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Senators express frustration with DHS Reviews

Almost a decade after the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, some lawmakers are deeply troubled by what they describe as the agency's ambiguous objectives and a lack of concrete progress.

Tags: DHS , Jane Lute , QHSR ,

Thursday - 07/22/2010, 04:45pm EDT

TSA bans employees from 'inappropriate' websites

The Transportation Security Administration is blocking access to websites deemed "inappropriate for government access" from agency computers.

Tags: TSA , blocked websites ,

Tuesday - 07/06/2010, 11:39am EDT

VA tries to speed claims processing for vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is implementing changes it says will help simplify and speed the process for veterans seeking compensation for disabilities related to their military service. The news comes as the Department is working to cut the large claims backlog it has accumulated.

Tags: VA , Eric Shinseki , claims processing , claims backlog , pay and benefits ,

Tuesday - 06/15/2010, 01:31pm EDT

OMB turns up oversight heat with cyberstat

The administration's IT agenda for fiscal 2012 will include new tools to combat cyber threats as well as major overhauls to how agencies manage their systems. Agency CIOs say agility will be important moving forward.

Tags: Technology , management , contracting , Cybersecurity , Vivek Kundra , Richard Spires , Roger Baker , GSA , USDA , VA , DHS , education , OMB , cyberstats , collaboration , Agile development , IT budget , program oversight , AFCEA ,

Monday - 02/28/2011, 06:58am EST

Fusion Centers facing growing pains

One DHS official said efforts to encourage collaboration between federal and local law enforcement agencies are off to a good start. But he said the full potential of fusion centers isn't being realized yet.

Tags: Defense , Homeland Security , fusion centers , management , Technology , FBI , DHS , Bart Johnson , Matthew Drake , Kerry Sleeper , Elaine Cummings , PM-ISE , CSIS , Information sharing ,

Friday - 02/25/2011, 07:44am EST

DoD wants common cyber picture

The Cyber Command is focused on achieving real-time capabilities, but the director of current operations said they still have serious work to do. He appealed to industry leaders for help designing a sufficient platform.

Tags: Cybersecurity , Technology , DoD , Cyber Command , John Davis , AFCEA , cybersecurity workforce ,

Thursday - 02/24/2011, 07:36am EST

SSA facing potential budget cuts, IT delays

Agency officials say the House's proposed budget could mean furloughs and layoffs. Reduced funding also could slow the construction of SSA's new data center. Officials say the current computer center poses a high risk for outages that would impact critical operations.

Tags: management , Technology , SSA , GSA , House Ways and Means Committee , budget cuts , furloughs , national computer center , AFGE , Patrick O'Carroll , Kelly Croft , David Foley , Witold Skwierczynski ,

Tuesday - 02/22/2011, 08:02am EST

Survey, law grow telework optimism

OPM reports a rise in teleworking from 2008 - 2009. The survey shows satisfaction among feds who do telework, but reveals barriers that are keeping others from doing so. One Congressman hopes the new law will turn interest in telework into practice.

Tags: management , telework , OPM , John Berry , John Sarbanes , Telework Enhancement Act , John Salamone , Federal Management Partners ,

Monday - 02/21/2011, 07:29am EST

OFPP zeroes in on acquisition workforce

Some administration officials fear the acquisition workforce can't properly manage government contracts. Dan Gordon said strengthening that workforce is OFPP's number one priority. He also said he wants to improve communication between government acquisition officers and industry.

Tags: contracting , management , acquisition workforce , OFPP , Dan Gordon , mythbusting , AFFIRM ,

Friday - 02/18/2011, 07:02am EST

Experts push financial reporting overhaul

A financial accounting task force said the government's accounts are too hard to understand and are misleading. A House Oversight subcommittee held the first of a series of hearings on making agency spending data more transparent and more user-friendly.

Tags: management , Financial management , Todd Platts , House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , FASAB , OMB , Jim Cooper , consolidated financial report , Jonathan Breul , GPRA ,

Thursday - 02/17/2011, 01:15pm EST
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