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Bid protest settlement for GAO

The Government Accountability Office settles its first bid protest from a vendor who didn't meet FedRAMP cybersecurity requirements.

Tags: protest , FedRAMP , SRA International , HHS

Friday - 09/26/2014, 09:16am EDT

Cary Russell, Director of Defense Capabilities, GAO

The F-22 Raptor made its combat debut against the Islamic State in Syria this week. The F-22 project cost about $70 billion over a decade. The Pentagon expects the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to be combat-ready in four years, and it's already the most expensive weapon system in Defense Department history. Cary Russell, director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office, estimates the cost of running the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. He told In Depth with Francis Rose after DoD activates the F-35 for combat, the cost could reach about $1 trillion.

Tags: DoD , In Depth , Francis Rose , Cary Russell , F-22 Raptor , Pentagon Solutions , F-35 Joint Strike Fighter , Pentagon

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:08pm EDT
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GAO decides one of first protests based on FedRAMP compliance

SRA loses its bid protest of the HHS award for cloud email services to InfoReliance. GAO says HHS' evaluation factors were reasonable and properly considered.

Tags: acquisition , industry , HHS , SRA , InfoReliance , cloud computing , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:27am EDT

Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

The Homeland Security Department is out of sync with the General Services Administration and their plan to consolidate DHS headquarters. Poor planning is causing cost overruns and delays, and the construction project still has another 12 years to go. David Maurer is Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office. He testified before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency about the progress on the $4.5 billion project, and shared his insight on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Dave Maurer , In Depth

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:24pm EDT
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Lawmakers debate future of DHS headquarters project

House Homeland Security Committee lawmakers and GAO highlighted funding shortfalls and a need to update plans. Meanwhile, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs majority issued a report detailing why its research shows Congress should make the DHS headquarters consolidation project a priority.

Tags: management , DHS , Congress , oversight , Tom Carper , GSA , Chris Cummiskey , real property , Jason Miller

Monday - 09/22/2014, 05:03am EDT

CMS sets new deadline to fix two dozen HealthCare.gov cyber shortfalls

Marilyn Tavenner, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator, promised House lawmakers Thursday that the site would be better protected when open enrollment begins in two months. The recent attack on the HealthCare.gov didn't succeed in stealing any data, DHS says. But some lawmakers say a year into the Affordable Care Act, the website still has basic cybersecurity challenges that should have been fixed.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , oversight , CMS , Darrell Issa , Gerry Connolly , Marilyn Tavenner , HealthCare.gov , Jason Miller

Friday - 09/19/2014, 04:17am EDT

Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

Your agency has six ways to guarantee good training and skill development for your employees, according to the Government Accountability Office. The Homeland Security Department is doing about half of those. David Maurer is Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how DHS should beef up its training programs.

Tags: Dave Maurer , In Depth

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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The state of Healthcare.gov cybersecurity

The oversight spotlight falls on Healthcare.gov and its cybersecurity this week. Wednesday, September 17th, sees the results of an investigation by the Government Accountability Office into the site's security controls. Thursday includes testimony from Marilyn Tavenner, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Her testimony includes analysis of a recent cyber attack.

Tags: HealthCare.gov , GDIT , GDIT Enterprise Center , HHS ,

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 03:37pm EDT

Is it all or nothing on General Schedule reform?

The number of job series should be reduced by at least half, and more likely by three-quarters, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal. It also makes for an arduous and overly complex hiring process for applicants from outside government.

Tags: GS system , Jeff Neal , workforce , OPM , general schedule , Congress

Monday - 09/15/2014, 10:20am EDT

GAO updates Green Book to help agencies navigate a risky time

GAO has released the first major revision since 1999 of the book on management controls. The update maintains the five major components of internal control from past editions, but it adds depth in the form of 17 principles. It is meant for both federal managers and auditors.

Tags: Jim Dalkin , Green Book , risk management , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 02:42pm EDT
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