DEA Anticipates Awarding Contract for Sensitive Justice Cloud

Aliya Sternstein, Nextgov,  Monday, July 07, 2014

The agency tasked with fighting narcotics trafficking expects to need online access to a commercial data center to store a growing amount of sensitive mapping data -- and to save money, according to a contract plan.

OMB, OSTP to release new tools to reach big open data goals

Stephanie Wasko, Federal News Radio,  Thursday, July 03, 2014

The Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy are looking for 100 percent participation from agencies when it comes to supplying data sets for the administration's Enterprise Data Inventory. Agencies have until the end of November to provide the data, according to the administration's latest cross-agency priority goals update listed on

A new face, renewed vision at GSA policy office

Colby Hochmuth, FCW,  Thursday, July 03, 2014

Christine Harada has a clear vision of where she wants to lead the General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy. In her first government gig, the onetime aerospace engineer has two distinct focuses for what she wants to achieve: making data-driven decisions and increasing transparency at the agency.

EU slams US over Microsoft privacy case

Financial Times,  Monday, June 30, 2014

Commission vice president, Viviane Reding, says the U.S. enforcement order may break international law, which supports Microsoft’s argument that the U.S. cannot enforce a warrant outside of its borders.

Open government is not without privacy challenges, finds paper

Molly Bernhart Walker, FierceGovernmentIT,  Monday, June 30, 2014

In an effort to be more transparent and participatory, governments are making more data publicly available in machine-readable formats and under open licenses, but such noble aims are not immune to privacy issues, says a paper published June 18 in Future Internet, a Switzerland-based scholarly journal.

European Commission releases standard cloud SLA guidelines

Business Cloud News,  Friday, June 27, 2014

The European Commission has released a set of cloud service level agreement (SLA) standards designed to give EU businesses more certainty around what cloud service providers and consumers are responsible for when entering into contractual agreements.

Florida Governor Signs Nation's Toughest Data Breach Law

Fahmida Y. Rashid, SecurityCurrent,  Thursday, June 26, 2014

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into a law what may be the nation's broadest and stringent data breach law. The Florida Information Protection of 2014, which was signed last week, requires companies to take "reasonable measures" to protect and secure personally identifying information in electronic form. The new law also increases companies' reporting and disclosure obligations in the case of a data breach. The new law goes into effect July 1.

Cybersecurity policies lacking at small agencies, finds GAO

Molly Bernhart Walker, FierceGovernmentIT,  Thursday, June 26, 2014

Even federal agencies that are considered small – those with 6,000 employees or less – can face major cybersecurity risks, but a recent Government Accountability Office report finds policy gaps leave them largely unprepared.

NIST launches new cloud computing working groups

Molly Bernhart Walker, FierceGovernmentIT,  Monday, June 23, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is standing up three new working groups to fulfill requirements laid out in the U.S. government's Cloud Computing Standards and Technology Roadmap.

Cloud Computing Adoption Grows, but Hurdles Remain

Nathan Eddy, eWeek,  Friday, June 20, 2014

Security continues to be a strong barrier with just under half (49 percent) of respondents concerned about how secure their data is in the cloud.