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House Bill Would Set Higher Bar for Cloud-Stored Metadata Access

New legislation filed by Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., on April 20 would create additional legal protections for metadata generated by customers of online service providers and stored in cloud-based systems, in addition to the content of the electronic communications that they generate.

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Rep. Connolly Prepping Bill to Cut Feds’ Soaring Improper Payments

House Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerry Connolly, D-Va., said today he is preparing legislation that aims to reduce the Federal government’s ballooning improper payments rate – which amounted to at least $281 billion in fiscal year 2021 and was greatly exacerbated by fraud in connection with COVID-19 relief programs including unemployment insurance (UI) administered by states whose IT systems were overwhelmed by demand.

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Space Development Agency Awards $1.8B in Satellite Deals for JADC2 ‘Backbone’

The Space Development Agency (SDA) has awarded a trio of contractors a total of $1.8 billion of contracts to build a mesh network of interconnected space satellites that will form the basis of a high-volume data communications system expected to make up the “backbone” of its Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) network, SDA said in a release.

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WH Chief Scientist: Access to Internet Enables Reliable Data Collection

The internet enables the collection and responsible sharing of data to address challenges in the United States. To address the challenges of today, the nation needs data to be timely, relevant, and detailed according to White House Chief Scientist, Denice Ross.

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Sen. Markey Pushing Hard for Updated Data Privacy Laws

Pointing to harms that can result from the use of online data from children and teens, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. – an architect of early internet privacy laws – is continuing his years-long push for an update to data privacy laws to more comprehensively protect children in today’s digital landscape, and expand provisions of the law to protect all adults if possible.

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Army CDO Says More Data Plan Details Coming Soon

David Markowitz, the U.S. Army’s chief data officer and analytics officer, said today that the service branch is closing in on publicly releasing further details about its data plan including governance issues and major objectives.

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NOAA Using AI and Big Data to Predict Weather Disasters

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is utilizing AI and big data to predict weather disasters and alert the public in real-time, according to NOAA’s Chief Information Officer Zachary Goldstein.

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Education Department Updates College Scorecard to Include More Data

The Department of Education (DoE) has released new updates to its College Scorecard that are intended to make the tool more useful for students and families weighing college options. DoE said that updates may also be beneficial to school counselors, college access providers, researchers, and other critical stakeholders.

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