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From scandal's aftermath to 18F, Tangherlini reflects on tenure at GSA

When Dan Tangherlini took over as the General Services Administration administrator in 2012, it was embroiled in the aftermath of the conference scandal. Stepping down after three years later, he reflects on how the agency has transformed itself.

Tags: Dan Tangherlini , GSA , PBS , FSA , FITARA , data benchmarking , Beth Cobert , OMB , Norman Dong , 18F , information technology , technology , federal buildings , In Depth ,

Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:10pm EST
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Section 508 guidelines get an update under proposed rule

The U.S. Access Board released its long-awaited proposed rule to update accessibility guidelines for federal information and communication technology. Some of the changes are significant, others are subtle.

Tags: U.S. Access Board , Section 508 , Section 255 , accessibility , workforce , proposed rules , technology , information technology , Sachin Dev Pavithran , David Capozzi ,

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 03:56pm EST

Technical problem -- not hackers -- takes out USPS email

The U.S. Postal Service is experiencing a nationwide IT outage today that's impacting USPS email accounts and some services at retail locations across the country.

Tags: USPS , technology , cybersecurity , Toni Delancy ,

Friday - 02/13/2015, 02:03pm EST

DHS shutdown, furloughs dominate subcommittee hearing

A House subcommittee hosted a hearing Thursday to discuss emerging threats and technologies, but the topic that dominated conversation was whether the Homeland Security Department would be funded after Feb. 27.

Tags: House , House Homeland Security Committee , House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies , DHS , cybersecurity , budget , cromnibus , continuing resolution , Bennie Thompson , Secret Service , CBP , furloughs ,

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 06:12pm EST

Longer leases, improved space utilization key to big savings for GSA

With half of all federal leases in the D.C. region expiring in the next five years and a "buyers market" in real estate, the federal government faces a huge cost-saving opportunity. A House round table discussion examined how the General Services Administration could take advantage of this "perfect storm".

Tags: GSA , PBS , House , Congress , House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management , Lou Barletta , Darren Blue , Scott Homa , Jones Lang LaSalle , Michael Reidy , Savills Studley , federal buildings , Freezing the Footprint

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:48pm EST

OPM retirement backlog climbs in January

As is typical for the beginning of the year, retirement claims spiked at the Office of Personnel Management, but the number was slightly smaller than expected. The agency also processed fewer claims than it planned to for the month.

Tags: OPM , retirement , retirement backlog , pay and benefits ,

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 02:15pm EST

IGs face obstacles, delays in accessing agency records

A trio of inspectors general told the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform today about obstacles they routinely encounter in obtaining records as part of their investigations into potential wrongdoing.

Tags: oversight , whistleblower , OIG , inspector general , Inspector General Act of 1978 , Michael Horowitz , Justice Department , FBI , EPA , Arthur Elkins , CSB , Kathy Buller , Peace Corps , sexual assaults , House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee , House ,

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:23pm EST

Public satisfaction with government services lowest in 16 years

A new report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index says that Americans' satisfaction with the services they receive from the federal government continue to decline. In addition, the public, by and large, is more satisfied with the services it receives in the private sector.

Tags: AFCI , Customer service , IRS , customer satisfaction , CFI Group , workforce , management ,

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 02:00am EST

Contracting whistleblowers may get new channel to report wrongdoings

The Office of Special Counsel has proposed a rule change that would allow federal contractors and grantees a new channel to report wrongdoings at federal agencies.

Tags: OSC , whistleblower , industry , contracting , waste fraud abuse , oversight , Federal Register ,

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:25pm EST

Supreme Court decision helps clarify whistleblower protections

The Supreme Court upheld an appeals court's decision that Robert MacLean is eligible for whistleblower protection. The TSA fired the former air marshal for leaking information to the media.

Tags: Supreme Court , Robert MacLean , John Roberts , whistleblower , Tom Devine , TSA , DHS , Matthew Tully , Tully Rinckey , oversight , Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act ,

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:17pm EST
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