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GAO – Federal Agencies Lack Senior Leadership to Effectively Implement Privacy Programs

EPIC: “A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, prepared in consultation with privacy experts including EPIC Senior Counsel John Davisson, canvassed 24 federal government agencies and found that most have failed to fully implement statutory privacy requirements. The GAO found that despite the massive amount of personally identifiable information (PII) collected by these agencies and the increasing sophistication of technology, most agencies struggled to fund and implement critical privacy program practices. Less than half the agencies surveyed have developed a privacy risk management framework, and ten agencies have not properly implemented a strategy for continuously monitoring for privacy risks. Further, agencies identified significant shortcomings in their privacy impact assessments (PIAs), including failures to initiate PIAs early enough in the process to be effective, or an inability to hold agency staff accountable for failing to complete PIAs. The GAO recommended that Congress consider legislation to designate a senior privacy official at agencies and give that individual sufficient authority to ensure privacy requirements are implemented. The GAO further recommended that the Director of OMB share information and best practices across agencies, including application of privacy requirements and risk management to emerging technology, as well as information relating to PIAs. EPIC has long worked to promote the use of privacy impact assessments and to ensure strict adherence with PIA requirements. Most recently, in EPIC v. USPS, EPIC brought suit to stop the U.S. Postal Service’s law enforcement arm from using facial recognition and social media monitoring tools at least until the agency has completed required privacy impact assessments.”

NOAA Coastal Flood Exposure Map for Florida

Coastal Flood Explorer Map: “The information in this product is based on the Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk approach to assessing coastal hazard risks and vulnerabilities. The Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk was developed by NOAA as an approach to help communities assess coastal hazard risks and vulnerabilities. With this approach, communities looked… Continue Reading

Census.gov Design Refresh

“As part of our mission to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people, places and economy, the U.S. Census Bureau announced the launch of the refreshed census.gov website that is designed to present data in an even more user-friendly way. The Census Bureau conducted extensive customer research and usability testing to identify… Continue Reading

The Inflation Reduction Act’s tax credits are confusing, so the White House launched a website to help

The Verge: “The Biden administration launched a new website — CleanEnergy.gov — aimed at helping Americans navigate the new green energy tax credits contained in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA). That could especially be useful for people looking to buy a new electric vehicle but finding themselves confused by the litany of new… Continue Reading

Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation

FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Launches New Climate Portal to Help Communities Navigate Climate Change Impacts “Today we’re launching a new climate website to help communities build resilience, with: Real-time dashboard of extreme weather; Interactive maps of future climate impacts for each area; snd Tools to develop resilience plans & access federal funding….Climate Mapping for Resilience… Continue Reading

This Hot Summer Is One of the Coolest of the Rest of Our Lives

Scientific American: “Extreme heat has been a constant in the news this past summer: In July a punishing heat wave in Europe pushed temperatures across parts of the U.K. above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) for the first time in history. That same month was viciously hot across China, including in Shanghai—home to 26… Continue Reading

DOT Launches New Dashboard to Help Air Travelers Know Their Rights When They Experience Flight Disruptions Caused by Airlines

Department of Transportation: “Throughout 2022, Americans have experienced an unacceptable level of flight delays and cancellations. When these disruptions occur, airlines are required to support passengers based on commitments made in their customer service plans, but too often passengers find those plans are difficult to understand and do not guarantee services – such as meals… Continue Reading

National Wastewater Surveillance System

CDC – “In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC launched the National Wastewater Surveillance System (NWSS) in September 2020. CDC developed NWSS to coordinate and build the nation’s capacity to track the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in wastewater samples collected across the country. CDC’s NWSS works with health departments to track… Continue Reading

New Features and Updates to the Constitution Annotated Website

In Custodia Legis: “Written in “plain English“, The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation, better known as the Constitution Annotated, has served as Congress’s Constitution of record for over one hundred years. A Senate document, the Constitution Annotated is prepared by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and provides objective, authoritative, timely, and… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 6, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 6, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

COVID-19 Therapeutics Locator

Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response / HHS: “The national map below displays public locations that have received shipments of U.S. Government-procured COVID-19 therapeutics under U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) authority. The long-acting antibody combination, Evusheld; the monoclonal antibody treatment, bebtelovimab; as well as the oral antiviral therapies Lagevrio (molnupiravir), Paxlovid,… Continue Reading

Biden Administration launches Heat.gov with tools for communities facing extreme heat

NOAA: “Today, the Biden Administration through the interagency National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) launched Heat.gov, a new website to provide the public and decision-makers with clear, timely and science-based information to understand and reduce the health risks of extreme heat. Heat.gov will provide a one-stop hub on heat and health for the nation… Continue Reading