The Veterans Affairs Department once again needs congressional authority to transfer funds from one account to another to keep the Veterans Choice Program running for the rest of fiscal 2017. VA Secretary David Shulkin says the issue emphasizes the need to redesign the program, yet Congress has its concerns about the viability of Choice in the near and long term future.
Senate appropriators continue to be concerned about the Modernizing Government Technology Act, particularly letting each agency have a working capital fund.
Foreign affairs imposed on the Trump administration. Treasury moved to sanction North Koreans believed to have military ties. Trump said the U.S. would take unilateral action in response to Pyonyang threats.
The Defense Department’s top tech official said his top worry is the retention and recruitment of talented employees as pay and benefits make it more enticing to work for private companies.
As the National Guard expands its cyber forces to 30 units, it is still trying to figure out how to deal with a cyber training backlog.
The Senate IT working group is circulating a discussion draft of a cloud bill to improve FedRAMP and create a new fund at GSA to help pay for cloud transitions.
It’s sad to say, but bad news is often good news for the media. That’s a shame, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, because so much good news about the federal government never gets reported.
General Services Administration Inspector General Brian Miller told senators on Wednesday his office had made a criminal referral to the Justice Department relating to the ongoing spending scandal. Speaking at the last of four congressional hearings about the GSA, Miller testified that he has heard from “a lot” of whistleblowers since his report was released several weeks ago.
Seven senators have requested an independent investigation by the Defense Department’s inspector general into the accidental disclosure of technical data to rival bidders Boeing and EADS in the Air Force’s refueling tanker competition.