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Former national security adviser calls for streamlined DHS oversight

Homeland security has improved, but the reforms mean DHS reports to 108 oversight committees and subcommittees, leading to wasted hours at hearing after hearing.

Tags: Fran Townsend , In Depth , congressional oversight , DHS , Congress ,

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 09:32pm EDT

DHS chief privacy officer steps down

Mary Ellen Callahan plans to move back to the private sector to practice law after three years of service to the federal government. Callahan made rigorous privacy safeguards the norm during her time at DHS.

Tags: Mary Ellen Callahan , Jonathan Cantor , people , Daniel Akaka , DHS , privacy

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 05:50am EDT

Federal agencies owe the IRS at least $28M in fees

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration evaluated six random reimbursable agreements IRS made with agencies and found a lot of money went uncollected.

Tags: Financial Management Service , CFO , TIGTA , Russell George , IRS , Pamela LaRue , oversight , best practices , financial management

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 05:35am EDT

Former OFPP officials say government in state of 'paralysis'

Former officials from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy say agencies need to get out of the ditch they have dug for themselves by taking multiple-award contracts the wrong way.

Tags: industry , acquisition , contracts , GAO , MAC , best practices , Rob Burton , Venable , Allan Burman , Deidre Lee , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council ,

Friday - 07/27/2012, 05:24pm EDT

GAO, FPS disagree over ability to assess federal building risk

The Modified Infrastructure Survey Tool does not provide information about the consequences of security incidents at federal facilities, a GAO auditor said. As a result, agencies cannot effectively deploy countermeasures. Still, Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) said he was happy with FPS' progress in developing MIST.

Tags: building security , IT , DHS , GAO , Federal Protective Service , Modified Infrastructure Survey Tool , Homeland Security Committee , Congress , Eric Patterson , Mark Goldstein , Ruben Gomez

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 05:51am EDT
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Federal pay statistics are easily manipulated, GAO reports

The Government Accountability Office looked at six studies about federal pay and found that the different approaches taken in each made their findings potentially problematic.

Tags: pay and benefits , GAO , POGO , Scott Amey , workforce , CBO

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 05:25am EDT

NIST gives agencies tips to secure mobile devices

New guidelines could help agencies adopting bring-your-own-device strategies manage the potential risks smartphones and tablets could pose.

Tags: best practices , cybersecurity , NIST , Tom Karygiannis , In Depth , mobile computing , Bring your own device ,

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 06:29am EDT
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U.S. Border Patrol to eliminate nine interior stations across the country

Budget pressures and a change in mission leads to cuts in U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Border stations in California, Montana, Idaho and Texas face closures that will affect 48 border patrol members.

Tags: In Depth , CBP , Border Patrol , management , budget , Thad Bingel , ICE , DHS ,

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 09:05pm EDT
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Going on vacation? How to back away from the BlackBerry

The current generation of BlackBerry and iPhone- wielding federal employees presents the daunting task of trying to disconnect from work's stressors in even the most relaxing of environments. Here are some tips that should enable feds to enjoy a stress-free vacation.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , management , workforce , Tim McManus , Partnership for Public Service ,

Monday - 07/09/2012, 07:58pm EDT
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DoD leads the way in student loan repayment program

DoD attracts and retains more employees through an increased involvement in the student loan repayment program.

Tags: DoJ , DoD , State , management , best practices , hiring , retention , John Berry , Federal Drive , DoD Report

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 07:22pm EDT
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