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New special counsel dedicated to decreasing whistleblower retaliation caseload

The Office of Special Counsel is working to find ways to improve and shorten the whistleblower retaliation caseload for federal agencies.

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GAO warns IoT system security spread too thin could create cyber gaps, increase risk of attack

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Under new leadership, what’s the future of the House oversight committee?

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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2014, file photo, shows WhatsApp and Facebook app icons on a smartphone in New York. The government’s fight with Apple over an encrypted iPhone may be the first of many battles in a broader war over who gets access to individuals’ data, as more tech companies offer encrypted messaging and other services. WhatsApp, the globally popular messaging system owned by Facebook, has already run into trouble with Brazilian authorities, who arrested a Facebook executive earlier in March 2016 after the company said it had no way to unscramble a user’s encrypted messages. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)

Rise of tweets, self-deleting encrypted messages concern lawmakers

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Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President Donald Trump (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Kellyanne Conway

OGE recommends White House investigate Trump adviser for ethics violation

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OPM’s cleared up some IT rough spots, but encryption still unfinished

IT leaders at the Office of Personnel Management say the agency has one major database left to encrypt, which contains some high-value assets and personally…

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FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 file photo U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa speaks during a news conference at the U.S embassy in Abuja Nigeria. Republican Issa, the wealthiest member of Congress with more than $250 million, rarely spent a penny on television ads or yard signs as he cruised to victory in past elections. Not this time. The eight-term lawmaker and chief antagonist of President Barack Obama and Democrat Hillary Clinton faces a tough challenge from Marine-turned-lawyer Doug Applegate. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga, File)

Transparency caucus pledges bipartisan effort, restoring public trust in open government

Leaders of the bipartisan transparency caucus pledged to work together to restore public trust in open government, and to apply transparency standards…

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GAO urges federal landlord to disclose foreign-owned spaces leased for high-security purposes

The General Services Administration is leasing 20 spaces for high-security government business, in buildings owned by foreign companies. Federal auditors say that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a threat to security, but urged GSA to start informing agencies about foreign owners during acquisition.

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