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White House directs agencies to make employment and training programs more job-driven

Since the federal government invests $17 billion annually into employment and job-training programs, the White House is directing agencies to incorporate a series of elements that would help businesses better meet hiring needs and workers improve their outcomes.

White House releases plan to improve use of and access to data from Earth-observation systems

The White House has released a new plan to better coordinate how the government conducts, manages and maintains its Earth-observing scientific systems.

Obama top tweep in new "Twiplomacy" study, but the Pope may be more influential

While President Obama might be struggling with his popularity in the United States, he's number one on Twitter. As of June 25, Obama (@BarackObama) tops a world-leader list with 43.7 million followers. Pope Francis (@Pontifex) is a distant second with 14 million followers on nine different language accounts, according to a 2014 global study by the global public relations and communications firm Burson-Marsteller.

White House directs agencies to lay out flexible work schedule options

Agencies need to better offer telework, flexible schedules and childcare options to employees to attract and maintain a talented workforce, a June 23 White House memo says. "We should build on our record of leadership through better education and training, expanded availability of workplace flexibilities and work-life programs, as appropriate, and improved tracking of outcomes and accountability," the memo says.

Obama administration satisfied with cybersecurity regulations

The Obama administration doesn't need to develop new cybersecurity regulations, a review by the administration has concluded. Voluntary implementation of the cybersecurity framework that the National Institute of Standards and Technology released in February will suffice for now.

FCC's net neutrality proposal stirs dissent in Congress

The Federal Communications Commission's new proposal on net neutrality has provoked concern from Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

Big data report asks Obama to push data breach legislation, consumer privacy protections

Big data poses a serious risk to consumer privacy and challenges corporations to responsibly handle security –two issues that need prompt attention and policy development from the White House, recommends a May 1 report (pdf) from the White House on big data.

White House unveils Veterans Employment Center

T​he White House launched a website April 23 that aims to connect veterans and service members with employers. The Veterans Employment Center will provide public- and private-sector employers looking to hire veterans, service members and their spouses a database of resumes to search from.

PCAST report on spectrum proving transformative, says White House official

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology submits recommendations regularly to the White House, but few have been as well received across government and as actionable as a July 2012  report on spectrum usage, says a senior official.

White House to propose ending NSA bulk telephony data storage

The Obama administration plans to propose legislation that would end the bulk collection of telephony metadata by the intelligence community, as it currently does it.