CNET: White House reportedly eliminates top cybersecurity role. “Politico, The Hill and CNN report that the Trump adminstration has eliminated the White House position of cybersecurity coordinator, a role President Obama first established in 2009, at a time when hacks and cybersecurity threats weren’t as commonplace as they are today.” This is a terrible idea, and I’d be saying that even if we had President Fred Rogers.
University of Maryland: UMD, White House Correspondents’ Association, and Newseum Partner to Create Archive of Presidential Pool Reports. “The White House Correspondents’ Association and the University of Maryland today announced the creation of a unique new window into the world of the president and the press — a permanent and ongoing digital, searchable archive of presidential pool reports produced by White House correspondents.” The archive is expected to take a couple of years to put together.
CNN: Librarians digitally archive rare White House images. “In a nondescript office building steps away from the White House, a small team of librarians at the White House Historical Association is working on a massive puzzle. As of this week, the group has now spent two years chipping away at digitizing approximately 25,000 previously uncatalogued slides of photographs documenting years of White House history.”
The Hill: White House taking down petition website, pledges to launch new one. “The White House says it will take down a website that hosts petitions to the federal government, with a promise to restore it as a new site next year. The ‘We The People’ website, launched by then-President Obama in 2011, will be taken down on Tuesday at midnight, The Associated Press reported Monday.”
The Hill: White House launching redesigned website on Friday. “The Trump administration is launching a redesigned version of the White House website on Friday that it claims will save taxpayers millions of dollars every year. A White House official told the Washington Examiner that changes to the website’s security and maintenance procedures could end up saving American taxpayers as much $3 million annually.”
Fedscoop: White House missing opportunity to modernize federal websites, think tank says. “The White House’s directive for widespread federal tech modernization misses out on a key opportunity to improve agency websites, a D.C.-based technology think tank says in a new report. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation comes to this conclusion in its latest ‘Benchmarking U.S. Government Websites’ report, which in its second installment has once again found more than 90 percent of federal websites to be poor performing.”
ProPublica: Here Are the White House Visitor Records the Trump Administration Didn’t Want You to See. “The Trump White House tried to block public access to visitor logs of five federal offices working directly for the president even though they were subject to public disclosure through the Freedom of Information Act. Property of the People, a Washington-based transparency group, successfully sued the administration to release the data and provided the documents to ProPublica. You can search them below.”