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FBI land swap concerns dominate GSA budget hearing

The plan to swap the FBI's current building in downtown Washington for an as-yet-unnamed site in the metro region is causing consternation on Capitol Hill. Some members used a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing to share their concerns with GSA's new leader, Denise Turner Roth.

Tags: Denise Turner Roth , GSA , Public Buildings Service , federal buildings , Ander Crenshaw , budget , St. Elizabeths Hospital , DHS , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 05:35pm EDT

Acting administrator says GSA 'stronger than ever before'

Acting Administrator Denise Turner Roth wants to build on the past successes of the General Services Administration. This includes a new Total Workforce Initiative to grow talent development at the GS-7 through GS-11 levels.

Tags: Denise Turner Roth , GSA , hiring , workforce , St. Elizabeths , federal buildings , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:32pm EST
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David Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

Taking 10 years to settle a whistleblower complaint could get a company in trouble with the Justice Department. But what if it's a Justice Department agency that takes so long? The Justice Department needs to improve how it handles whistleblower retaliation complaints from the FBI. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. David Maurer, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report.

Tags: David Maurer , GAO , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Justice Department , whistleblower

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 10:23am EST
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IGs ask Congress to strengthen oversight tools

Four inspectors general tell the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee they need legislative help in order to help them effectively oversee federal agencies.

Tags: Oversight , OIG , inspector general , Inspector General Act , Congress , Senate , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Michael Horowitz , Justice Department , John Roth , DHS , CIGIE , Ron Johnson , Claire McCaskill , Steve Linick , State Department , SSA , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 03:58pm EST

IGs face obstacles, delays in accessing agency records

A trio of inspectors general told the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform today about obstacles they routinely encounter in obtaining records as part of their investigations into potential wrongdoing.

Tags: Oversight , whistleblower , OIG , inspector general , Inspector General Act of 1978 , Michael Horowitz , Justice Department , EPA , Arthur Elkins , CSB , Kathy Buller , Peace Corps , sexual assaults , House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee , House , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:23pm EST

Robert Anderson, Executive Assistant Director, FBI

Even before recent swell of cyber attacks, the FBI was looking to beef up its cyber division to help better handle such threats. The agency is in the midst of a drive to find and hire more cybersecurity experts and turn them into special agents. Applications are due Jan. 20. Robert Anderson is executive assistant director of the FBI. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the push for new cyber agents.

Tags: Robert Anderson , Tom Temin , Federal News Radio , Cybersecurity

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 09:13am EST
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FBI deploys 30,000 Android smartphones to field offices

The FBI rapidly rolled out new devices-the vast majority running hardened Android operating systems-to the bureau's 56 field offices over the last four months. But officials are experimenting with commercial mobile devices for secret and top-secret data too.

Tags: technology , Cybersecurity , Mobile computing , David Rubin , AFCEA , Android , Samsung , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 05:13am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The FBI is a few weeks away from the finish line on one of the federal government's largest deployments of Android smartphones. Most of its field agents and analysts will get new devices and new security licenses. The next step is a new crop of mobile apps. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more details.

Tags: Jared Serbu , In Depth , mobile apps , smartphones

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 04:52pm EST
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Senators seek information on FBI cell tracking

Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday they were seeking answers from the Obama administration about federal law enforcement's use of surveillance technology that sweeps up basic cellphone data.

Tags: Senate Judiciary Committee , Patrick Leahy , Chuck Grassley , cell phone data , surveillance , privacy , technology

Thursday - 01/01/2015, 09:20am EST
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