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OMB opens door to non-federal online credentials

A memo from federal CIO Steven VanRoekel requires agencies to begin accepting usernames and passwords from commercial companies such as Verisign or Google. This is the second time the government has tried to accept commercial credentials. Experts say this time agencies and industry are better prepared to be successful.

Tags: Technology , OMB , NIH , GSA , Moira Mack , Judy Spencer , Frank Baitman , Steven Van Roekel , Randy Vanderhoof , smartcard alliance , identity management , open id standards , HSPD-12 , Jason Miller , CertiPath

Friday - 10/14/2011, 05:47am EDT
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Man charged in Arizona Social Security explosion

A man charged with detonating a homemade explosive device outside a Social Security Administration office in Arizona had researched how to construct a particular explosive that authorities say has been used in terrorist bomb plots, according to a criminal complaint.

Tags: ATFE , Abdullatif Ali Aldosary , FBI

Monday - 12/03/2012, 06:57pm EST

Customer satisfaction with e-government down slightly but near record highs

Satisfaction with federal e-government sites remained high throughout most of 2012, according to a quarterly report from ForeSee and the American Customer Satisfaction Index. On a 100-point scale, customer satisfaction with federal websites now sits at 75.3. That's actually down slightly from last quarter, which had set an all-time high, according to the latest report.

Tags: ForeSee , ACSI , e-government , customer satisfaction , HHS , federal websites , Jack Moore

Monday - 10/22/2012, 08:06pm EDT

Fed retirees to see 1.7 percent COLA increase in 2013

The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 56 million Social Security beneficiaries, according to the Social Security Administration. Social Security recipients received a 3.6 percent increase in benefits this year after getting none the previous two years.

Tags: retirement , COLA , pay and benefits

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 12:48pm EDT

SSA to close offices earlier to cut overtime

The Social Security Administration will begin closing its offices around the country 30 minutes early starting Nov. 19. A spokeswoman said "significantly less funding" than the agency requested forced it to adopt this tactic.

Tags: workforce , budget , continuing resolution , Kia Green

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 06:26am EDT

Report: Social Security lax on disability claims

Social Security is so overwhelmed by disability claims that some officials are awarding benefits without adequately reviewing applications, potentially adding to the program's financial problems as it edges closer to the brink of insolvency, congressional investigators say in a new report.

Tags: disability benefits , Tom Coburn

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 11:04am EDT

OMB touts $4B in efficiency savings

Acting Director Jeff Zients wrote in a blog post today that agencies have met half of President Obama's goal to save $8 billion by the end of 2013.

Tags: management , Jeff Zients , OMB , budget , efficiencies , Interior , USDA , GSA , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 05:00pm EDT

SSA offers early retirement to 9,000 employees

To be eligible, employees must have 20 years of creditable service and be at least 50 years of age, or have at least 25 years of creditable service at any age, including five years of civilian service, according to an SSA email to Federal News Radio.

Tags: buyouts , retirement

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 10:02am EDT
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