Retired Gen. Keith Alexander, the former head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, told House Homeland Security Committee members they should go further than just creating a new cyber agency within DHS.
DoD analysts and former officials are recommending direct hiring and pay authority over civilian Pentagon workers.
Three top Air Force generals told Congress that manpower issues were the greatest challenge to the organization’s readiness. While specific concerns varied between the USAF, the Reserves and the Air National Guard, each agreed that recruiting and retention is their top priority.
The Veterans Affairs Department, Congress and Government Accountability Office all agree: an outdated and inflexible hiring process and serious shortcomings with the department’s human resources functions are prohibiting the agency from quickly filling at least 45,000 open health care positions.
While the Defense Department balances the threat of sequestration with additional spending money from the White House, some members of Congress are looking at ways to support military members and their families.
A new bill that would limit how much time doctors, nurses and other employees at the Veterans Affairs Department could spend on union business has support now from VA itself. The department said having its employees spend 100 percent of their hours on official time is “necessary, reasonable and in the public’s best interest.”
A Defense Business Board report remains a thorn in DoD’s side, even as the agency stands to get an additional $54 billion in spending for fiscal 2018.
Only one military leader was aware of a new investigation into Tumblr blogs by the military.
The Government Accountability Office is questioning whether the right people, skills and leadership were devoted to the Veterans Affairs Department’s past efforts to remove VA healthcare from the High-Risk List. But current VA leadership insisted it’s paying attention and asked for patience as it continues to transform the department.
House Armed Services Committee aides say they want to keep a close eye on the personnel reforms put in place by the 2017 NDAA.
While the health care legislation debate grows heated, a few senators are thinking about the coming end of the 2017 budget continuing resolution and what to do about passing a 2018 budget by Sept. 30. Voices in the wilderness or a growing Congressional movement? Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings has some answers on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has been sitting on bids from three vendors for a $40 million systems integration contract for more than nine months without any real updates, and now three lawmakers are asking why.
The Office of Management and Budget’s fiscal 2016 Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) report to Congress shows more agencies have stronger cyber defenses in place.
The Marine Corps is creating a Marine Expeditionary Force for information warfare, cyber and intelligence.
Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member of the committee, wrote separate letters to NARA and the White House about ensuring records are managed properly.