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Department of Justice News

DHS lets out its 'inner MacGyver' in move to agile IT development

Luke McCormack, the DHS chief information officer, said the combination of budget and technology has pushed the department toward a better approach to application development. The most recent example is the Citizen and Immigration Services' major procurement calling for a widespread use of agile development processes across several enterprise support services.

Friday - 05/29/2015, 04:22am EDT
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Melanie Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, Justice Dept.

The government's Freedom of Information Act request backlog grew for the second straight year by a lot. But the annual FOIA report from the Justice Department's Office of Information Policy shows that only a few agencies account for both the increase and the 200,000-case backlog. Melanie Pustay, director of the Office of Information Policy at the Justice Department, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report and how those agencies will dig themselves out of the hole they're in.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 09:22am EDT
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FBI chief of staff tapped as acting DEA administrator

A former U.S. attorney and current chief of staff to the FBI director has been named acting director for the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Chuck Rosenberg will replace ousted DEA chief Michele Leonhart.

Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 05:40pm EDT

Michael Horowitz, Inspector General, Department of Justice

Aging inmates are putting a strain on the Bureau of Prisons. That's according a new report from the Justice Department's Inspector General. The IG found older inmates incur greater medical costs, and that many prisons aren't properly equipped to handle a geriatric inmate population. Michael Horowitz is the Justice IG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more from the report and how the Bureau of Prisons might respond.

Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 09:39am EDT
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Bryce Pippert, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

The Treasury Department and White House have issued long-awaited guidance for agencies to fulfill the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. The law was enacted a year ago, and requires agencies to use standard formats for financial information so they, and the public, can more easily track spending on contracts, grants and loans. Bryce Pippert, a financial data expert and principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain on what this all means, and how it's different from current agency practices.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 04:17pm EDT
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Justice gets $9M back from bankrupt vendor, GCE

Global Computer Enterprises agreed to settle allegations under the False Claims Act with the government by paying a fine. GCE filed for bankruptcy in September while also receiving $23 million from GSA and Labor to buy back financial management systems and data.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 12:47pm EDT

Agencies: Record-setting FOIA backlog out of control

Federal agencies are getting better at processing Freedom of Information Act requests. The record-setting backlog is just an anomaly out of their control, the Justice Department says.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:10pm EDT

FOIA backlog almost doubles within a year

The Justice Department said the backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests rose about 70 percent between FY 2013 and 2014, for a total of 160,000. The vast majority of the backlog belongs to less than a third of federal agencies, with 72 agencies posting a backlog of fewer than 100 FOIA requests.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 06:19pm EDT

Todd Akers, Vice President of Public Sector, Acquia

A lot of people today have their heads in the cloud the digital cloud that is. And if open-cloud providers like Acquia have their way, more in the government will follow suit. Acquia itself had some progress on that front recently, securing deals with the Justice Department and other government entities to use its Drupal open-cloud software. Todd Akers is the vice president of public sector at Acquia. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained how Drupal came to be.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 03:36am EDT
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Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general

Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general in divided Senate after months-long delay

Friday - 04/24/2015, 12:10pm EDT

DEA chief to retire amid pressure over agents' sex scandal

DEA chief retiring amid mounting pressure on Capitol Hill to resign in wake of agent scandal

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 10:28am EDT

AG Eric Holder: Prostitutes are off limits for Justice employees

Attorney General Eric Holder issued a memo to Justice Department employees reminding them that soliciting a prostitute can lead to suspension and termination. The memo is in response to a recent inspector general report that examined allegations that DEA agents attended sex parties with prostitutes on government-leased property while stationed overseas.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 05:30pm EDT

White House adds another layer to executive cyber powers

President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order giving agencies the ability to recommend economic sanctions against cyber attackers and their supporters. As the President signed this latest order, Congress seems closer than ever to passing a cyber information sharing bill.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 03:59am EDT
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Justice Dept.: No contempt charges for former IRS official

The Justice Department won't seek criminal contempt charges against Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of a controversy over how the agency treated conservative political groups.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 03:02am EDT

Agents probing drug site accused of taking online currency

US agents accused of stealing $1 million in digital currency during online black market probe

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 08:40pm EDT

Watchdog report faults DEA handling of sex party allegations

Justice Department watchdog report faults DEA handling of sex-party allegations

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 11:50pm EDT

NFL hires former ATF chief Jones as counsel

The NFL has hired B. Todd Jones, the recently resigned director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to oversee player discipline.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 08:32pm EDT

FOIA backlog casts a dark cloud on Sunshine Week

Dan Metcalfe, former director of the Justice Department's Office of Information and Privacy, said agencies aren't clearing FOIA backlogs up to President Barack Obama's standards.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 11:08am EDT

Melanie Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, DOJ

The Justice Department wants every federal employee to understand his role when it comes to the Freedom of Information Act. Sunshine Week begins next week, and DOJ is reinforcing the concept through a set of new tools and training. Melanie Pustay, director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how her office works to ensure there's a broad understanding of every employees' expectations when it comes to FOIA.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 05:28pm EDT
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New DoJ training reinforces the shared responsibility of FOIA

Melanie Pustay, the director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department, said the tools and e-learning modules are focused on everyone from new employees to senior executives. DoJ rolled out the new education concepts ahead of Sunshine Week, which promotes open government.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 03:44am EDT
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