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VA's security shortcuts put millions of veterans' data at risk, former VA cyber official alleges

The Veterans Affairs Department denies claims that systems or data are in danger. But Jerry Davis, the former deputy assistant secretary for information security in VA's Office of Information and Technology, asserts in documents that he was bullied into signing security certifications that were deficient as a condition of his departure from VA for a new job at NASA.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , management , VA , Jerry Davis , Stephen Warren , Roger Baker , Mike Michaud , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , Jason Miller , veterans , information security

Monday - 06/03/2013, 06:01am EDT
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Forecasting the retirement wave: What's behind the flubbed predictions?

A federal retirement tsunami has been predicted for years but never quite materialized. In our special report, "Retirement Conundrum," Federal News Radio reexamines the trends and developments that led to the botched predictions and what it means today with a recent uptick in retirements reviving old worries.

Tags: retirement , OPM , Retirement Conundrum , workforce , pay and benefits , John Palguta , Jeff Neal , Peter Leeds , Partnership for Public Service , MSPB , Dave Snell , NARFE , Jack Moore ,

Wednesday - 05/29/2013, 05:00am EDT
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VA's Gould moves the needle on many of VA's toughest challenges

Scott Gould's last day as the deputy secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department is today. In four years, Gould said he believes VA is a better place and does more to help veterans. He said the claims backlog is unacceptable, but the agency is making progress.

Tags: management , Scott Gould , VA , veterans disability claims backlog , VBMS , labor-management relations , veterans homelessness , Jason Miller ,

Friday - 05/17/2013, 05:27am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: The CIO shuffle continues; the last E-gov benefits report?

News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

Tags: technology , Inside the Reporters Notebook , people , DoT , State , USDA , OMB , e-government , Cheryl Cook , Lisa Schlosser , Richard McKinney , Steven Taylor , GSA , Dave McClure , Jason Miller ,

Monday - 05/13/2013, 06:14am EDT

OMB's Metzenbaum leaves behind an invigorated performance culture

Shelley Metzenbaum's last day was Friday after four years at OMB as the associate director for personnel and performance. She said agencies understand now, more than ever, that setting goals and measuring their performance against them makes a big difference in how they meet their missions.

Tags: management , Shelley Metzenbaum , OMB , performance agenda , data-driven analysis , Performance Improvement Council , Jason Miller ,

Monday - 05/06/2013, 05:56am EDT
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CFOs relying more on data, managing risk to find budget efficiencies

A new Federal News Radio survey finds agency financial managers have moved up to the next level and are using information and performance metrics to inform their decision making. Respondents say they are finding ways to use data to find efficiencies. Workforce training, retaining and hiring are among their top priorities. The survey is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Rise of the Money People.

Tags: Rise of the Money People , management , financial management , CFO , sequestration , performance measurement , data analytics , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 04:37am EDT
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VA Deputy Secretary Scott Gould leaving

After four years as the second in charge, Scott Gould has decided to leave VA. His last day on the job will be May 17.

Tags: Scott Gould , VA , Jason Miller , people , management ,

Friday - 04/26/2013, 01:27pm EDT

Internal watchdog blasts DoD's health IT efforts

A memo obtained by Federal News Radio points to a split in thinking inside the Pentagon's efforts to achieve interoperability with VA's electronic health record system. An assessment by the Pentagon's office of operational test and evaluation, an internal acquisition watchdog, finds DoD's project to build a new electronic health record is "likely to be detrimental to the President's goals" for interoperable health IT.

Tags: DoD , VA , health IT , Integrated health records system , iEHR , Michael Gilmore , technology , information sharing , Jared Serbu ,

Monday - 04/22/2013, 08:02pm EDT

HUD CIO Jerry Williams takes new job at Education

Jerry Williams will become the new chief information officer at the Education Department's Office of Federal Student Aid. Patsy Garnett, HUD's acting deputy CIO for IT and business modernization, also is heading to a new agency.

Tags: technology , people , Jerry Williams , HUD , Education Department , Patsy Garnett , NRC , workforce , Jason Miller , CIO

Friday - 04/19/2013, 09:43am EDT
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