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Will hackers target grandma's pacemaker next?

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that during the recent Black Hat conference, a cybersecurity researcher demonstrated how he could hack his own insulin pump, and disable it

Wednesday - 08/24/2011, 01:21pm EDT

Pentagon puts 'faith' in achieving clean audit by 2017

Subhead: The Defense Department said preparing for an agencywide financial audit by 2017 is a good way to make sure every dollar counts in this budget climate. It is putting resources into training administrators and trying to improve its technology systems.

Wednesday - 08/24/2011, 06:47am EDT
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Sammies finalist helped DoD save $20B

Janet St. Laurent is the managing director for defense capabilities and management at the General Accountability Office and a Sammies finalist.

Tuesday - 08/23/2011, 03:34pm EDT
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GAO: Federal Protective Service IT overhaul behind schedule

David Maurer, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at GAO, explains why FPS is out of time and money.

Thursday - 08/18/2011, 05:20pm EDT
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Two firms protest GSA's email cloud RFP

GAO will decide the complaints by Oct. 17. Both companies say GSA's request for proposal is unfair because of its requirement for a government-only cloud.

Thursday - 08/18/2011, 03:55pm EDT

Thursday morning federal headlines - August 18

Today on the Federal Drive: The Defense Intelligence Agency wants to ease the revolving door so it's younger workforce can return if they depart and the GAO rates a Federal Protective Service project poorly.

Thursday - 08/18/2011, 08:08am EDT

GAO: FDIC suffers from weak information security controls

Weak information security controls have put financial systems at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation at risk, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Wednesday - 08/17/2011, 09:29am EDT

OPM takes on gender gap in federal pay

The gap in pay between genders is smaller in the federal government than in the private sector, but the Office of Personnel Management and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have reaffirmed their vow to reduce the remaining discrepancy in pay between men and women.

Wednesday - 08/17/2011, 06:31am EDT

OPM approves GAO buyouts

GAO will offer lump sum payments worth up to $25,000, as part of its workforce reduction plan. The agency is acting in anticipation of a smaller fiscal 2012 budget.

Tuesday - 08/16/2011, 05:58pm EDT

Monday morning federal headlines - August 15

On today's Federal Drive: Buyouts at the Air Force and the Government Accountability Office, new screening methods for traumatic brain injuries and a streamlining effort at NASA.

Monday - 08/15/2011, 08:17am EDT

GAO investigates rising insurance premiums

Higher bills for long term care insurance are coming at just the wrong time. Advice to manage it all from Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director at National Institute of Transition Planning.

Friday - 08/12/2011, 06:02pm EDT
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GAO plans to offer buyouts, early retirements

The Government Accountability Office joins a growing list of federal departments and agencies that wants to offer early retirements and voluntary separations to its employees. GAO said the move is in anticipation of a smaller 2012 budget.

Friday - 08/12/2011, 01:34pm EDT

Friday morning federal headlines - August 12

On today's Federal Drive: USPS announced it's considering massive job cuts, Veterans Affairs large-scale IT contract under siege from bid protests and expanded benefits to the post-9/11 GI Bill.

Friday - 08/12/2011, 08:20am EDT

GAO: State Department still has gaps in cybersecurity

The GAO found the State Department had improved real-time awareness of cyber vulnerabilites, however it still has some areas to cover, according to the watchdog agency's latest report.

Thursday - 08/11/2011, 10:05am EDT

Longer life drives long term care premiums

Longer life spans and limited interest among providers may have driven up premium costs under the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP).

Wednesday - 08/10/2011, 04:28pm EDT

Federal property deemed 'high-risk' due to overreliance on leasing

David Wise, the Government Accountabilty Office's director of physical infrastructure issues, joined the Federal Drive to discuss the agency's recent report that deemed federal real property high-risk because of an overreliance on leasing. GAO said it's often cheaper to actually own property rather than renting.

Wednesday - 08/10/2011, 10:10am EDT
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GAO: Acquisition planning must include cost estimates, best practices

The top four civilian agencies can do a better job in the planning stages for service contracts, according to a new Government Accountability Office.

Tuesday - 08/09/2011, 05:07pm EDT

GAO: State leaving security holes unplugged

The Government Accountability Office says a State Department program designed to help its managers mitigate IT risks fails to provide a complete view of those risks.

Monday - 08/08/2011, 06:39pm EDT

IBM protests $12B VA IT contract

IBM has protested the Veterans Affairs Department's multi-billion dollar information technology contract, under the Transformation 21 Total Technology (T4) program.

Friday - 08/05/2011, 04:51pm EDT

GAO: Agencies struggle with social media use

The Government Accountability Office says many of the 24 biggest agencies are still struggling with how to use social media effectively

Thursday - 08/04/2011, 05:52pm EDT
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