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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

IG Report: Better acquisition monitoring needed at DHS

In his review of the Department of Homeland Security, the DHS inspector general says the agency needs better monitoring of catching duplicative programs and acquisition. An independent auditor also outlines some flaws at DHS.

Tags: DHS , OIG , Tom Carper , acquisition , Acquisition management , Jory Heckman , management

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 11:30am EST

GAO: Agencies not using performance data to decide policy, budget changes

In its new report, the Government Accountability Office found that agency managers aren't using performance data to objectively determine the success of programs before making changes to their policies or budget.

Tags: GAO , Government Performance and Results Act , performance data , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , Elijah Cummings , House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , Congress , Jory Heckman

Friday - 11/14/2014, 11:15am EST

Joe Kaplan, Founding Principal, Passman & Kaplan, P.C.

The Justice Department Inspector General finds that a student hiring program was marred by nepotism. Two immigration administrators and a judge made the hiring of relatives seem like a routine practice in the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Joe Kaplan is founding principal at the Washington law firm Passman & Kaplan. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the rules about nepotism and how federal managers can avoid trouble.

Tags: Joe Kaplan , Passman & Kaplan, P.C. , Justice Department , inspector general , Executive Office for Immigration Review , nepotism , management ,

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:02pm EST
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