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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...

DOD Needs to Lock Down Smart TVs to Prevent Surveillance, Watchdog Says

July 31, 2017 A number of gaps in the Defense Department’s policies surrounding personal fitness trackers, smart TVs and other internet-connected devices could put the agency at risk for sabotage, surveillance or other cyberattacks, a watchdog said. Over the years, DOD has taken many steps to plug the cybersecurity holes associated with the...

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FEMA to Standardize Misconduct Policies for Temporary Relief Workers

July 27, 2017 The Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin documenting policies and procedures for dealing with misconduct among temporary employees, potentially addressing a major cause of low morale. As the federal government’s disaster-response organization, FEMA employs 22,000 permanent and temporary workers. Temporary employees often act as first responders when disaster strikes and...

IRS Asks Congress to Renew Its Best Path for Hiring Techies Fast

July 27, 2017 IRS Commissioner John Koskinen asked Congress to reinstate a hiring authority that lets the agency fill important technical positions faster and at salaries above the federal pay cap. Reinstating the Streamline Critical Pay provision would help the IRS recruit and retain top talent without the cumbersome process required to exercise...