The Pentagon is developing a ‘big mechanism’ for mining health data, while the FBI is in the market to purchase malware to help aid investigations. In addition, questions still linger about the launch of HealthCare.gov and FCW published its annual Fed 100 list. Be sure to read about this and much more in this week’s Federal News Round Up.
Pentagon Looking for ‘Big Mechanism’ to Mine Health Data
The Pentagon is planning to embark on a $45 million data mining program, which it calls a “Big Mechanism,” to track research into the biology of cancer and signal pathways for cancer cells.
The FBI Is in the Market for Malware
The FBI wants to buy viruses and other types of malicious software for assistance in cracking criminal cases. This effort will provide actionable intelligence to investigators in both criminal and intelligence matters.
Questions Linger About Launch Security of HealthCare.gov
Republican critics of the troubled launch of HealthCare.gov are continuing their probe into the site’s alleged security vulnerabilities and asking whether political appointees disregarded the advice of experts.
Pentagon Joins With GSA to Improve Cybersecurity in Acquisitions
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel joined General Services Administration chief Dan Tangherlini to unveil six recommendations for better protecting the government acquisition system from cyber attacks.
VA Launches Online Tool to Calculate Education Benefits
The Veterans Affairs Department has launched a new online tool that lets service members, veterans, and their families calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and get information about continuing education opportunities.
FCW Announces the Federal 100
FCW released its annual Federal 100 list of the most innovative government and industry executives who are driving major changes in federal IT.