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Serious doubts remain about VA's ability to secure veterans' data

A recent briefing between the House Veterans Affairs Committee, VA IT executives and DHS ended with the lead majority staff member walking out before the meeting ended. The rising tensions between the House Veterans Affairs committee's majority and VA come as a report surfaced showing veterans are at a higher risk of identity theft than the average citizen.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , VA , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , ID Analytics , identity theft , Eric Hannel , Stephen Warren , Jeff Miller , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 08:32pm EDT
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DHS official Bruce McConnell to return to private sector

Bruce McConnell announced today his intention to leave the Homeland Security Department in August after spending more than four years in an assortment of senior cybersecurity positions. He will be third senior ranking cyber official at DHS to leave since January.

Tags: Bruce McConnell , DHS , cybersecurity , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 03:13pm EDT

Hiring reforms thriving despite freezes, early outs

In an exclusive Federal News Radio survey, agency chief human capital officers said the hiring reforms instituted by the Obama administration are working. Most respondents said it now takes their agencies 46 to 100 days, on average, to hire new employees. Hiring reforms also have improved diversity at agencies and the ability to bring on more talented employees. At the same time, CHCOs said sequestration is impacting their ability to train and complete HR projects.

Tags: CHCO , CHCO Council , CXO Surveys , Jeri Buchholz , NASA , hiring reform , hiring freeze , buyouts , sequestration , Jason Miller , In Depth , Francis Rose , exclusive

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 06:08am EDT
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EPA CIO Jackson returning to private sector

Malcolm Jackson, the Environmental Protection Agency's chief information officer and assistant administrator in the Office of Environmental Information, will leave government after three years.

Tags: people , technology , Malcolm Jackson , EPA , Jason Miller , exclusive

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 05:13am EDT

Agencies improving security of IT networks slowly, but surely

The White House released updated progress report on the cross-agency cybersecurity goals and found most agencies improved. The administration said more agencies are using smart cards to log onto their networks and more are implementing continuous monitoring.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , OMB , White House , Andy Ozment , cross-agency goals , HSPD-12 , TIC , continuous monitoring , Jason Miller , exclusive

Monday - 06/10/2013, 05:26am EDT
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VA's security shortcuts put millions of veterans' data at risk, former VA cyber official alleges

The Veterans Affairs Department denies claims that systems or data are in danger. But Jerry Davis, the former deputy assistant secretary for information security in VA's Office of Information and Technology, asserts in documents that he was bullied into signing security certifications that were deficient as a condition of his departure from VA for a new job at NASA.

Tags: exclusive , technology , cybersecurity , management , VA , Jerry Davis , Stephen Warren , Roger Baker , Mike Michaud , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , Jason Miller , veterans , information security

Monday - 06/03/2013, 06:01am EDT
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Forecasting the retirement wave: What's behind the flubbed predictions?

A federal retirement tsunami has been predicted for years but never quite materialized. In our special report, "Retirement Conundrum," Federal News Radio reexamines the trends and developments that led to the botched predictions and what it means today with a recent uptick in retirements reviving old worries.

Tags: retirement , OPM , Retirement Conundrum , workforce , pay and benefits , John Palguta , Jeff Neal , Peter Leeds , Partnership for Public Service , MSPB , Dave Snell , NARFE , Jack Moore , exclusive

Wednesday - 05/29/2013, 05:00am EDT
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VA's Gould moves the needle on many of VA's toughest challenges

Scott Gould's last day as the deputy secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department is today. In four years, Gould said he believes VA is a better place and does more to help veterans. He said the claims backlog is unacceptable, but the agency is making progress.

Tags: management , Scott Gould , VA , veterans disability claims backlog , VBMS , labor-management relations , veterans homelessness , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 05/17/2013, 05:27am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: The CIO shuffle continues; the last E-gov benefits report?

News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

Tags: technology , Inside the Reporters Notebook , people , DoT , State , USDA , OMB , e-government , Cheryl Cook , Lisa Schlosser , Richard McKinney , Steven Taylor , GSA , Dave McClure , Jason Miller , exclusive

Monday - 05/13/2013, 06:14am EDT

OMB's Metzenbaum leaves behind an invigorated performance culture

Shelley Metzenbaum's last day was Friday after four years at OMB as the associate director for personnel and performance. She said agencies understand now, more than ever, that setting goals and measuring their performance against them makes a big difference in how they meet their missions.

Tags: management , Shelley Metzenbaum , OMB , performance agenda , data-driven analysis , Performance Improvement Council , Jason Miller , exclusive

Monday - 05/06/2013, 05:56am EDT
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