House panel hones in on postal service reform
One of Congress’s most contentious committees is pushing toward a rare bipartisan victory: reforming the United States Postal Service.
House Oversight committee places high priority on renewing E-Gov Act provisions
While the federal IT and acquisition communities still are “patiently” waiting for President Donald Trump to name key players at the Office of Management and Budget, the General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management, Republican lawmakers gave us a little bit of insight into their plans for 2017.
Bipartisan Hill leaders warn White House on whistleblowers
Is it divine intervention or just a fortuitous coincidence that congressional defense of federal whistleblowers comes as the two-week-old Trump administration is making government employees nervous?
Cybersecurity Still an Uphill Battle After OPM Breach, DoD CIO Says
Though lessons learned from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach have resulted in many improvements in cybersecurity practices, the 2015 breach and subsequent cyber incidents led members at a House Oversight Committee hearing on Thursday to question the pace of Federal data protection efforts.
OPM’s cleared up some IT rough spots, but encryption still unfinished
When the Office of Personnel Management announced that hackers had stolen personally identifiable information for roughly 22 million federal employees, contractors and prospective feds and contractors, critics quickly pointed out the fact that those records had
GOP moves to undo Obama contractor ‘blacklist’
Republican lawmakers acted to formally undo one of former President Barack Obama's efforts to tighten labor regulations, with the House voting 236-87 Thursday on a resolution to undo an executive order that effectively created a blacklist for federal contractors that had been charged with labor violations.
Inspectors General Worry About Hiring Freeze, Regulatory Cap
Inspectors general, fresh off of passage of a new law enhancing their powers, “are concerned a lot about the potential impact of [President Trump’s] hiring freeze,” Justice Department IG Michael Horowitz told a House panel on Wednesday.
IGs to Congress: Give us greater authorities and more personnel
Agency watchdogs told members of Congress on Feb. 1 that the Inspectors General Empowerment Act has afforded them greater access to agency materials but noted that limited investigative authorities and staffing levels continue to constrict their effectiveness.
Chaffetz: Trump Told Me ‘Go After Everything You Want To Go After’
Congressman Jason Chaffetz said during Tuesday’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that President Trump instructed him and the committee to pursue every government investigation they deem appropriate.
Report finds FBI, DHS rent office space inside foreign-owned buildings, spurring spy concerns
The FBI, U.S. Secret Service and two dozen other federal agencies lease office space within foreign-owned buildings, a government watchdog reported Monday, raising concerns given the potential it provides for adversaries to conduct espionage against valuable American targets.