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Gene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Most of the troops are coming home, but that doesn't mean there isn't still work to do in Afghanistan. Every year, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) assembles a "high risk" list. It outlines which areas of the reconstruction effort are most vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse. The list also helps the armed services focus their reconstruction efforts and correct problems. Deputy SIGAR Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this year's findings and their implications.

Tags: Gene Aloise , SIGAR , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Afghanistan , waste fraud abuse , DoD

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:12am EST
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Levin, Coburn leave legacy of bipartisanship, oversight

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) says "bipartisanship is not extinct" in his farewell speech to Congress. Wastebook author Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says oversight is a duty that many senators continue to ignore.

Tags: Carl Levin , National Defense Authorization Act , DoD , Senate , Congress , Tom Coburn , Wastebook , Senate Armed Service Committee , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , Mike Rogers , Tom Carper , Jeff Sessions , Debbie Stabenow , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/15/2014, 02:27pm EST

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Cyber bills abound; OFPP and reverse auctions; DoJ's API release

In this week's "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," the passage of five cybersecurity bills by Congress in the past week signals a long-coming and much needed change to how agencies defend their computer networks; an interesting bid protest decision flew under the radar that signals yet another challenge to FedBid, the reverse auction contractor and the Justice Department's first foray into the open data world with the launch of two APIs is noteworthy, but the underlying reason why DoJ could release the software code is really the story here.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , GAO , OFPP , FedBid , reverse auctions , bid protest , FitNet , Raul Espinosa , Scott Amey , POGO , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , industry , technology , Justice Department , Joe Klimavich , Deloitte , Skip Bailey , open source , Drupal , DoD , superior supplier program , Professional Services Council , Alan Chvotkin , FISMA , research and development , workforce , DHS , NIST , Alma Cole , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/15/2014, 03:46am EST

FBI: Cyber attack against Sony would have bested most federal defenses too

Whether or not North Korea was behind the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures, its level of sophistication suggests it was sponsored by a country, not a group of hackers. And the FBI believes the same attack could just as easily have penetrated most sophisticated networks, including government ones.

Tags: DHS , FBI , Treasury , cybersecurity , Congress , Joseph Demarest , Brian Peretti , Phyllis Schneck , Senate Banking Committee , Bloomberg Government , information sharing , technology , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 03:50am EST
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: DoD trying to remove the haze around its use of commercial clouds

In this edition of "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," The Department of Defense releases the results of a study detailing three new approaches to help military services and agencies ensure the security of the commercial clouds they use; what could be the last set of the mostly dreaded annual Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) reports are arriving from agency inspector generals and Harvard, the Commerce Department and the Office of Management and Budget are stealing away three senior executives from the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Tags: technology , cloud computing , cybersecurity , DoD , Terry Halvorsen , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , FISMA , State Department , continuous monitoring , people , White House , Office of Science and Technology , Commerce Department , OMB , U.S. Digital Service , Nick Sinai , Harvard University , Lynn Overman , Charles Worthington , Aneesh Chopra

Monday - 12/01/2014, 03:56am EST

CMS claims cyber fixes in place for HealthCare.gov

Administrator Marilyn Tavenner told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members on Nov. 14 that CMS fixed 22 technical recommendations before open enrollment began. The letter came on the cusp of yet another contentious hearing on the role of former White House CTO Todd Park in overseeing and developing the initially troubled portal.

Tags: technology , management , Congress , House Science and Technology Committee , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , CMS , HHS , White House , Todd Park , Marilyn Tavenner , Scott Peters , Darrell Issa , Paul Broun , Eric Swalwell , Bill Johnson , cybersecurity , HealthCare.gov , Affordable Care Act , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 04:26am EST
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Patent Office commissions review of telework abuse

The Patent and Trademark Office has hired the National Academy of Public Administration to review the agency's vaunted telework programs following allegations that teleworkers are falsifying their timecards and managers do not have the tools to monitor them.

Tags: Patent and Trademark Office , Peggy Focarino , telework , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , House Judiciary Committee , Todd Zinser , Emily Kopp ,

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 04:02pm EST

Chaffetz to replace Issa as Oversight chair

In the most closely-contested race for committee chair, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) will replace Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) as the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Tags: Jason Chaffetz , Darrell Issa , House , House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , Jory Heckman

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 11:06am EST

VA to spend $60 million more on cyber after auditors' continued concerns

Steph Warren, VA's CIO, said he moved money out of projects and into cybersecurity to ensure the agency gets rid of as many material weaknesses as they can. The decision to move money comes as Congress turns back up the heat on VA to correct long-standing and systemic cyber shortcomings.

Tags: technology , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Veterans Affairs , Steph Warren , GAO , Greg Wilshusen , Sondra McCauley , cybersecurity , VA Cyber Efforts in the Hot Seat , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 12:56pm EST
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