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Technology, security experts tell Senate committee that information sharing boosts cybersecurity

One expert cited a Washington Post article from last March that said that federal agents notified more than 3,000 U.S. companies in 2013 that their computer systems had been hacked – and likely more than once.

US-UK digital partnership strengthens

The United States and the United Kingdom are strengthening their digital partnership with plans to work more closely on delivering digital services, expanding open government efforts and increasing information technology training and Internet access.

Secret Service review calls for outsider to serve as next director

Only a director from outside the Secret Service will act independently of the agency's traditions and personal relationships, and "be able to do the honest top-to-bottom reassessment this will require," an independent panel said.

New federal water, ecosystem datasets available to help assess climate change impact

The White House, Interior Department and several other agencies this week released large government datasets on water and ecosystems as well as new geospatial tools to help communities prepare and cope with impacts from climate change.

White House releases report, toolkit to help communities deal with climate change impacts

On the heels of last week's U.S.-China deal to limit greenhouse gases, a White House task force is proposing several measures that  federal agencies can take to help communities better prepare for impacts from climate change.

White House dedicates $5.6B to counter ISIL

The Obama administration announced Nov. 7 it will request $5.6 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. The additional funding comes five months after the administration's original OCO request, which funds some Defense and State Department efforts, as well as other international programs.

White House launches API to make it easier for people to submit petitions

The White House recently launched the "write" application programming interface version of its petitions platform as a way for people to more easily submit signatures from other sites.

Federal labs to review safety in wake of anthrax, flu mishandling

By the end of next week, federal agency laboratories will have to have begun reviews of their safety practices in the wake of widely publicized lapses at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and elsewhere.

Obama names former Google exec Megan Smith as America's top technologist

President Obama Sept. 4 has named former Google executive and Silicon Valley veteran Megan Smith to become the nation's next chief technology officer, replacing Todd Park, who is returning to Silicon Valley to help the administration recruit top tech talent for the government.

DARPA seeks tiny implantable devices to regulate nervous system, treat diseases

DARPA's Electrical Prescriptions, or ElectRx, program is working on new, implantable, high-precision and minimally invasive technologies for adjusting nerve circuits to restore and maintain human health.