The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is particularly concerned by a penetration test the Homeland Security Department performed on the Social Security Administration's IT systems last summer, when testers gained access to personally identifiable information while they were inside. SSA did not share the findings of that report with its inspector general.
Debra D'Agostino, a founding partner with the Federal Practice Group, details the strange history of personnel practices for airport security screeners.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he was warming up to the idea of the fund, but wants assurances that the money will be spent wisely and receive a return on investment.
As hearings to consider impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen move forward, two opposing narratives emerge regarding criminal intent, or lack thereof.
The House Oversight and Government Reform committee marked up three bills aimed at agency rulemaking, project and program management, and federal construction procurement on May 17.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released much-anticipated guidance on using social media during background checks.Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center at ODNI, said the policy is a collaborative effort to "strike the right balance" between obtaining publicly available information but not stepping on civil liberties.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee continued their investigation of the Transportation Security Administration, this time hearing from Administrator Peter Neffenger and Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), says a bill is being drafted to address Postal Service reforms. The reforms include addressing the mandate to pre-fund health retiree benefits, as well as merging the USPS Board of Governors and the Postal Regulatory Commission.
Lawmakers' concerns about abuses of power at the Transportation Security Administration have been supported by whistleblowers' testimony.
Three recent bills have been introduced in the House and Senate that address issues of administrative leave, Defense acquisition, and federal real property.
Small agencies are having some of the biggest problems modernizing their legacy systems to strengthen defenses against cyber attacks. But major agencies like Treasury are also in the spotlight on how they are addressing system vulnerabilities.
The Defense Department is missing out on billions of dollars in savings by not addressing some recommendations from the Government Accountability Office, a new report stated.
A new bill would get rid of law enforcement units at the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management and transfer those authorities to local police instead. The legislation also requires both secretaries at the agriculture and interior departments develop a grants program for states who will use local law enforcement to police federal lands.
Less than a month after opening a governmentwide investigation into federal employees' pay, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is taking a closer look at agency bonuses to rank-and-file federal workers and members of the Senior Executive Service.