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As the White House clamps down on excessive pay at public housing authorities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to set a maximum salary ceiling of $155,000 for public housing agency officials.
The New York Times reports the efforts, code name "Olympic Games", began during the Bush administration and one of the strings of code that accidentally became public became known as Stuxnet.
In an exclusive interview with Federal News Radio, White House Cyber Czar Howard Schmidt said a majority of the senior leaders in government understand the importance of securing agency, contractor and critical infrastructure systems. He said among his office's biggest accomplishments is moving the day-to-day cyber authority of federal civilian networks to DHS. Michael Daniel will replace Schmidt, whose last day is in early June.
The Industry Botnet Group — coordinated by the White House Cybersecurity Office and the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security — has posted nine principles, including coordination of cyber responsibilities across sectors and reporting lessons learned.
Andy Ozment returns to work with new cyber coordinator Michael Daniel. Ozment worked at DHS for the last year as director for compliance and technology.
Federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said the goal of the innovation fellows program is not for private sector experts to tell them what to do and do it, but mash-up with government innovators to tackle a long-standing challenge. Each of the five projects has specific milestones in the next six months.
The Presidential Innovation Fellows program will bring 15 experts into government to work on specific programs aimed at improving citizen-government interaction. According to Todd Park, federal chief technology officer, the administration has a certain kind of person in mind for the job openings. "What we are looking for are bad-ass innovators," he said.
White House technology officials could barely contain their enthusiasm. They said it was "terrific" that Twitter is supporting the new Do Not Track feature in web browsers. With just one clickm tweeters could stop Twitter from tracking the websites they visit.
A working group is developing common requirements for a federated cloud identity management shared service. NIH already showed how this could be done with its iTrust tools. The tiger team is expected to issue the common standards in the next few months.
The administration has tried to get in front of the debate over the information sharing aspects of one of the cybersecurity bills up for debate in the House Thursday. Democratic lawmakers and industry groups expressed concern over the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) arguing its provisions on what information is to be shared and with whom are too broad.
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