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State's cybersecurity office 'ineffective,' 'inefficient'

A recent IG report said the State Department's Bureau of Information Resource Management's Office of Information Assurance lacks organization and lags in performance. The report made 32 recommendations for the office.

Tags: cybersecurity , State Department , inspector general , certification and assurance , IRM/IA , Bureau of Information Resource Management , William Lay , technology , oversight , Cogan Schneier

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 05:21am EDT

Postal Service reform making significant progress in House

In the past few weeks, competing draft proposals have been circulating on Capitol Hill. But at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Wednesday, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) took a step toward compromise. Issa agreed to make changes to his draft plan, including adopting several measures proposed by Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) in postal reform legislation he separately introduced Wednesday.

Tags: Congress , House , oversight , USPS , postal reform , Pat Donahoe , Darrell Issa , Gerry Connolly , Elijah Cummings , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 09:01pm EDT

DoD, State see light at end of wartime contracting reform tunnel

In responding to a list of wartime contracting changes Congress ordered last year, agencies cited many advances, but acknowledge challenges remain. Recent audits show major problems in how the Defense and State departments, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, continue to spend billions of dollars in Afghanistan.

Tags: DoD , USAID , contracting , Congress , Claire McCaskill , Richard Ginman , Patrick Kennedy , Aman Djahanbani , management , oversight , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Jared Serbu , State

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 05:54am EDT
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EDA's overreaction to cyber attack highlights every agency's challenge

The Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration spent almost $3 million to remediate a cyber attack that really didn't happen. Commerce's inspector general found the attack infected only two outgoing email servers and not more than half of EDA's systems. Two cybersecurity experts say other agencies can learn from EDA's year-long unnecessary and expensive recovery.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Commerce Department , Economic Development Administration , Joseph Beal , CCSI , Venu Ayala , Zen Strategics , oversight , Jason Miller

Monday - 07/08/2013, 05:34am EDT

IG: IRS credit cards used for wine, pornography

Tags: IRS , oversight , charge card abuse

Wednesday - 06/26/2013, 04:08am EDT

Contractor conducting background checks under investigation prior to NSA leak

Patrick McFarland, the inspector general of the Office of Personnel Management, confirmed to a Senate subcommittee Thursday that his office has been investigating USIS, the government's largest contractor for background-investigation services, since late 2011. He said at least 18 security clearance investigators have been convicted of falsifying investigations since 2007. McFarland said there may be "considerably more" fraud that hasn't been uncovered due to "alarmingly insufficient oversight" of the security-clearance process.

Tags: security clearances , Patrick McFarland , GSA , Claire McCaskill , Senate , Congress , USIS , background investigations , Michelle Schmitz , management , oversight

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 09:02pm EDT
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