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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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GAO: Shortfalls in DoD's cyber policy

Davi D'Agostino, director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at GAO, discusses highlights from the report.

Friday - 07/29/2011, 05:34pm EDT
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Friday morning federal headlines - July 29

On today's Federal Drive, DHS gets a new chief human capital officer, and the Senate ponders legislation governing online access agency reports and a Pentagon mentoring program.

Friday - 07/29/2011, 08:48am EDT

Analysis: What's the progress of the data center closings?

Mark Forman, the first E-gov Administrator at OMB, shares his thoughts on the progress of the data center consolidation and closings.

Wednesday - 07/27/2011, 04:11pm EDT
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GAO: DoD needs standard training for ballistic missile program

John Pendleton is the Director of Defense Capabilities & Management Issues at GAO. His agency's report found DoD must improve training for its Ballistic Missile Defense System.

Tuesday - 07/26/2011, 02:34pm EDT
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GAO decries 'decentralized' DoD cyber efforts

A recently declassified Government Accountability Office report found that Defense Department cybersecurity efforts are decentralized and spread across various offices. GAO recommends that the Pentagon set a timeframe to streamline its joint cyber operations.

Monday - 07/25/2011, 06:52pm EDT

More guidance needed for emergency telework plans

While the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 required agencies to include telework policies in their continuity of operation plans, GAO found agencies lack a definition of what "inclusion" means.

Sunday - 07/24/2011, 06:23pm EDT

GAO: DHS needs cost-benefit analysis in IT acquisitions

David Maurer, the director of homeland security and justice issues at GAO told Federal News Radio, the latest Government Accountability Office report on DHS acquisition contains three key areas for improvement, including better defined requirements and more testing and evaluation of technologies.

Thursday - 07/21/2011, 05:25pm EDT
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GAO: Training gaps in DOD missile defense

A new GAO report shows that DOD's Ballistic Missile Defense System lacks clear oversight on training and funding.

Tuesday - 07/19/2011, 06:12pm EDT

GAO gives annuities good grade; investors still wary

Charles Farrell, a principal with Northstar Investment Advisors, discussed the pros and cons of buying annuities. The Government Accountability Office recently released a report detailing various retirement strategies, including converting savings into an annuity.

Monday - 07/18/2011, 05:39pm EDT
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