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Cass Sunstein stepping down from OIRA

Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Cass Sunstein is returning to Harvard, where he was the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law before coming to the Obama administration in 2009.

Tags: Cass Sunstein , OIRA , Federal Drive , Jeff Zients , OMB , Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Friday - 08/03/2012, 10:43am EDT

White House shapes intellectual property protection ahead of year-end deadline

The White House is updating its 2010 trade secret theft and counterfeit product prevention strategy. The new plan will incorporate public input, which the administration is currently soliciting from stakeholders.

Tags: Victoria Espinel , intellectual property , technology , cybersecurity , industry , Supply chain management , Supply chain risks , Federal Drive , Esther Carey

Monday - 07/30/2012, 06:33pm EDT
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Ex-Commerce secretary won't be charged in hit-run

Prosecutors declined Tuesday to file criminal charges against former U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson, saying a seizure caused a bizarre series of traffic collisions that led to his resignation.

Tags: John Bryson , Commerce ,

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 08:56am EDT

White House threatens to veto spending bills over pay freeze, cuts

The White House has threatened to veto two key House spending bills because of severe spending cuts at some agencies as well as federal pay and workforce provisions. In statements of administration policy, the Office of Management and Budget said appropriations bills for both Financial Services and General Government and the Defense Department stray from previously agreed to budgetary caps

Tags: DoD , budget , OMB , House Appropriations Committee

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 10:07pm EDT

DHS improving aim to stop counterfeits at the borders

The Homeland Security Department is taking a two-pronged approach to protecting the federal supply chain. The first addresses the DHS mission cargo crossing into the U.S. The second is an interagency effort to ensure the government is working together on investigations. DHS said seizures of counterfeit goods at the border increased by 20 percent in 2011.

Tags: technology , David Heyman , DHS , Supply chain management , Counterfeit products , Intellectual Property Rights Center , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Jason Miller

Monday - 06/18/2012, 05:26am EDT
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Agencies, vendors ramping up to fight supply chain cyber threats

The White House, Congress, DoD and many others are trying to stem the tide of counterfeit products and software with malicious code from entering federal systems. The administration soon will release recommendations for how all agencies and vendors can improve the security of their products. DoD issued a memo in March requiring changes to how services protect their supply chains.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , industry , Victoria Espinel , DoD , Jon Boyens , NIST , Sandy Boyson , University of Maryland , Supply chain management , Supply chain risks , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/15/2012, 12:59pm EDT
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AFFIRM honors White House aide for cyber leadership

Heidi Avery is deputy assistant to the President for homeland security, on the National Security Staff.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , Heidi Avery , AFFIRM , Federal Drive , OMB

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 10:23am EDT

Obama administration sets housing agency pay caps

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.

Tags: HUD

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 02:48am EDT

White House directive behind Stuxnet virus

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.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , Stuxnet , New York Times , In Depth

Friday - 06/01/2012, 08:53pm EDT
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