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White House wants tighter rules for cyber information sharing

The administration has tried to get in front of the debate over the information sharing aspects of one of the cybersecurity bills up for debate in the House Thursday. Democratic lawmakers and industry groups expressed concern over the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) arguing its provisions on what information is to be shared and with whom are too broad.

Tags: technology , White House , Mike Rogers , Dutch Ruppersberger , cybersecurity , information sharing , Critical infrastructure protection , Congress , Senate , Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/23/2012, 08:24pm EDT

Bill makes customer service part of feds' evaluations

The provision is one of many in a new bill passed out of a House committee last week to boost customer service at federal agencies. The Federal Customer Service Enhancement Act or H.R. 538 would direct the Office of Management and Budget to set customer service standards and name someone to be a customer relations representative at each agency.

Tags: Henry Cuellar , House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , customer service , GPRA Modernization , Federal Drive , workforce , management

Monday - 04/23/2012, 10:38am EDT
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Cybersecurity bills would streamline standards writing, research

Four cybersecurity bills will be considered in the House next week, calling for more coordination in developing unclassified computer networks and in writing cybersecurity standards.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Congress , In Depth

Friday - 04/20/2012, 09:27pm EDT

House to vote on partial retirement for feds

In a rare bipartisan move, the House oversight committee voted to bring a bill allowing phased retirements of federal employees to the floor for a general vote.

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , Congress , Darrell Issa , NTEU , Federal Drive , TSP , Gillian Brockell

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 09:12am EDT

House committees pass two cybersecurity bills

The Homeland Security Committee passed the Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Act.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , technology , Federal Drive , Congress ,

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 11:39am EDT

Denham: GSA must 'justify their existence'

Current and former General Services Administration this week faced tough questioning from lawmakers on a $823,000 tab to taxpayers for a 2010 conference in Las Vegas. But this example of lavish spending is only the latest incident in the "horrible track record" at GSA and raises the question if the agency needs to be restructured or dismantled altogether, argues one lawmaker.

Tags: Jeff Denham , Eleanor Holmes Norton , GSA , In Depth

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 10:29am EDT
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House committee marks up cybersecurity bill today

The House Committee on Homeland Security will mark up the Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness Act of 2011 today. All members of the House got a snapshot of the nation's cyber threats yesterday in an interagency briefing.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , update , Congress , House Committee on Homeland Security , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 09:36am EDT

Suspended GSA commissioner created culture of silence on lavish spending

A former General Services Administration executive created a culture of lavish spending and fear among his employees who spoke up against him according to testimony in a House subcommittee hearing today.

Tags: GSA , Congress , Jeff Denham , Bob Peck , Martha Johnson , Stephen Leeds , Brian Miller

Tuesday - 04/17/2012, 01:19pm EDT
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Former GSA officials to appear before House committee, but not expected to say much

Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoenas Jeff Neely, PBS region 9 commissioner, to appear. Along with Neely, PBS Deputy Commissioner David Foley and former Administrator Martha Johnson are on the witness list. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee also is expected to hear from GSA Deputy Administrator Susan Brita, CFO Alison Doone and event planner Lisa Daniels.

Tags: management , GSA , Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , Senate Environment and Public Works Commitee , Congress , Senate , Jeff Neely , David Foley , Martha Johnson , Bob Peck , Susan Brita , John Mica , Brian Miller , Shakeup at GSA , oversight , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/16/2012, 06:00am EDT
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