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Tuesday federal headlines - May 7, 2013
Tuesday - 5/7/2013, 9:51am EDT
- A major federal software vendor is shifting away from packaged sales and
moving to the cloud. Adobe Systems says it will
no longer sell Photoshop, Illustrator and other design tools as disks in a shrink-
wrapped box. Instead, it wants customers to purchase monthly subscriptions to
cloud-hosted software. That way, users will always have the latest versions and
updates. Users won't be able to download copies to their machines from Adobe's
website. Adobe launched its software as a service, dubbed Creative Cloud, a year
ago. Users who sign up now receive a monthly subscription rate of $39.99.
- A federal courthouse in Manhattan is
getting a security upgrade nearly a dozen years after the Sept. 11th terrorist
attacks. A 4,500-square-foot glass-and-steel structure will be built outside the
courthouse. Security officers will screen people for weapons and explosives there.
Chief Judge Loretta Preska said the General Services Administration had to "scour
the country" for $10 million left over from other projects. Several terrorism
trials have been conducted at the courthouse. It's just a few blocks from the
World Trade Center site. Construction will begin this fall and end in April 2015.
(Federal News Radio)
- In a first, the Securities and Exchange Commission has gone after a city. The
SEC charged Harrisburg, Pa., with securities fraud. Without admitting the charges,
the city agreed to settle, and the SEC levied no fines. According to the SEC
order, Harrisburg misled buyers of municipal bonds about how bad its fiscal
condition was. Harrisburg, the state capital, missed $14 million in interest
payments to bond holders. The SEC says the city is nearly bankrupt. Harrisburg is
operating under state receivership. The SEC has put all public officials on notice
about misleading information in bond sales. (SEC)
- Some furloughed federal employees could offset their forced time off with
annual leave. But new guidance from
the Office of Personnel Management says that's only doable in narrow
circumstances. In general, feds are barred from converting furloughs into annual
leave. That's true even if the agency later finds the furloughs were unnecessary.
Annual leave does apply to people who take furlough days early, before the agency
declares it has money to cover the time off. OPM cites this example. You were
required to take 22 days, but only eight in April. If you took all 22 in April,
and then the furlough is canceled, you can substitute for annual leave.
(Federal News Radio)
- The Homeland Security Department is shopping for an identity-management system that lets employees use their smart ID cards to get into buildings and log onto computer networks. The department wants a system that can support at least 300,000 employees and contractors at hundreds of workstations spread throughout the country. The George W. Bush administration issued a presidential directive telling agencies to implement this type of system nearly a decade ago. Like many agencies, DHS has moved slowly. Government auditors say most agencies use the cards as "glorified ID cards" without the full capabilities. (Federal News Radio)