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Less take-home for feds, retirees

Thanks to the 800-pound gorilla in the room, both federal workers and retirees may suffer a cut in take-home pay next year, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: mike causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , FEHBP , pay

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 02:00am EDT

Analysis: New cyber bill dials back regulatory aspects of earlier versions

Rob Strayer of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Homeland Security Project says the revised cybersecurity bill introduced in the Senate last week makes it voluntary for companies to comply with cybsecurity performance standards.

Tags: Rob Strayer , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Act of 2012 , Technology ,

Monday - 07/23/2012, 01:23pm EDT

Government accountants issue advice to Treasury to help clean up its books

After a year-long study, the Association of Government Accountants issued a report suggesting a dozen changes and steps that would improve how the U.S. Treasury Department tracks government-wide revenue, spending and the federal deficit.

Tags: GAO , Treasury Department , accounting standards , financial reporting , budget deficit , budget ,

Monday - 07/23/2012, 11:59am EDT

Ethics nominee asks Congress to change insider trading law

Walter Shaub Jr. said the STOCK Act could cause unintended consequences for federal employees' privacy and safety. Shaub said he favors revisions aimed at striking a balance between the need to protect personal information and the law's requirement to disclose stock trades.

Tags: STOCK Act , Walter Shaub , Sean Moulton , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , OGE , OMB Watch , transparency , accountability , Ruben Gomez ,

Monday - 07/23/2012, 06:13am EDT

Senators try compromise to get cyber bill passed

The revised Cybersecurity Act of 2012 removes DHS from having sole oversight authority of critical infrastructure and shares the responsibility across an interagency council. The bill also would make the implementation of cyber standards by critical infrastructure operators voluntary. The legislation encourages an incentive-based program.

Tags: Technology , cybersecurity , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Cybersecurity Act of 2012 , Critical infrastructure protection , FISMA , OPM , DHS , Cyber Workforce , Jason Miller

Friday - 07/20/2012, 05:28am EDT

Better reporting needed to curb cyber attacks

Victims need to speak up and report cyber attacks. That's the message from the Bipartisan Policy Center and top security officials, who say only a fraction of attacks are reported each year.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , industry , Technology , Bipartisan Policy Center

Friday - 07/20/2012, 03:59pm EDT

When the S (sequestration) hits the fan?

Is your work world about to change dramatically, or end? If Congress doesn't act quickly the S could literally hit the fan, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: mike causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , budget , Workforce

Friday - 07/20/2012, 02:00am EDT

GSA inspector probes $268K awards ceremony

Tags: GSA , Shakeup at GSA , House ,

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 04:10pm EDT

House chairman: Leaks not likely from Pentagon

The House Armed Services Committee chairman, speaking after a secret briefing from top defense officials on Thursday, said he did not believe the Pentagon was responsible for recent national security leaks.

Tags: DoD , Buck McKeon , House , House Armed Services Committee , John McCain , Eric Holder , leaks , national security , Leon Panetta

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 02:43pm EDT

FERC goes back to Congress again for more cyber oversight

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it needs authority to enforce cybersecurity standards. The agency also wants Congress to expand its jurisdiction over electric grid operators.

Tags: cybersecurity , Smart Grid , electric grid , Joseph McClelland , Greg Wilshusen , Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee , GAO , FERC , Information sharing , Ruben Gomez , Technology

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 05:12am EDT
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