Congress

  • Peer to peer computer file sharing may be coming to an end. Congressman Edolphus Towns plans to introduce a bill banning the use of peer-to-peer software on all government and contractor computers and networks. Possible information leaks about the electronics for the president\'s Marine One make such a ban necessary. Additionally, the GAO is calling for a more secure network to share digitized data. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee will continue hearings on this after Congress returns from its August recess.

    August 10, 2009
  • National Archives and Records Administration has a huge task ahead in storing data from the former and all current Administrations and making it searchable and retrievable. According to the Government Accountability Office, as of late April, only 3 percent of all presidential records from the Bush Administration have been saved into the Electronic Records Archive. NARA says they plan on ingesting the remainder of the records before the end of the year. GAO also noted that NARA\'s archival system has no back up. Archives says their contingency plan is under final review.

    August 03, 2009
  • We’ve told you about a leaked draft report from the Government Accountability Office, which says that the government moved too quickly on establishing a bio-hazard lab in Kansas. Now, the full report has been released.…

    July 30, 2009
  • Wednesday morning was busy.

    July 29, 2009
  • In an attempt to address post September 11th challenges, the State Department merged three of its bureaus that deal with arms control and nonproliferation down to two. But a new report from the Government Accountability…

    July 20, 2009
  • A House subcommittee is considering a bill to give health and other benefits to same-sex partners of federal workers. The measure sets up a conflict between two groups representing those with strongly held views on…

    July 10, 2009
  • Ted Kaufman: he\'s loud, he\'s proud, but he\'s not here for long.

    July 07, 2009
  • Contracting is a key issue for all federal workers. This week the Government Accountabilty Office released two reports about contracting practices. Both found there seems to be some resistance to comply with new guidance and…

    July 02, 2009
  • Cybersecurity is a hot topic in Washington as we await the appointment of President Obama’s cyber czar. The House Science Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation asked four witnesses to testify about cybersecurity activities at NIST…

    June 29, 2009
  • Editor’s note: To those coming from the Future Fed series that I will be doing on WTOP and Federal News Radio 1500 AM — if this is your first time to the DorobekInsider — welcome.…

    June 15, 2009
  • The Government Accountability Office was tasked with checking on the use of ‘enhanced use leases’ by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This is one way VA manages its ‘real property’ portfolio. We talked about it…

    June 12, 2009
  • The Transportation Security Administration’s Secure Flight program has been operational since the beginning of the year. The system screens airline passengers against the terrorist watch list. Cathleen Berrick is the managing director of Homeland Security…

    June 10, 2009
  • Government auditors say the US may be shooting itself in the foot when it comes to protecting weapons and other critical pieces of technology. The Government Accountability Office says that programs in place to secure…

    June 08, 2009
  • Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) is looking to redesign his Web site. How does one go about doing that? Crowdsourcing. Honda details the thinking behind it on his blog: Recently, I announced the launch of a…

    June 03, 2009