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Watchdog: OMB Must Do More to Cut Agency Reporting Requirements

August 15, 2017 The Office of Management and Budget has failed to carry its weight on implementing legislation that aims to save federal employees time and energy by reducing the number of reports agencies submit to Congress, a watchdog found. Federal agencies are asked to submit thousands of congressional information reports each year....

17-Year-Old Hacks US Air Force For The Biggest Bug Bounty

August 11, 2017 Foreign and domestic hackers probed hundreds of security holes in critical Air Force networks for weeks in late spring, and the Pentagon knew all about it. But instead of getting punished, the hackers got paid. The Defense Department’s third and most successful bug bounty program, Hack the Air Force, uncovered...

17-Year-Old Hacks the Air Force for the Biggest Bug Bounty

August 10, 2017 Foreign and domestic hackers probed hundreds of security holes in critical Air Force networks for weeks in late spring, and the Pentagon knew all about it. But instead of getting punished, the hackers got paid. The Defense Department’s third and most successful bug bounty program, Hack the Air Force, uncovered...

What Would Improve Data Security? 75% of Government IT Pros Say Biometrics

August 9, 2017 Nearly three-quarters of government IT experts around the world see biometrics, prediction tools and other emerging technologies as the key to improving data security and privacy throughout the public sector, according to a recent report. Employees may also reap the benefits of these systems, with 89 percent of respondents saying...

FCC Asks for Help Fixing Faulty Broadband Provider Data

August 8, 2017 The Federal Communications Commission wants recommendations on how to improve its data collection process for phone and internet access after becoming aware the agency was basing policies on increasingly flawed information. On Friday, the FCC announced its plan to revise the filing process for Form 477, a data set the...

Report: Don't Neglect Legacy IT While Waiting for the Cloud

August 7, 2017 With agencies slow to take up the government’s push to the cloud, their aging legacy IT needs serious upgrades to patch security gaps. Agencies should update and repair existing IT systems to keep up everyday operations, even if they’ll ultimately get replaced by cloud technology, according to a recent report...

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Budget Chief Vows U.S. 'Will Never Default on Its Debt'

August 4, 2017 When lawmakers return next month from recess, they’ll begin butting heads over raising the debt ceiling — an increasingly commonplace battle that threatens both federal employee pay and the world economy if the U.S. defaults on its debt. But despite his track record on the issue, Office of Management and...

Be 'Less of a Nerd,' Agency CIO Tells Fellow CIOs

August 4, 2017 Tight federal IT budgets may be the “kick in the ass” agencies need to embrace cost-effective cloud networks and stop inefficient IT practices, says one federal chief information officer. Government IT spending "is out of control primarily because people continue to custom code their own applications and build their own...

DeVos Walks Back Controversial Student Loan Contract

August 2, 2017 The Education Department on Tuesday abandoned plans for a controversial contract that would have allowed a single company to collect student loan payments. Instead, the department plans to build a single system for student loan data that multiple loan servicers can plug into. The Next Generation Processing and Servicing Environment...

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OPM Offers a New Career Guide for Executives

August 1, 2017 A new framework from the Office of Personnel Management provides the government’s highest-level civil servants with a roadmap for continued learning and growth through each stage of their careers. The framework lays out a professional development plan for Senior Executive Service members, an exclusive group of non-appointed employees tasked with...