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DHS unification still high risk 9 years later

A check-up of how well the Homeland Security Department is unifying its 22 agencies finds the patient getting better, but still weak. The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management examined the agency's acquisition, human resources and financial management systems. While DHS has a roadmap for improvement, it may not have the tools to implement it.

Tags: DHS , homeland security , acquisition , financial management , House , technology , Rafael Borras , Bill Keating , Thomas Marino , David Maurer , GAO , Michael McCaul , Emily Kopp

Friday - 03/02/2012, 01:57pm EST
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Bill aims to overhaul wartime contracting

New legislation aims to implement some recommendations of the Commission on Wartime Contracting. Includes provisions that would automatically suspend contractors accused of wrongdoing in overseas contingency scenarios.

Tags: DoD , Senate , Commission on Waretime Contracting , acquistion , industry , contingency contracting , State Department , USAID , Claire McCaskill , James Webb , suspension and debarment , Past performance , Professional Services Council , Stan Soloway , Frank Kendall , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/02/2012, 05:09am EST
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Analysis: Competing bills offer different approaches to cybersecurity

Bob Dix, vice president for government affairs and critical infrastructure for Juniper Networks, joined The Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the new cyber bill introduced by Senate Republicans.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , John McCain , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Senate , Michael OConnell , Federal Drive

Friday - 03/02/2012, 11:02am EST
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GOP cyber bill takes hands-off approach to industry

Eight Republican lawmakers on Thursday introduced an alternative to a comprehensive cybersecurity bill the Senate expects to vote on soon. GOP senators say their approach avoids additional bureaucracy and encourages information sharing.

Tags: cybersecurity , FISMA , John McCain , Lisa Murkowski , Joe Lieberman , technology , DHS , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 03:54pm EST
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Light at end of tunnel: Sunshine or trainwreck?

For federal workers traveling through the congressional tunnel: Is that light they see sunshine or an oncoming train wreck? Either way their journey isn't over by a long shot, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay , benefits , Mike Causey , workforce , FERS , pay freeze , retirement contribution

Friday - 03/02/2012, 02:00am EST

Senators introduce alternative cybersecurity bill

The lawmakers believe the legislation, called the Strengthening and Enhancing Cybersecurity by Using Research, Education, Information, and Technology Act or SECURE IT, would be more collaborative and less regulatory than the bill introduced in February.

Tags: Senate , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , technology , Federal Drive , Harry Reid , Mitch McConnell ,

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 07:57am EST

Bill addresses problems found by Wartime Contracting Commission

The Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act of 2012 will attempt to fix many of the problems discovered by the Wartime Contracting Commission.

Tags: Claire McCaskill , Jim Webb , DoD , DoD Update , Senate , contracting , workforce

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 08:47am EST

Moran crafting bill to shake up Senior Executive Service

The federal government's top career folks would have to move out of their "comfort zones," under a bill that Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va) plans to sponsor to overhaul the Senior Executive Service. A new report shows nearly half of federal senior executives have never changed positions, contrary to what lawmakers envisioned when they created the SES in 1978.

Tags: management , workforce , retention , Jim Moran , SES , Partnership for Public Service , Carol Bonosaro , SEA , McKinsey & Company , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 06:14pm EST
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Senators clash over cybersecurity bill

Brendan Sasso, a staff writer covering technology for the Hill newspaper, said Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz) and Kay Bailey Huchison (R-Texas) are criticizing the comprehensive bill for putting too much emphasis on regulations rather than promoting information sharing.

Tags: Brendan Sasso , The Hill , cybersecurity , Kay Bailey Huchison , John McCain , Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , technology , Federal Drive ,

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 11:25am EST
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Congress blames itself for duplicative programs

Faced with a 423-page report from the Government Accountability Office detailing potential duplication, fragmentation and overlap in nearly every corner of government, lawmakers pointed a finger at themselves for reducing oversight of federal programs and trying to fix problems without understanding what solutions the government already offered.

Tags: GAO , Gene Dodaro , duplicative programs , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa , Tom Coburn , consolidation authority , Danny Werfel , OMB , management , Emily Kopp ,

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 05:57pm EST
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