Reporters' Roundup: Data mining, DoD focuses on science and tech

Monday - 3/7/2011, 3:07pm EST

Mary Ellen Callahan, chief privacy officer, DHS

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Jared Serbu, Reporter, Federal News Radio

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These are the stories Federal News Radio reporters are working on today.

  • But with nearly every agency facing information overload, several say they are struggling with how to use the technology behind searching for patterns in data. A recent report by the Constitution Project offers agencies some help in managing the enormous amounts of data and how to set up data mining tools. Mary Ellen Callahan is the chief privacy officer at the Homeland Security Department. She tells WFED's Jason Miller about how her department deals with these challenges.

  • The Defense Department's Chief Technology Officer says DoD plans to focus its science and technology research dollars in seven areas in the coming years. And the Pentagon wants to get industry, academia and government all on the same page as it pursues work in those fields. WFED's Jared Serbu has the full report.