Jason Chaffetz

  • A knotty, tangled mess of IT systems

    The 8½ inch floppy disk held up at the recent House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing was good theater, but it doesn’t tell the entire story of the state of old technology in the government.

  • Widespread collection of SSNs poses data security risk

    Despite a reminder from the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, federal agencies haven’t reviewed their data on Social Security numbers in nearly a decade.

  • Frustrated House committee slams SSA’s cyber protection programs

    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.

  • You wouldn’t want to be a TSA security screener either

    Debra D’Agostino, a founding partner with the Federal Practice Group, details the strange history of personnel practices for airport security screeners.

  • Opposition to $3.1B IT Modernization Fund begins to thaw

    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.

  • House hearing on IRS commissioner boils down to ‘no evidence’

    As hearings to consider impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen move forward, two opposing narratives emerge regarding criminal intent, or lack thereof.

  • House Republicans want to change the way agencies make rules

    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.

  • ODNI issues social media guidance for background checks

    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.

  • House investigation reaches top of the TSA food chain

    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.

  • Draft bill coming soon to address ‘serious but solvable’ USPS financial woes

    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.