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TechAmerica: Immediate threats to nation's cybersecurity

TechAmerica's Phil Bond testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations this week to explain what the most important cyber security concerns are today.

Tags: Phil Bond , TechAmerica , cybersecurity , technology , In Depth

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 06:35pm EDT

Congress: Rightsizing debate should include feds and contractors

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that federal contractors need to be a major part of the discussion on rightsizing the federal workforce. But, they have not yet come to terms with whether the debate is about just raw numbers or having the right number of employees doing an amount of work they can handle.

Tags: pay and benefits , industry , Stephen Lynch , Dennis Ross , Gerry Connolly , Cynthia Lummis , Tom Marino , William Dougan , NFFE , workforce , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 04:51pm EDT

Acquisition feds recalled from retirement

Agencies asked 125 annuitants for help last year with Army leading the way, bringing 44 retired federal workers back to help with acquisition processes.

Tags: contracting , pay and benefits , Dan Gordon , OFPP , Army , Air Force , DHS , USDA , acquisition workforce , annuitants , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/19/2011, 11:28am EDT

Hearing offers little clarity to campaign disclosure proposal

Republican House lawmakers are frustrated and concerned over the draft Executive Order requiring contractors to make campaign contributions public. OFPP's Dan Gordon declines to answer specific questions about the proposal, but said transparency is key to ensuring trust in the procurement system.

Tags: contracting , industry , Dan Gordon , Darrell Issa , Sam Graves , Elijah Cummings , Nydia Velazquez , Tim Walberg , House Small Business Committee , OFPP , White House , FEC , draft executive order , political contributions , Disclose Act , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/13/2011, 07:35am EDT
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DHS cancels $450M award to CACI

After GAO upholds one of the protests, the agency decides not to move forward with the contract to upgrade back-office systems.

Tags: technology , contracting , DHS , Todd Platts , CACI , GCE , financial management system , TASC , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/12/2011, 04:02pm EDT

Issa pledges to keep transparency sites online

A senior Republican lawmaker is optimistic that the Obama administration's transparency websites can be kept online.

Tags: technology , Darrell Issa , MB , E-Government Fund , Transparency , openness , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/13/2011, 08:25pm EDT
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OPM, Republicans continue battle over federal pay

Director John Berry pushes back against claims from members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that federal employees are overpaid. Rep. Issa called the pay freeze a "farce" and wants step-increases frozen for this year. Berry and Democrat lawmakers continue to make the case that feds deserve their salaries.

Tags: pay and benefits , John Berry , Jason Chaffetz , Dennis Ross , Stephen Lynch , Darrell Issa , OPM , federal pay , bonuses , performance system , CHCO Council , GS-System , Jason Miller , pay debate

Wednesday - 03/09/2011, 04:52pm EST
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White House should heed lessons of reorgs past

Nearly every President since Richard Nixon tried to revamp how the government works in one way or another, and few have found any real success. Experts say the focus should be getting Congressional buy-in first, and not promising cost savings. Four senior lawmakers ask OMB for more information on the status of the current restructuring effort.

Tags: management , Jeff Zients , Moira Mack , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , OMB , White House , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , DHS , John Kamensky , Dwight Ink , Janet Hale , Thomas Reinhardt , Jim Locher , Beryl Radin , Robert Tobias , Scott Fosler , IBM , Deloitte , CSC , Project on National Security Reform , American University , NAPA , Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise , government reorganization , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/09/2011, 07:44am EST
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OMB, oversight committee fail to connect

Rep. Issa and other Republicans criticize the administration for not testifying on GAO report on duplicative programs. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee promises quarterly hearings on how agencies are chipping away at the widespread overlap.

Tags: management , Darrell Issa , Connie Mack , Elijah Cummings , Jeff Zients , Gene Dodaro , OMB , GAO , Tom Davis , Deloitte , overlapping programs , cost cutting , Jason Miller

Friday - 03/04/2011, 07:19am EST
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USPS financial rescue may not stop 'death spiral'

Postmaster General Pat Donahoe said he's ready to announce more RIFs and without legislative help USPS will face insolvency this year. Sen. Susan Collins introduced a bill to help solve some of the challenges the Postal Services faces.

Tags: management , pay and benefits , Susan Collins , Stephen Lynch , Pat Donahoe , Darrell Issa , Dennis Ross , USPS , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , FERS , CSRS , budget , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/03/2011, 07:00am EST
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