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House lawmakers alarmed by VA's overseas network access

On the heels of another Veterans Affairs Department inspector general report showing departmental cybersecurity practices falling short, House Veterans Affairs Committee lawmakers are pressing for more answers about just how secure the data of millions of veterans are in the agency's network.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , VA , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Stephen Warren , VA cyber on the hot seat , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:04am EDT

SEA calls on House lawmakers to further improve VA Accountability bill

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, explained her organization's concerns, saying Congress doesn't need to micromanage SES performance reviews at VA.

Tags: management , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Senior Executives Association , Senior Executive Service , Veterans Affairs Department , Carol Bonosaro , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:35pm EDT

Investigators warn airplane computers could be hacked

Tags: FAA , cybersecurity , GAO ,

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:38pm EDT

OMB, GAO confident in FITARA's impact as guidance is finalized

Federal CIO Tony Scott said he expects to release policy to implement the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act by mid-May. He and others say FITARA will help reign in technology and bring discipline to management and buying processes to reduce duplication.

Tags: technology , Congress , GAO , David Powner , OMB , Beth Cobert , Tony Scott , FITARA , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Duplication , Software licenses , Data center consolidation , PortfolioStat , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 03:42am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are wasting billions of dollars because they're consistently duplicating efforts. The Government Accountability Office's latest report identifies dozens of federal functions marked by duplication, overlap and fragmentation. GAO says reducing it all could save $80 billion. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details on why, when it comes to information technology, a new law could help cut waste and deliver more savings.

Tags: Jason Miller , GAO , duplicative programs , overlapping programs , management ,

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:36am EDT
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For better government, consolidate DoD bases, health care programs

On the road to better, more cost-effective government, Congress will have to consider consolidating military health care and ramping up tax enforcement at the Internal Revenue Service, the comptroller general says.

Tags: GAO , Gene Dodaro , Congress , DoD , IRS ,

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:35am EDT

Kelly Thresher, Public Policy Analyst, Office of the Inspector General

The Postal Service's Inspector General proposes a novel solution for cutting costs: Adopt augmented reality. The IG says the Postal Service could save time and money by outfitting drivers with augmented reality glasses. AR technology allows mobile devices to superimpose digital information on a real-world view. Kelly Thresher is a public policy analyst at the Postal Service Office of the Inspector General. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to elaborate on how augmented reality could help USPS.

Tags: Kelly Thresher , USPS , OIG , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , augmented reality ,

Friday - 04/10/2015, 09:38am EDT
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Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Wachtel

Usually it's the inspectors general who accuse others of wrongdoing, whether it's spending too much money here, or treating people unfairly there. Rarely is the behavior of the IG's themselves questioned. So it's notable that now Commerce Department inspector general Todd Zinser is fighting for his job. A Democratic lawmaker, Texas Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, has called on the Obama Administration to fire Zinser. She says she has 'ample' evidence of misconduct and mismanagement. In this week's Legal Loop Lynne Bernabei, partner at the law firm Bernabei and Watchel, who often represents federal whistleblowers, spoke with Emily Kopp about Zinser's situation on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Lynne Bernabei , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , inspector general , Bernabei & Wachtel , whistleblowers , Emily Kopp ,

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:10am EDT
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