BETTER TECH, BETTER RECORDS: Both Republicans and Democrats are expecting technology platforms to change the way voters and officials interact with the upcoming Iowa caucuses. “Back in 2012, a series of reporting inaccuracies and missing reports from eight precincts led Republican leadership to mistakenly declare that Mitt Romney won the Republican caucus. Two weeks later, they announced that Rick Santorum won. Both parties hope a reporting app built by Microsoft will help sidestep a similar embarrassment,” Wired reports. “Precinct captains, who are the only ones authorized to use the app, will use it to enter the total number of caucus participants and how many participants vote for each candidate. For Democrats, the app also calculates how many members a group must have to be viable.”

BILL AIMS TO DISRUPT TERRORIST CHATTER: A new bipartisan bill would create a national commission to battle encrypted communications among terrorists. “House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., who serves on the Intelligence Committee, are set to brief reporters this week” on the measure, USA Today reports. “The panel would be made up of civil liberty and privacy advocates, law enforcement and intelligence officials, professors, lawyers, tech executives, and computer science and cryptography experts.”

POOR CYBER HYGIENE AT OPM: The Office of Personnel Management lacked strong cybersecurity protections ahead of the large-scale hack that hit the agency, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI. “The unclassified memo reveals just what computer security experts at DHS’ Computer Emergency Readiness Team and the FBI have learned from a hack that has roiled Uncle Sam’s personnel agency, infuriated lawmakers and changed the cybersecurity conversation in Washington,” FCW reports. “The quietly distributed, dispassionate analysis is arguably more instructive for information security professionals than the hours of congressional hearings that have been devoted to the breach.”