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Steve Bucci, Heritage Foundation

Federal officials say Chinese hackers broke into the networks of the Government Accountability Office and the Government Printing Office back in March. While news of Chinese cyber attacks on federal agencies isn't unprecedented, the March attacks, first reported by the New York Times, have some observers scratching their heads. They say it's unclear why those two agencies would be targeted -- particularly in the case of GPO. Steve Bucci is director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation. He's also former deputy assistant Defense secretary. He said the attacks shouldn't come as a surprise on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Tags: Steve Bucci , Heritage Foundation , hackers , GPO

Friday - 07/18/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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NOAA faced with tough choices as hurricane-tracking planes near end of lifespan

NOAA planes used for tracking and forecasting hurricanes -- known as the P-3 Orion -- are reaching the end of their lifespan, according to a report published by the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: Commerce , NOAA , P-3 Orion , Shefali Kapadia

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 10:25am EDT

GAO: Pentagon needs to connect dots between workforce planning, budget needs

The Defense Department is getting smarter about workforce planning — making sure it has the right people with the right skills in the right positions. But DoD's five-year strategic workforce plan, released last fall, is short on details in a few key areas, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: workforce , DoD , Ron Sanders , Brenda Farrell , Jack Moore , acquisition

Monday - 07/14/2014, 06:41pm EDT

Brenda Farrell, Government Accountability Office

Over the past decade, Congress has stepped up pressure on the Defense Department to gather data about its civilian workforce, and to use that data to develop a strategic workforce plan. The Pentagon has a plan, but according to the Government Accountability Office, it has some gaps: It leaves out some of the information Congress mandated. DoD's workforce strategy doesn't appear to be tied to either its budget plans or its broader management strategies. Brenda Farrell is director of defense capabilities and management at GAO. She discussed the report on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Tags: Brenda Farrell , DoD , workforce , Congress , budget

Monday - 07/14/2014, 04:51pm EDT
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Federal cybersecurity update

Julie Perkins hosts a roundtable discussion of the latest developments in cybersecurity.
July 11, 2014

Tags: workforce , cybersecurity , cybersecurity framework , Cybersecurity executive order , Julie Perkins , Gregory Wilshusen , Ari Schwartz , John Lainhart , IBM Global Business Services , Alma Cole , The Performance Institute , Fed Talk , Shaw Bransford and Roth

Friday - 07/11/2014, 05:18pm EDT
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John Pendleton, Government Accountability Office

The Pentagon says it's time to trim down the size and the cost of its headquarters staff around the world. The Government Accountability Office says the size of the overall workforce at the Pentagon's combatant commands doubled over the past decade. Overall spending to support the command headquarters grew by almost $1 billion, too. John Pendleton is director of defense capabilities and management of the GAO. He explained DoD's reduction plan and recommended ways to shrink the workforce on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: pentagon , John Pendleton , workforce

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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New ‘hallways' lead to strategic sourcing expansion

Under the Obama administration's strategic sourcing cross-agency priority goal, new commodity managers will oversee "hallways" for information technology, administration and human resources across government. The hope is that the managers and their teams of experts will be able to offer guidance and best practices to agencies when it comes to strategic sourcing.

Tags: strategic sourcing , acquisition , technology , OMB , GSA , DoD , SBA , Strategic Sourcing Leadership Council , OS3 , Stephanie Wasko , cross-agency goals

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 05:54pm EDT

New ‘hallways' lead to strategic sourcing expansion

Under the Obama administration's strategic sourcing cross-agency priority goal, new commodity managers will oversee "hallways" for information technology, administration and human resources across government. The hope is that the managers and their teams of experts will be able to offer guidance and best practices to agencies when it comes to strategic sourcing.

Tags: strategic sourcing , acquisition , technology , OMB , GSA , DoD , SBA , Strategic Sourcing Leadership Council , OS3 , cross-agency goals , Stephanie Wasko

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 05:41pm EDT

Asif Khan, Government Accountability Office

The latest check on the Defense Department's push to full audit readiness uncovers a domino effect of problems. The Government Accountability Office says DoD didn't follow a plan to improve how it tracks contract payments. Asif Khan is Director of Financial Management and Assurance Issues at the GAO. Khan told In Depth with Francis Rose that because the Pentagon missed some steps of the plan, it's dealing with even more problems that could keep the agency from meeting an important deadline.

Tags: Asif Khan , DoD , auditability , In Depth , Francis Rose

Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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Belva Martin, Government Accountability Office

A group of foreign nationals working on one of NASA's major projects found a way to choose their own security clearances to gain access to sensitive technologies. The way they did it was pretty simple. NASA just let them do it. Belva Martin is director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office. In a new GAO report, she looks at NASA's supply chain security. She shared a few ways the agency can tighten up its grip on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Belva Martin , InDepth , NASA , oversight , security clearances , Supply chain management , Francis Rose

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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