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  1. Rep. Elijah Cummings wants to compel the CEO of USIS to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Mike Morones/Staff

    Lawmaker wants to subpoena USIS CEO over security lapses

    CEO Sterling Phillips has been refusing for months to answer written questions about recent high-profile incidents, Rep. Elijah Cummings says.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  2. Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants the Forest Service to step up timber harvesting on the Tongass National Forest. File

    Senator wants Tongass National Forest management retooled

    Timber harvest has met only 16.8 percent of the target amount, causing economic harm, Murkowski says.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  3. Christopher Miller: The path to a new EHR has been a 'rotten road.'

    DoD health records effort 'not about technology'

    The push to implement the management program is in the home stretch.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  4. HUD CIO Rafael Diaz believes 'shadow technology' is unavoidable, but that there are better ways to manage it than blanket prohibition. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    CIOs adopt varied approaches to 'shadow IT'

    Is rogue tech a problem, or a solution?

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  5. Jessica Klement, legislative director at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, fears any delay in the implementation of phased retirement could demoralize federal employees. File

    Agencies dragging feet on phased retirement programs

    OPM rules would allow applications by November, but most agencies are unprepared.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  6. Interior Department CIO Sylvia Burns. Lars Schwetje

    VIDEO: Interior Dept.'s new strategy for IT services

    Newly elevated to lead Interior's IT department, Sylvia Burns has control of some of the most ambitious initiatives in the federal sector.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  7. House passes bill making it easier to fire senior execs

    Agencies would be able to more easily fire or suspend members of the senior executive service, under legislation passed by the House on a voice vote Sept. 16.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  8. OPM chose not to renew two USIS contracts worth about $2.74 billion, a decision that could lead to delays in processing security clearances.. Defense Department

    USIS flap may delay background checks

    Other contractors and internal resources will have to take up the slack from ousted firm.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  9. Sylvia Burns . Lars Schwetje

    Interior's cloud drive: New CIO shares her vision.

    Sylvia Burns expects success for the department's cloud GWAC.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  10. Administration, GSA welcome newest innovation fellows

    VA's digital landscape comprises a prominent part of this year's agenda.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  11. Security is top priority for Victor Gavin, the Navy's PEO for Enterprise Information Systems. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Security tops Navy PEO-EIS priority list

    Victor Gavin also emphasizes 'speed to market' as a key component.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  12. Ruth Goldway, chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission.

    Protecting the public's interest: a model

    The Postal Regulatory Commission is unique among federal regulatory agencies because our enabling statute, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, requires the designation of an officer to represent the interests of the general public in each of it

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  13. Andy Wakefield, Director of Government and OEM Solutions, Lutron Electronic Thomas Wolf

    Microgrids can lead to energy savings, sustainability

    The national electric grid is stressed. At their core, energy microgrids reduce reliance on an increasingly frail external power supply, improve energy reliability and contribute to self-sustainable operations.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  14. Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a DHS processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. Eric Gay-Pool/Getty Images

    Immigration surge pressures DHS budget

    DHS reallocates funding to address flood of minors

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  15. DHS' Suzanne Spaulding testified to the Senate that the agency's cybersecurity center has processed over 612,000 cyber incidents so far this fiscal year. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

    Racy celebrity pics and the federal cloud

    Security breach exposing private photos renews security fears.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  16. The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which is employing a variety of cloud-based services, provides oversight of all federal funding, such as a multibillion-dollar military construction program at 11 Army and Air Force installations in Georgia and North Carolina, above. Army Corps of Engineers

    Agencies work to recover from cyber attacks

    The focus turns to resilience as 100-percent prevention proves to be impossible.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  17. Union calls on Congress to restore DoD employee appeal rights

    Employees disqualified from holding sensitive but unclassified postions currently have no recourse to the MSPB.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  18. Editorial: Another sign that the GS has to go

    Federal pay and job classifications are severely out of whack with the national labor market.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  19. Program View

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  20. Executive One-on-One

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  21. Lee Hamilton, former Congressman and co-chair of the 9/11 Commission, says cyber attacks are a greater threat to national security than insurgent groups such as ISIS. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

    Hamilton: Cyber attacks pose greater threat than ISIS

    The former 9/11 Commission vice-chairman argues that the U.S has not done enough to protect its networks.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  22. Alan Balutis is a distinguished fellow and senior director, U. S. Public Sector, Cisco Systems. His 28 years in the federal sector were spent at the Department of Commerce, where he headed its management and budget office for over a decade and was its first CIO.

    What should the federal CTO do?

    The announcement of the new occupant of the office has reignited an old discussion.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  23. Tyler Robinson is the Chairman of the Executive Board for Young Government Leaders, and Portfolio Risk Officer at the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

    Coping with year-end stress

    The closing of the fiscal year can ratchet up tension levels. Here are some strategies to ease the strain.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  24. Howard Risher is a consultant and writer on federal pay and performance issues. He was the managing consultant for the studies leading to the 1990 Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act and is the author of 'Planning Wage and Salary Programs.'

    Government needs better incentives

    The private sector makes effective use of bonuses and other means to reward performance. Government should as well.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  25. 15 agencies so far have expressed interest in using the Interior Department's cloud GWAC, according to CIO Sylvia Burns. Lars Schwetje/Staff

    Agencies show high interest in Interior's $10B cloud contract

    The cloud hosting contract features 10 vendors, is available across the government.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  26. Sitting Bull Library is first digital-only member in GPO program

    The GPO will provide documents in electronic form only for the North Dakota facility, which serves the Standing Park Sioux Reservation.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  27. Agencies must compete with Google, Amazon on customer satisfaction

    Agencies need to engage with their customers and be open to new ideas in order to serve taxpayers better in an age of declining budgets, according to agency officials and outside experts.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  28. While the Postal Service is making moves toward adopting enterprise systems  a mandate for all federal agencies  it has yet to establish strong definitions and guidelines on how to do so. Getty Images

    IG: Cloud management missteps costing Postal Service $33.5M

    Lack of clear definitions, security lapses may hamper planned migrations.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  29. A Customs and Border Protection officer checks the identification of a person crossing from Mexico into the United States at the San Ysidro port of entry on November 14, 2013 in San Diego. CBP wasted millions on an employee housing project. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) John Moore / Getty Images

    Report: CBP wasted millions on employee housing project

    Customs and Border Protection wasted millions of dollars on employee housing in the American southwest, according to an inspector general report released Sept. 3.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  30. Shaun Donovan is Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

    Improving performance and delivering impact

    OMB head assess progress on administration goals.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  31. GSA will meet with a number of agencies and stakeholders outside government to develop open-source, mobile-friendly software that improves the Freedom of Information Act request process. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    GSA pushes for FOIA redesign

    Growing demand for information calls for new and improved processes

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  32. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta says phased retirement is a 'win-win.' Mike Morones/Staff

    Phased retirement: OPM answers your questions

    Find out more about the nuances of phased retirement, straight from the agency that wrote the rules.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  33. Information Systems Technician 1st Class Levan Blackwell, right, and Logistics Specialist 1st Class Jesus Cervantes, center, meet with a sailor during the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O) 2013 kickoff for Bahrain. MC1(SW/AW) Felicito Rustique / Navy

    OPM kicks off annual charity drive

    Combined Federal Campaign offers more options for donations than in the past.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  34. Barry West, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.'s CIO, believes government IT is in a time of major transition. Mike Morones/Staff

    Move to mobile IT a balance between security, capability

    Anonymity and data protection are of equal importance.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  35. Roger Waldron, of the Coalition for Government Procurement, questions whether EAGLE II is needed. File

    EAGLE II protest odyssey nears an end

    Contract's largest track still held up.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  36. 64 small businesses are on DHS' EAGLE II contract. Thomas Brown/Staff

    Small firms eager for EAGLE II opportunities

    64 small businesses are on the DHS contract.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  37. House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers: A continuing resolution is necessary to prevent a government shutdown. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Continuing resolution would allow federal pay raise in 2015

    Federal employees would get a 1 percent pay raise in 2015 under a continuing resolution resolution introduced by House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers Sept. 9.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  38. A police officer stands guard at the front gate of the Washington Naval Yard on September 17, 2013, one day after Aaron Alexis killed 13 people during a shooting rampage. USIS came under scrutiny after the incident because it had vetted Alexis for his security clearance. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    OPM cancels contract with USIS

    The Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor targeted last month by a cyberattack, the Associated Press is reporting today.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  39. The dome of the US Capitol is seen March 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. As work continues on the dome restoration, the last chance for ?scaffold-free? views of the Capitol is approaching, with the best opportunity within the next two weeks. AFP PHOTO/ Karen BLEIER KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    House bill would fund government through mid-December

    The U.S. House will vote this week on a stopgap funding bill to keep the government running until Dec. 11.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  40. Even as agencies begin to move IT into the cloud, agency officials are leery, survey suggests. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Study: Most federal IT professionals wary of cloud

    Agencies are moving data in to the cloud, but only a fifth of officials believe their cloud security is sufficient.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  41. The Social Security Administration has not decided if it will implement phased retirement. AFP/Getty Images

    Social Security may not implement phased retirement

    Agency is 'evaluating' OPM's regulations, targeting '2015 or later' if it offers the option at all.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  42. Everyone wants a 'silver bullet,' but buzzowrds and jargon can make solutions hard to find, says former OMB official Karen Evans. File

    Want solutions? Skip the buzzwords

    Jargon can obscure rather than illuminate, panelists agree.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  43. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Congress may vote on a continuing resolution soon. Larry French / Getty Images

    Continuing resolution may set agency funding at 2014 levels

    Lawmakers on the House Appropriations committee are discussing the creation of a continuing resolution that would fund the government at fiscal 2014 levels, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said to reporters Sept. 9.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  44. Vehicle Rehab: Billions have been spent at Anniston Army Depot's Combat Vehicle Repair Facility, which has the capability to overhaul any combat vehicle. US Army

    More gaps found in contracts website

    GAO report critiquing did not catch everything.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  45. Trippie

    Fail early: A new business model for government

    Failure should not be seen as a negative, if it happens fast enough to forestall an expensive mistake.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  46. OPM: Fallen federal employees to be honored with flag

    Federal employees who lose their lives on the job will now be honored with a flag given to their beneficiaries, according to regulations finalized today by the Office of Personnel Management.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  47. Government's landlord finds procurement aid

    New app helps to process requests.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  48. GSA officials said transferring and selling properties, such as the Old Post Office Pavilion, has brought in $139 million since fiscal 2012. Wikipedia

    GSA ramps up excess property disposals

    The agency has been seliing or leasing buildings, lighthouses and land parcels at a rapid rate.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
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