The Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education launched a new database that helps users understand the accreditation status of higher education institutions across the country. With the database–named the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs–users can search by accreditation agency or by the institution for higher education.






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If Congress wants Federal agencies to get better at big data collaboration, they should start by fixing the outdated Privacy Act, according to Jessica Kahn, director of the data and systems group at the Center for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Services.






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Many Federal agencies oversee vast amounts of big data, from medical records to socioeconomic information. Seventy percent to 80 percent of data analytics work is preparing the data for its specific purpose, according to Adam Wilson, CEO of Trifacta, who spoke at Cloudera’s Government Forum on April 25.






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The fact that state actors are forced to use criminal, mercenary hackers in their cyber espionage and attack campaigns is a silver lining to law enforcement looking to identify and catch the perpetrators, according to Adam Hickey, deputy assistant attorney general for national asset protection at the Department of Justice.






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The Federal Communications Commission asked for nominations for its Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council, which will discuss the reliability of communications systems and infrastructure, Internet protocol-based 911 systems, emergency alerting systems, and national security and emergency preparedness communications systems.






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Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., wrote a letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to appoint qualified experts to the White House Office for Science and Technology Policy. Trump hasn’t appointed a science adviser, director for the OSTP, or a chief technology officer.






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President Donald Trump’s cybersecurity executive order will be announced in the near future, and will focus on the administration’s cybersecurity priorities of innovation, protecting critical infrastructure, and addressing international cyber norms, according to Robert Joyce, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator at the White House.






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Amit Lal, an electrical and computer engineering professor at Cornell University, is working with a group of students to create a device that can scan the surfaces of all 10 fingers in five minutes. His team is competing in the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s Nail to Nail Fingerprint challenge.






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The recent Office of Management and Budget agency reform plan will have a positive impact on government acquisitions, according to government officials who spoke at the Association for Federal Information Research Management’s speaker series.






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Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., introduced the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act, which directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology director to disseminate guidelines, tools, best practices, standards, and methodologies for small businesses to improve their cybersecurity.






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MeriTalk compiles a weekly roundup of contracts and other industry activity. Here’s what happened this week in the Federal Information Technology community.






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In the event of an IT disruption, the United States Postal Service (USPS) might not be able to run properly, meaning huge delays in sending and receiving mail, according to a recent inspector general report.






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