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Despite Obama directive, agencies maintain ad-hoc approach to unclassified information

Congressional report points to misuse of TSA's "sensitive security information" designation for unclassified agency data.

Tags: information security , controlled unclassified information , TSA , Annmarie Lontz , John Mica , Darrell Issa , Patrice McDermott , John Fitzpatrick , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/30/2014, 12:00pm EDT
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IG concludes VA's systems, data remain at risk

The 2013 FISMA report to Congress shows the Veterans Affairs Department continues to struggle with cybersecurity and has more than 6,000 items on its plans of actions and milestones and continued weaknesses in access and configuration management controls. VA CIO Stephen Warren details several initiatives to address many of the 35 recommendations.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Veterans Affairs , oversight , FISMA , Stephen Warren , VA Cyber Efforts in the Hot Seat , jason miller

Friday - 05/30/2014, 04:11am EDT

Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

HR 4031 waits for a vote in the Senate after the House passed it last week. It would give the secretary of Veterans Affairs the power to fire senior executive service members for performance issues. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, says the simple language of the bill could turn into a huge headache for the entire department.

Tags: Jeff Neal , ICF International , In Depth ,

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 06:28pm EDT
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Both houses of Congress deal blows to DoD's cost-cutting proposals

The House passed its version of the annual defense authorization bill Thursday, while the Senate's is still a work in progress. Both versions mostly shun DoD's proposals to cut costs during sequestration.

Tags: House , Senate , budget , Carl Levin , James Inhofe , Buck McKeon , Adam Smith , sequestration , DoD , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/23/2014, 03:32am EDT
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House passes curbs on NSA phone surveillance

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Friday - 05/23/2014, 10:54am EDT

House bill extends agency authority to rehire retired feds

A measure included in the massive Defense policy bill approved by the House Thursday would ensure agencies maintain the flexibility to bring federal retirees back on board on a part-time basis. An amendment to the 2015 Defense Authorization Act, introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), extends the authority for agency heads to rehire retirees without specific approval from the Office of Personnel Management.

Tags: workforce , hiring , retirement , Gerry Connolly , House , Jack Moore

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 05:06pm EDT

How to make the federal workforce feel respected once again

People work better and more efficiently when they feel respected. And lately, Congress hasn't done a lot to make federal workers feel valued, says Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in a column written for Federal News Radio's special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees. But, Tester says, he has a plan to start changing that low morale.

Tags: jon tester , Senate , workforce , morale , Trust Redefined , hiring , retention

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 04:00am EDT
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What's the latest on Capitol Hill?

NARFE's Chris Farrell joins host Mike Causey to talk about some of the bills introduced in Congress that affect federal workers.
May 21, 2014

Tags: pay and benefits , COLAs , budget battle , Chris Farrell , NARFE , retirement benefits , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 05:43pm EDT
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