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Feasibility of DATA Act questioned even as Senate committee OKs it

Some agency leaders who would be charged with implementing the bill are unsure the DATA Act can be brought to life successfully. Officials said the government can improve how it makes data accessible and publishes procurement and other spending information. But the DATA Act may be asking for things that aren't pragmatically possible.

Tags: management , financial management , Dick Gregg , Treasury , Jim Taylor , Labor , Norman Dong , OMB , DATA Act , Rob Portman , Hudson Hollester , Data Transparency Coalition , Association of Government Accountants , Data Center Consolidation Act , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/07/2013, 06:21am EST

Security clearance process ready for, in need of its next makeover

OMB is set to begin next week a 120-day review of three broad areas around security clearances. DoD and ODNI are pursuing initiatives to create a continuous evaluation process for employees with secret and top secret approvals. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members say recent events show the process is broken.

Tags: management , security clearance , OMB , Joe Jordan , Stephen Lewis , DoD , Brian Prioletti , ODNI , OPM , Elaine Kaplan , Claire McCaskill , Rob Portman , Jason Miller

Friday - 11/01/2013, 03:51am EDT

USPS says overhauling health benefits key to postal reform

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service says it can return to being profitable and begin to pay down its debt if Congress gives it the authority to overhaul its health benefits structure. Postmaster General Pat Donahoe told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Thursday that launching a postal-specific health care plan would help save the agency $8 billion annually through 2016.

Tags: Congress , Senate , USPS , Pat Donahoe , Jon Foley , OPM , postal reform , pay and benefits , Jack Moore

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 05:45pm EDT

DHS continuous monitoring program faces legislative, budget challenges

Suzanne Spaulding, the nominee to be the deputy undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate, told Senate lawmakers DHS had to reduce the number of federal devices that will be covered by the CDM program because of budget shortfalls.

Tags: technology , DHS , Suzanne Spaulding , cybersecurity , Einstein , continuous monitoring , FISMA , Congress , Cyber Workforce , Jason Miller

Friday - 09/20/2013, 07:34pm EDT

Postmaster says Senate bill a good start to postal overhaul

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says a Senate bill aiming to overhaul the Postal Service's financial structure by providing the agency more flexibility to price its products is a good first step. Donahoe has been calling on Congress to approve comprehensive postal reform for much of the last two years. In that time, the cash-strapped agency has posted losses of $20 billion and defaulted on more than $11 billion in payments to prefund retiree health care costs. USPS is set to default on a $5.6 billion payment due Sept. 30 payment, Donahoe said.

Tags: USPS , postal reform , Senate , Patrick Donahoe , Tom Carper , Ruth Goldway , Tom Coburn , Clint Guffey , APWU , Jack Moore

Thursday - 09/19/2013, 06:00pm EDT

Senators seek probe into how Navy shooter got clearance

Key senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are seeking answers into how the contractor employee responsible for the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that killed 12 people obtained his security clearance. In a Sept. 18 letter, Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), requested the Office of Personnel Management's inspector general look into what type of clearance the shooter, identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, held as well as what federal agency conducted his background investigation.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Patrick McFarland , oversight , Claire McCaskill , Rob Portman , Jon Tester , Ron Johnson , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , DoD , Navy , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 04:20pm EDT

Sen. Coburn to put hold on OPM director nominee

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said he wants an answer from Office of Personnel Management and the White House on how the Affordable Care Act will apply to lawmakers and their staff before moving forward with Katherine Archuleta's nomination to serve as OPM director.

Tags: workforce , people , OPM , Katherine Archuleta , John Thompson , Census , Tom Coburn , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 01:47pm EDT
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DHS nominee Mayorkas defends integrity, offers plans to improve employee morale

Despite being under investigation, Alejandro Mayorkas testified today on becoming the next deputy secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas said that claims he exercised undue influence on cases in his agency, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, are false.

Tags: DHS , Congress , Senate , oversight , USCIS , Tom Carper , Alejandro Mayorkas , Janet Napolitano , Tom Coburn

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 06:01pm EDT

Energy's Environmental Management office still struggling to manage contracts

The Energy Department's Office of Environmental Management (EM) faced scrutiny in a hearing Thursday that questioned EM's contract management. DOE has been on the GAO's High Risk List for contract management since 1990.

Tags: management , industry , contracting , Energy , Claire McCaskill , Jack Surash , Gregory Friedman , Cogan Schneier

Monday - 07/01/2013, 03:42pm EDT
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