If Congress wants Federal agencies to get better at big data collaboration, they should start by fixing the outdated Privacy Act, according to Jessica Kahn, director of the data and systems group at the Center for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Services.






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Many Federal agencies oversee vast amounts of big data, from medical records to socioeconomic information. Seventy percent to 80 percent of data analytics work is preparing the data for its specific purpose, according to Adam Wilson, CEO of Trifacta, who spoke at Cloudera’s Government Forum on April 25.






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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency needs to attract new tech talent with new ideas and a desire to work on something bigger and more important than the next popular dating app. One of the ways the agency hopes to do that is by continuing to work with the government’s own in-house innovation shop, 18F.






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The Department of Homeland Security’s compliance-based approach will shift to an individualized assessment of components’ threat posture, according to Danny Toler, acting assistant secretary for DHS’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications. Instead of relying on a “three-ring binder” approach, which standardizes cybersecurity requirements throughout an agency, Toler said DHS will appraise its entities’ cyber stances […] […]

Federal agencies are hemorrhaging billions of dollars every year due to fraud, waste, and improper payments, according to the Government Accountability Office. And the problem may be getting worse. MeriTalk spoke with a wide range of private sector experts about how the government can begin to reverse this trend.






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