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Lawmakers, IG expose further vulnerabilities in VA's cybersecurity

The Veterans Affairs Department has been compromised by at least eight different nation state organizations that stole data from its systems, House lawmakers and other experts say. VA officials say there always are risks, but their computer security is better than ever before.

Tags: technology , VA , Stephen Warren , Mike Coffman , Tim Huelskamp , Jerry Davis , Linda Halliday , Mike Bowman , House Veterans Affairs Committee , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/05/2013, 09:13am EDT
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IG: IRS violated few policies in spending millions on conferences

The Internal Revenue Service held 225 employee conferences between 2010 and 2012, at a total cost of $49 million, according to a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The report also revealed the embattled agency used funding originally slated to hire front-line employees to foot most of the bill for a $4.1 million conference held in Anaheim, Calif., in 2010.

Tags: IRS , management , TIGTA , conference spending , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 06/04/2013, 06:21pm EDT

DoD waging 'continuing war' on unproductive acquisition bureaucracy

The Pentagon will begin tracking how much time its acquisition managers spend performing and responding to oversight in an effort to remove "non-value-added" processes from the procurement system.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Better Buying Power , sequestration , Ashton Carter , Frank Kendall , Jared Serbu , CSIS ,

Tuesday - 05/28/2013, 05:49am EDT
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FAA safety oversight of aircraft repairs faulted

The Federal Aviation Administration's supposedly risk-based safety inspection system "falls short of being truly risk-based," especially for foreign repair stations, a report by the inspector general said.

Tags: FAA , Transportation Department , inspector general

Monday - 05/06/2013, 09:10pm EDT

Lawmakers take on legislative process in fight against duplicative programs

Two senators from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee want to change Senate rules in an attempt to make sure new federal programs or initiatives in proposed legislation don't overlap with existing efforts. Earlier this month, two House members introduced a measure that would require House committees of jurisdiction to hold oversight hearings on an annual report from the Government Accountability Office detailing government duplication.

Tags: budget , Congress , House , Senate , Tom Coburn , Gary Peters , Cory Gardner , duplication , GAO , Jack Moore

Monday - 04/29/2013, 06:31pm EDT

Recovery Board opens next frontier in financial accountability

Pundits may question whether Congress should have approved $804 billion in stimulus money via the Recovery Act of 2009. But many in government have come to realize that the independent agency charged with overseeing how that money was spent -- the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board -- has a lot to teach financial managers about ensuring transparency and rooting out waste in government spending.

Tags: Recovery Act , RAT Board , Earl Devaney , Kathleen Tighe , Danny Werfel , Michael Wood , transparency , technology , financial accountability , financial management , Rise of the Money People , Michael OConnell , OMB ,

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 02:25pm EDT
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Congress urged to drop online financial reporting for senior execs

A new report says a law requiring the online posting of senior federal executives' financial information would likely impinge on employees' privacy and wouldn't do much to deter conflicts of interest. The National Academy of Public Administration was tasked by Congress with studying the STOCK Act short for "Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge" in response to concerns about privacy and identify theft.

Tags: NAPA , STOCK Act , management , insider trading , financial disclosure , Congress , workforce , SES , Jack Moore

Thursday - 03/28/2013, 02:37pm EDT
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Court ruling could tie OSC's hands when it comes whistleblowers

The Office of Special Counsel is "deeply concerned" about the implications of a federal court ruling that stripped low-level Defense Department employees of their ability to appeal suspensions and demotions outside the agency. OSC, which filed an amicus brief earlier this month with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, is worried the ruling could have a chilling effect on whistleblowers.

Tags: workforce , MSPB , OSC , whistleblower , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore

Monday - 03/25/2013, 06:31pm EDT
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