Reading

GAO – Data and Analytics Innovation: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges

Highlights of a Forum: Data and Analytics Innovation: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges, GAO-16-659SP: Published: Sep 20, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2016. “Forum discussions considered the implications of new data-related technologies and developments that are revolutionizing the basic three-step innovation process in the figure below. As massive amounts of varied data become available in many… Continue Reading

GAO – Agencies Need to Improve Their Application Inventories to Achieve Additional Savings

Information Technology: Agencies Need to Improve Their Application Inventories to Achieve Additional Savings, GAO-16-511: Published: Sep 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2016. “Most of the 24 Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act of 1990 agencies in the review fully met at least three of the four practices GAO identified to determine if agencies had complete… Continue Reading

GAO Report – Actions Are Needed to Help Ensure the Completeness of Political Conversion Data

Office of Personnel Management: Actions Are Needed to Help Ensure the Completeness of Political Conversion Data and Adherence to Policy, GAO-16-859: Published: Sep 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2016. “When a new president takes office in January, scores of new political appointees will join the federal workforce. What happens to the old appointees? Some… Continue Reading

GSA Launches U.S. Data Federation

“The U.S. Data Federation supports data interoperability and harmonization across Federal, state, and local government agencies by highlighting common data formats, API specifications, and metadata vocabularies….The U.S. Data Federation will support government-wide data standardization and data federation initiatives across both Federal agencies and local governments. This is intended to be a fundamental coordinating mechanism for… Continue Reading

Highlights of a Forum: Data and Analytics Innovation: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges

Highlights of a Forum: Data and Analytics Innovation: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges, GAO-16-659SP: Published: Sep 20, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2016. “Forum discussions considered the implications of new data-related technologies and developments that are revolutionizing the basic three-step innovation process in the figure below. As massive amounts of varied data become available in many… Continue Reading

Vanity Fair – Welcome to the Dark Net

Welcome to the Dark Net, A Wilderness Where Invisible World Wars Are Fought and Hackers Roam Free “…Definitions. A vulnerability is a weakness in a network’s defenses. An exploit is a piece of software that takes advantage of a vulnerability. A zero-day exploit is a piece of software that takes advantage of a vulnerability that… Continue Reading

Follow-up Audit – DOJ Implementation of and Compliance with Certain Classification Requirements

Via FAS – Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice, September 2016 – Follow-up Audit of the Department of Justice’s Implementation of and Compliance with Certain Classification Requirements “The OIG found that DOJ, through the Justice Management Division’s (JMD) Security and Emergency Planning Staff (SEPS), had established classification policies and procedures, but had… Continue Reading

Newsweek – Between 2003 and 2009, the Bush White House “lost” 22 million emails

Gone but not forgotten, email messages lost, not archived, disappeared – at the highest level of government – written by officials from both parties, and lest we forget, this reminder by Nina Burleigh in Newsweek – “For 18 months, Republican strategists, political pundits, reporters and Americans who follow them have been pursuing Hillary Clinton’s personal email… Continue Reading