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Senate poised to confirm first DoD IG in nearly two years

FDIC IG Jon Rymer said if confirmed sexual assault and suicide prevention will be top priorities.

Tags: DoD , Senate Armed Services Committee , Jon Rymer , FDIC , Joe Donnelly , Lauren Larson

Monday - 07/29/2013, 05:40am EDT
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Privacy and Civil Liberties board works to inform public on NSA leaks

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is responsible for investigating the balance between counterterrorism security and Americans' privacy. The board is working toward a report on the National Security Agency's surveillance programs.

Tags: David Medine , Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board , Federal Drive , NSA , NSA leaks , Edward Snowden , Cogan Schneier , people

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 12:41pm 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 , USCIS , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Tom Carper , Alejandro Mayorkas , Janet Napolitano , Tom Coburn

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

State's cybersecurity office 'ineffective,' 'inefficient'

A recent IG report said the State Department's Bureau of Information Resource Management's Office of Information Assurance lacks organization and lags in performance. The report made 32 recommendations for the office.

Tags: cybersecurity , State Department , inspector general , certification and assurance , IRM/IA , Bureau of Information Resource Management , William Lay , technology , Cogan Schneier

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 05:21am EDT

Postal Service reform making significant progress in House

In the past few weeks, competing draft proposals have been circulating on Capitol Hill. But at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Wednesday, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) took a step toward compromise. Issa agreed to make changes to his draft plan, including adopting several measures proposed by Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) in postal reform legislation he separately introduced Wednesday.

Tags: Congress , House , USPS , postal reform , Pat Donahoe , Darrell Issa , Gerry Connolly , Elijah Cummings , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 09:01pm EDT

DoD, State see light at end of wartime contracting reform tunnel

In responding to a list of wartime contracting changes Congress ordered last year, agencies cited many advances, but acknowledge challenges remain. Recent audits show major problems in how the Defense and State departments, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, continue to spend billions of dollars in Afghanistan.

Tags: DoD , USAID , contracting , Congress , Claire McCaskill , Richard Ginman , Patrick Kennedy , Aman Djahanbani , management , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Jared Serbu , State

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 05:54am EDT
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EDA's overreaction to cyber attack highlights every agency's challenge

The Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration spent almost $3 million to remediate a cyber attack that really didn't happen. Commerce's inspector general found the attack infected only two outgoing email servers and not more than half of EDA's systems. Two cybersecurity experts say other agencies can learn from EDA's year-long unnecessary and expensive recovery.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Commerce Department , Economic Development Administration , Joseph Beal , CCSI , Venu Ayala , Zen Strategics , Jason Miller

Monday - 07/08/2013, 05:34am EDT
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