The Government Accountability Office brought in 13 experts on federal technology last fall to have a frank discussion about what’s working and what’s not with the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act.
The Trump administration’s government reorganization directly impacts federal agencies, but Congress will have its work cut out as lawmakers balance their own jurisdictional priorities with policy and personnel changes.
Trump’s policies might save some money in DoD by reducing waste, fraud and abuse, but some changes, like the hiring freeze, might do more damage than good to the Pentagon.
The IRS says a “convenience app” on the Education Department’s student loan online application is being used to steal identities and file tax returns. The tax agency is working to notify potential victims and has flagged the accounts to protect against future ID theft attempts.
Congress is once again examining the results of the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Lawmakers said they’re encouraged by the progress the Homeland Security Department has made, despite its continued last-place ranking.
Veterans Affairs Department employees are now answering 99.8 percent of veterans’ calls to the VA crisis hotline, and fewer than 1 percent of those calls are rolling over to backup centers. But the VA Inspector General and lawmakers still see some troubling challenges.
Three senior Air Force generals urged lawmakers to pass a complete budget, warning that another continuing resolution would have consequences for the Air Force so dire that all training missions would be grounded for two months.
U.S. Transportation Command uses a lot of civilian businesses, but are their networks harming national security?
Organization, accountability and a willingness to partner with industry are necessary to improving federal IT acquisition.
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.”