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Data Localization Requriements Pose Security Issues, Google's Salgado Says

Google has been a critic of data localization and at a panel discussion Thursday, the company’s director of information security and law enforcement laid out more details of the negatives he sees in such proposals by foreign countries. Among them: inefficiencies, cost and security issues.

Holder Resigns, Congress Reacts to His National Security Record

The nation’s chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., is about to officially announce his resignation (CQ.com subscribers’ link here), and while much of the reaction to his departure has focused on non-national security topics — his civil rights record, the IRS scandal — he played a role in a number of security-related issues during his tenure.

Feds Continue to Cite Healthcare.gov Security Concerns

Federal watchdog agencies are piling up concerns about limited security features of the healthcare.gov website, the primary portal for consumers in 36 states to sign up for federally subsidized health plans. Last week, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report noted that despite efforts to shore up security, the site is still vulnerable to attacks that could expose sensitive personal information. GAO officials responded to questions from lawmakers on security concerns last week in a House committee hearing (view committee session video).

Homeowner Asks IRS to Weigh in on Solar Tariffs

An Austin, Texas, man is pressing the IRS to review a utility program for residents who own rooftop photovoltaic panels.

Foxx Touts Reliable Bus Service As Economic Lifeline

In Jesse Jackson’s stump speech when he ran for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination were the memorable lines about the working poor: “They work hard every day. I know, I live amongst them. They catch the early bus.”

#ThrowbackThursday on the Carousel, Military Training Tool

Ah, the merry-go-round, an amusement park regular that delights all the children. Except the word “carousel” derives from Italian and Spanish words for “little war,” and used to be a tool for training the military — the subject of this week’s Throwback Thursday.

Without H-1B Visa Changes Microsoft May Continue Foreign Expansion

Over the last two days, the National Academy of Sciences held a series of panels for its discussion of “High-Skilled Immigration Policy and the Global Competition for Talent.” There to discuss the policy implications of an immigration overhaul was William Kamela, who served at the Department of Labor during the Clinton administration, and is now Microsoft’s federal policy lead for workforce readiness and immigration issues.

HHS Reports a Decline in Uncompensated Hospital Care

An objective of the health care overhaul’s provisions allowing states to expand coverage offered through the Medicaid program is the reduction in the burden on hospitals treating uninsured patients and the resulting hospital write-offs for uncompensated care. Hospitals are now beginning to recoup some the cost of treatment of previously uninsured patients through Medicaid, especially in states that have expanded the qualifications for Medicaid coverage.

Top Oil Train Regulator Is Stepping Down

The top regulator for oil by rail shipments is stepping down.

'Boobs on the Ground': Fox News on Female UAE Pilot

You stay classy, Fox News. The sexist “boobs on the ground” crack on “The Five” about the first female UAE fighter pilot was preceded by a “bad at parking” joke, too. At least Greta Van Susteren (@gretawire) called them out over it.

FCC's Clyburn, Rosenworcel Focus on Mobile & Paid Prioritization at Net Neutrality Forum

At a net neutrality forum Wednesday, FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s opening statement focused on mobile broadband while commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel focused her questions on paid prioritization.

Cheaper Solar, Fewer Incentives

Prices paid for consumer solar systems have continued to decline even as state and utility incentive programs ramp down.

Book: America Has Invaded, Fought in Nearly Half of the World's Countries

A new book concludes that America has fought in or invaded nearly half of the countries in the world, and has been involved with all but three of them militarily, one way or another. Sounds like a lot, maybe, but a similar book on Britain found that it had invaded or fought in nine out of 10 of the world’s countries. Of course, they’re older.

Toll Lanes May Become Issue In North Carolina Race

Charlotte, N.C., TV station WCNC is reporting that donors to Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis’s campaign could profit from a new exit on Interstate 77, which will serve a property called Augustalee in Cornelius, N.C.

Pentagon Shunning Dysfunctional Libyan Security Force, Expert Says

Libya’s new security force is, “by any definition,” a “train wreck,” a Middle East expert said Wednesday. And it’s so bad that the Pentagon — which has a planned role in training the force — is hoping it doesn’t move forward.

Health Law Tax Forms Hint at Complex Tax Season

Earlier this year the IRS unveiled draft individual and business tax forms for documenting compliance with requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The law imposes a tax penalty on persons that do have health insurance coverage but the provision is likely to impact only little more than 1 percent of taxpayers due to a wide-range of exemptions.

After Surge in Fatal Accidents, NTSB Urges Better Railroad Worker Briefings

The National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday recommended more thorough safety briefings after an increase in the number of railroad and mass transit maintenance workers killed in accidents in the last four years. There were 15 such fatalities last year.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, His Tech Interests & Five Guys

Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz sits on the House Judiciary subcommittee with jurisdiction over intellectual property and information technology issues, is a prolific user of Twitter and is interested in the intersection of security, technology and privacy.

Young Adult Health Spending Surges After Parent Health Plan Expansion

On Sept. 23, 2010, one of the first elements of the 2010 health care overhaul law started and it turned out to be one of the most popular features — at least in terms of driving access to health care services. The law allowed parents to add adult children on employer-sponsored family health plans.

Letting the Utility Company into Your Home & Business

Beyond smart meters and two-way distributed generation, the grid of tomorrow will incorporate control of the demand on the customer’s side of the meter with smart thermostats, electric cars that communicate with the grid and innovations that we have yet to develop, according to power experts.

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