News Articles

The Hill | Feb 29, 2016

EPA head: Flint water crisis is personal

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy says she’s taking the Flint water crisis “much more personally” than other controversies.

Nextgov | Feb 29, 2016

Could Twitter-Savvy Teens Help Government Tackle Social Media Screening?

A systematic effort to analyze the Facebook and Twitter accounts of people undergoing background investigations to handle sensitive government information is still mostly stuck in the planning phases.

USA Today | Feb 26, 2016

Cyber hack got access to over 700,000 IRS accounts

A 2015 cyber hack of the IRS potentially gained access to personal data from more than 700,000 taxpayer accounts, more than double the total previously estimated, the tax agency said Friday.

The Washington Post | Feb 25, 2016

Is Obama administration’s new security clearance plan just ‘happy talk’?

The subject of the congressional hearing was the Obama administration’s new system for federal security clearance investigations, but a departed federal official and a recently appointed one could not escape attention.

FCW | Feb 25, 2016

Is NBIB another ‘house of cards’?

During a recent hearing, lawmakers voiced their frustration over the Obama administration's creation of a new joint venture called the National Background Investigations Bureau and questioned the need to put $95 million of the Defense Department's budget toward it.

The Washington Post | Feb 25, 2016

Is Obama administration’s new security clearance plan just ‘happy talk’?

The subject of the congressional hearing was the Obama administration’s new system for federal security clearance investigations, but a departed federal official and a recently appointed one could not escape attention.

The Washington Post | Feb 23, 2016

OPM asked to show whether federal employee performance counts for awards or discipline

A House committee chairman has asked the Obama administration to document whether federal agencies are paying awards only to their well-performing employees and whether consequences flow from poor performance.

The New York Times | Feb 23, 2016

T.S.A. Lapses, Retaliation and Bonuses Are Investigated by House Panel

A congressional committee is investigating allegations that the agency in charge of airport security retaliated against employees who reported security lapses and awarded bonuses to supervisors who ignored their warnings.

Federal News Radio | Feb 22, 2016

Education CIO, US-CERT director decide to leave government

Danny Harris decided he had enough of the berating from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and he joined a growing list of long-time federal employees who decided to retire instead of face more aggravation.

The Washington Post | Feb 22, 2016

Official overseeing breached OPM computer systems retires just ahead of House hearing

A key official overseeing the government computer systems whose breaching resulted in the theft of the personal information of more than 22 million people announced her retirement effective immediately on Monday, two days before she was scheduled to appear at a House hearing.