A quiet little team deep in OSTP is blocking and tackling to make government more effective, one yard at a time.
Maybe not at the state dinner, but President Obama could put Chinese President Xi Jinping on the defensive with a simple question. “So, how’s Ge Xing these days?” Ge Xing is an obscure officer in…
Data protection using encryption won't buy much unless you design it correctly. Like, keeping the keys away from the encrypted data. It's all in NIST publication 800-57. Look it up.
The perps, if found guilty, should face the consequences. But should innocent employees, investors and customers also have to pay?
“Shutdown” is too coarse a word for what happens during a funding lapse. The government acts more as a patchwork. For employees, the challenge is knowing who will also be on the job.
Latest declassification project lets you see most of what two Presidents held and read from the CIA. But too much is redacted, a half-century later.
The Office of Special Counsel is just the latest federal agency to suffer from the problem of case backlogs. In its latest report to Congress, OSC showed it had nearly 2,000 backlogged "matters" from fiscal 2014. OSC says it expects 6,000 new cases to come in during 2015.
Hillary Rodham Clinton's email problems are one in a string of examples of senior officials not following the rules governing records. Clinton's problems give managers a good chance to review email policies with their staffs.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro joked that in trying to make HUD a better place to work, he could do little to change the appearance of the headquarters building, reports Federal Drive host Tom Temin.
Taxpayers pay for two Veterans Affairs Departments, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin. There's the good VA, which reduces its backlog of disability claims. The bad VA continues to struggle with management problems.
As the Office of Personnel Management data breach recedes into the past, the 30-day cyber sprint has left a lasting legacy, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.
It’s good that efforts to improve customer service are revisited periodically. Technology and expectations change. Too bad the government has to lurch from crisis to crisis to get with it, though.
The problem with most data breaches is that too often, IT and security staffs only find out about them long after the damage has been done and the hackers have moved on to other soft targets, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.
The drive to make software more and more functional may be behind what seems to be a disturbing trend towards failures in critical systems. Because of this, two problems linger with software controlled systems: they can be difficult to interact with, and in their complexity, they produce effects even expert operators can’t foresee.