Legislation May Give Budgetary Power to CIOs, Army Investigates Analytics Software, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news:

  • Proposed legislation would give federal chief information officers authority over their technology budgets. More here.
  • The Army is investigating how the 3rd Infantry Division obtained free intelligence software from analytics company Palantir and has ordered the Palantir-provided training servers shut down. More here.
  • The U.S. Air Force Center for Strategy and Technology released a foreboding video on the future of technology, which they say they cannot predict. More here.
  • Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh voiced concerns that the Department of Defense is spending on cybersecurity without a coordinated plan. More here.
  • NASA is investing in research that combines computer and systems science with mechanical, electrical, and materials engineering and social, behavioral, and economic sciences to further robotics. More here.
  • NASA is also using two Global Hawk unmanned aircraft to gather data on hurricanes. More here.
  • A Government Accountability Office report warns that the Census Bureau is at risk of repeating the same information technology mistakes for the 2020 census as it did in 2010. More here.
  • John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, and Gene Dodaro, U.S. comptroller general and head of GAO, said that the federal government suffers from a lack of qualified IT professionals and that the skills gap will be hard to bridge. More here.
  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has funded software to exploit the weaknesses of Android applications to test them before they go into their app store. More here.
  • A California judge refused to order YouTube to remove footage from “Innocence of Muslims” which resulted in protests in the Middle East and North Africa. More here.
  • Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that the cybersecurity executive order is “close to completion.” More here.
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Center for Program Integrity is integrating the predictive analytics tools used to detect Medicare and Medicaid fraud. More here.

This post by was first published at CTOvision.com.

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