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.
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.
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.