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Agencies face tough challenges hiring, retaining cyber talent

Government agencies are having a hard time recruiting, training and retaining cyber and IT professionals. That's partly due to a lack of flexibility in the hiring process, according to a group of federal cyber execs.

Tags: GDIT Cyber Reports , GDIT Solutions Center , AFFIRM , Greg Wilshusen , David Bray , FCC

Friday - 05/23/2014, 09:54am EDT

Debra Draper, Government Accountability Office

The Veterans Affairs department's inspector general says it will take until August before it finishes investigating allegations of manipulated waiting lists in the Phoenix VA medical system and elsewhere around the country. But even if the investigation doesn't uncover intentional falsification, there is one thing we do know, based on the work of the Government Accountability Office: VA's data on medical appointment wait times is, at the very least, unreliable. And has been for years. Debra Draper, director of Health Care Issues at GAO, testified before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs last week and joins In Depth with Francis Rose (guest hosted by Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu) to discuss VA's issues with appointment scheduling.

Tags: Debra Draper , VA , In Depth

Monday - 05/19/2014, 05:16pm EDT
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Feds fast-tracking new system for keeping tabs on cleared personnel

In Part 4 of the special report, Questioning Clearances, Federal News Radio examines the government's plan to use new technology to keep better tabs on cleared personnel on a near, real-time basis. But some experts wonder whether such a plan could be implemented successfully in the swift timelines sought by the government.

Tags: oversight , security clearances , Questioning Clearances , continuous evaluation , OMB , ODNI , DoD , Marcel Lettre , Beth Cobert , Evan Lesser , Brenda Farrell , Bill Henderson

Sunday - 05/18/2014, 08:44am EDT
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Security review of healthcare.gov underway

The House Committee on Space, Science and Technology is asking for a top-to-bottom security review of the HealthCare.gov website. Committee chairman Lamar Smith is asking the Government Accountability Office to do the review.

Tags: GDIT Solutions Center , health IT , HealthCare.gov , Lamar Smith , House Committee on Space, Science and Technology

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 05:56pm EDT

Shinseki 'mad as hell' over veteran deaths, delayed treatment, but won't resign

The VA secretary promised the Senate Thursday that he will impose accountability for extended hospital wait times that may have led to veteran deaths, but not until investigations have run their course.

Tags: Jared Serbu , VA , Eric Shinseki , oversight , Jeff Miller , Carl Blake , management , Richard Griffin , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , Debra Draper

Friday - 05/16/2014, 03:40am EDT
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Air Force's progress raises DoD's confidence toward audit readiness

The Air Force does a 180 and now predicts it will meet the September and the 2017 financial management deadlines. Government auditors and Senate lawmakers agree the key to this effort is whether the Defense Department can upgrade and improve their track record in implementing ERP systems.

Tags: financial management , DoD , Bob Hale , Air Force , Jamie Morin , Robert Speer , Army , Asif Khan , audit readiness , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 04:24am EDT
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Concerns over quality continue to plague OPM's background investigations

Ten years ago, the federal government was faced with a crisis in managing security clearances: costly delays and backlogs in performing background investigations. The Office of Personnel Management stepped in and tremendous progress clearing the backlog and meeting strict new timelines mandated by Congress. But some critics now worry too much focus has been put on speed in the process and not enough attention has been given to quality. In our special report, Questioning Clearances, Federal News Radio examines why efforts to measure the quality of background investigations have stalled.

Tags: OPM , security clearances , background investigations , Brenda Farrell , Merton Miller , DoD , Questioning Clearances , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 02:00am EDT

David Maurer, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

No new recommendations when you're on the high risk list might seem like good news. But the Government Accountability Office says that's partly because it's already made more than 2,100 recommendations since the Homeland Security Department was stood up in 2003. The GAO's latest look at DHS high risk list items shows more than a third of them still need work. David Maurer, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office, is writing about some of the ongoing leadership problems that are keeping the department on the high risk list. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about it.

Tags: David Maurer , DHS , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 12:00pm EDT
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Seto Bagdoyan, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, GAO

The Office of Personnel Management's Innovation Lab needs to prove it's worth keeping around, according to the Government Accountability Office. GAO says the lab doesn't have performance metrics to show how much its ideas are actually helping other agencies. Seto Bagdoyan, acting director of audit services for GAO's Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, tells In Depth with Francis Rose your agency's innovative problem-solvers need help proving they actually exist.

Tags: Seto Bagdoyan , In Depth

Monday - 05/05/2014, 06:37pm EDT
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David Powner, Director of Information Technology Management Issues, GAO

Federal Chief Information Officer Steve Van Roekel rolls out the Smarter IT Delivery Agenda. Its goal is to improve the way federal agencies buy IT. Van Roekel introduced the agenda yesterday at a hearing about IT acquisition in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee. David Powner, director of information technology management issues at the Government Accountability Office, was a witness on the same panel as Van Roekel and GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what his primary message for the committee was.

Tags: David Powner , In Depth

Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:39pm EDT
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