Thursday federal headlines – November 19, 2015

In Thursday's Federal Headlines, the 2016 National Counter-Intelligence Strategy focuses on foreign intelligence entity threats and creating and using intellige...

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  • ODNI’s National Counterintelligence and Security Center releases the 2016 National Counter-Intelligence Strategy. It focuses on foreign intelligence entity threats and creating and using intelligence techniques and tools against them. It also calls for sharing FIE information with public and private sectors to create more counterintelligence capabilities. (ODNI)
  • There were more bonuses for senior executives in 2014 compared to the year before. Gov Exec reports the number of executives receiving a bonus based on job performance increased by over 12 percent. The average amount of the awards rose as well by about $350. (Gov Exec)
  • The Justice Department said the government is joining a lawsuit against U.K.-based Inch Cape Shipping Services, alleging the company overcharged the U.S. Navy for ship husbanding service for almost 10 years. The suit charges the company with overstating both the quantity and rate of good and services provided. (Justice Department)
  • The GAO is recommending DoD increase its attention on contracts, especially for ones including inherently governmental functions. A new report finds purchasers may be inaccurately reporting the extent to which contractors are providing services. It says without accurately identifying the functions contractors are performing, DoD may not have proper oversight in place. (GAO)
  • The Office of Personnel Management will help agencies tap into the tools and hiring authorities they already have to hire new professionals across the country. The Hiring Excellence Campaign will launch in January. OPM will work with hiring managers and human resources staff to identify skill gaps and find the right people to fill them. Cybersecurity and IT management are top focus areas. OPM said it will also roll out new and improved phases of through fiscal 2017. (Federal News Radio)
  • A senior Office of Management and Budget official is confident the Congress and administration will come together on a budget for fiscal 2016 by the December 11th deadline. Dave Mader, the acting deputy director for management and controller at OMB, said yesterday that with about a month before the current continuing resolution expires the ongoing conversations with House and Senate leaders are making solid progress. He said the administration and lawmakers do not want another shutdown. Mader says having the two-year top-line spending agreement will help the administration continue to focus on several priorities over the next 14 months. He says the administration’s top management priorities include cybersecurity and workforce hiring and training. (Federal News Radio)
  • While many GOP candidates are talking about eliminating agencies, John Kasich said he would create one. In an interview with NBC News, the Ohio governor proposed creating a new federal agency to promote Jewish and Christian values around the world in regions like China, Russia and the Middle East. (NBC News)

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