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As cyber attackers get more sophisticated, so must agencies' protections

Cyber criminals are adjusting so quickly that it's become an 'arms race' between them and agency technology officers trying to guard against threats. During a recent Federal News Radio panel discussion, officials shared expertise and tactics for protection.

Tags: Bob Bigman , Darren Van Booven , Ben Rubin , Lance Dubsky , Tony Cole , cybersecurity , hackers , IT , technology

Friday - 07/18/2014, 02:29pm EDT

EPA union objects to Administrator's call to make firing employees easier

The Environmental Protection Agency's administrator recently mentioned the administrative obstacles of firing employees and suggested Congress change the law. One of the unions representing EPA employees is now responding in a letter that blames management, not employees for agency problems.

Tags: EPA , Gina McCarthy , House Oversight Committee , firing , union , AFGE ,

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 04:12pm EDT

Feds given more flexibility updating FEDVIP plans

The Office of Personnel Management just issued a final rule that lets a subset of federal employees enroll in or switch dental and vision plans outside of the open enrollment periods. The amendment goes into effect next month.

Tags: OPM , FEDVIP , FEHB , dental/vision plans , QLE , enrollment , married , pay and benefits , workforce

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 11:21am EDT

Baltimore VA office mismanaged thousands of documents, claims folders

A report by the Veterans Affairs' Inspector General's office found that a regional supervisor stockpiled about 8,000 veteran-related documents, and that paperwork with sensitive personal information was poorly handled.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Allison Hickey , Linda Halliday , inspector general , mismanagement , VARO , Baltimore , veterans , mail , claims folders

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 12:05pm EDT

TSP scores high, flexible spending low in latest federal employee benefits survey

While federal employees gave high marks on usefulness and importance to the Thrift Savings Plan, only a small percentage said they had flexible spending accounts because they saw little value in the program. The results are part of a survey that OPM has been doing since 2004 to gauge worker opinions on the health and wellness benefits it offers.

Tags: benefits , OPM , survey , TSP , flexible spending accounts , long-term care insurance , FEHB , NARFE , David Snell

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 03:30pm EDT

House passes bills tackling DHS communications during disasters

Legislation passed by the House creates a social media working group for the Department of Homeland Security, and adds in requirements and accountability processes to improve interoperability across the agency.

Tags: DHS , interoperable communications , social media , House , bill , working group , Susan Brooks , Donald Payne , Congress , emergency preparedness

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 12:53pm EDT

Committee outlines drastic changes to military as it works toward pay and benefits recommendations

A specially-formed commission tasked with modernizing military compensation released an interim report in anticipation of its full recommendations due in February. The document reviews massive changes that have occurred since the military switched to an all-volunteer force in 1973.

Tags: military compensation , pay and benefits , Dan Goure , DoD , Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 05:18pm EDT

IRS 'took reasonable steps' to implement sequestration cuts

From hiring freezes and furlough days, to cuts to travel and equipment upgrades, the IRS generally 'took reasonable steps' to plan for sequestration, according to a new audit.

Tags: sequestration , IRS , audit , budget , TIGTA

Friday - 06/20/2014, 10:53am EDT