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GSA says cyber ‘mistake’ was ‘no breach'; others investigate

A Government Services Administration office known as 18F functions as a computer consultancy for federal agencies and says it was “built in the spirit of America’s top tech startups.” But this government tech start-up had a technical slip-up of its own. “Over 100 GSA Google Drives were reportedly accessible by users both inside and outside […]

Want a security clearance? Feds will now check your Facebook and Twitter first

The government will start scanning Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts of thousands of federal employees and contractors applying and re-applying for security clearances in a first-ever policy released Friday. Show More Summary

Congress hits official called ‘naive’ or ‘incompetent’ over FDIC cyberbreaches

A series of cybersecurity incidents at the federal office safeguarding bank deposits has seriously shaken the confidence of House members who were dismayed by agency testimony Thursday. Lawrence Gross, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s...Show More Summary

Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall and other ideas are publicly off-limits for Obama officials

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has assailed Donald Trump’s vow to build a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico frontier as “overheated, oversimplistic rhetoric” and a bad idea. He’s called Trump’s controversial remarks toward Muslims...Show More Summary

Why does the FBI rate high and the Secret Service score low on morale?

Among federal agencies, the FBI and the Secret Service have the highest profiles. They each have a long, proud history, albeit with some serious dents along the way, catching mobsters or protecting presidents. But they are not similar when it comes to their rankings among employees. FBI employee engagement and morale scores are high. Secret […]

Beware what you post: Federal employees may face government snooping on social media

Federal employees may want to be more prudent when posting to social media and more selective about selfies, as the government eyes their online activities to gauge their trustworthiness. Two subcommittees of the House Oversight andShow More Summary

Taxpayers covered $14 billion in sham charges by private health plans paying for seniors’ care, report says

Medicare paid out $14.1 billion in bogus claims in one year to private health insurance companies that bill the government for care to the elderly, but the plans have not had to pay back the money, a new report finds. The private plans, called Medicare Advantage, have weak defenses against fraud, and even when they are audited, the investigations […]

Susan Rice condemns voices who ‘deride our diversity,’ says immigrants are essential to U.S. security

Susan Rice, the president’s national security adviser, spoke out Wednesday against those in American politics who have called for barring refugees based on their religion and said the United States needs a more diverse foreign policy workforce to address the national security challenges facing the country. Rice, who previously served as President Obama’s ambassador to […]

FDIC cyberattacks included hit on former chairman’s computer

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) is an independent agency created by Congress to maintain “public confidence in the nation’s financial system.” So says its mission statement. Millions of Americans demonstrate their trust in the agency every time they make a deposit in a U.S. bank where the funds are guaranteed by the FDIC. Yet, […]

Homeland chief keeps trying to make his employees happy. Can a new mission statement safeguard the nation and their morale?

With his sprawling agency ranking lowest in morale in the government, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will unveil a new strategy Wednesday to unify the 226,000 employees who work at the third largest Cabinet department: A new mission statement. “With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values,” it states. In […]

Top Republican to IRS: You say you’re broke. How can you afford 700 new employees?

The chairman of a powerful House committee is demanding to know how IRS chief John Koskinen has found the money to hire up to 700 enforcement staff when he told Congress a short time ago his agency was more or less broke. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform panel, reminded the IRS commissioner in […]

FDIC reports five ‘major incidents’ of cybersecurity breaches since fall

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) on Monday retroactively reported to Congress that five additional “major incidents” of data breaches have occurred since Oct. 30. FDIC also is launching “a new initiative to enhance security.”...Show More Summary

Park Service and corporate advertising, a dangerous mix

National Park Service (NPS) rangers won’t be decorated with corporate logos à la NASCAR drivers, but the agency’s plan to allow advertising-like recognition of donors, including a beer maker, flirts with making national parks resemble ballparks. Show More Summary

Yosemite National Park, brought to you by Starbucks?

A Coca-Cola Visitor Center will still be off-limits, but an auditorium at Yosemite National Park named after Coke will now be permitted. Naming rights to roads are not up for grabs, but visitors could tour Bryce Canyon in a bus wrapped in the Michelin Man. And park-goers could sit on a bench named for Humana health insurance […]

Consumer rights to expand under government plan against restrictive contract language

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to give David a bigger stone to sling at Goliath. In this case, David represents consumers who feel cheated by Goliath financial-service companies. Currently, many of the contracts consumers...Show More Summary

The defense secretary wants his scientists to travel. They’ve been grounded by bureaucracy.

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter issued an unusual missive last fall to the Pentagon’s top brass: Cut through the bureaucracy and make it easier for scientists and other government employees to travel to conferences so they can share their work. It had been three years since the White House cracked down on federal travel across the government […]

You’re more likely to get audited as IRS adds 700 employees to chase tax cheats

The Internal Revenue Service is hiring up to 700 new employees to do audits and go after delinquent taxpayers in an effort to turn around years of what the agency has acknowledged is lax enforcement. “When you look at the IRS overall, every dollar invested in us returns at least $4 to the Treasury,” Commissioner John […]

‘We save people’s lives': Sammies finalists show importance of feds’ work

When you’re around Rep. Don Beyer, it doesn’t take long to learn his family tree is full of federal employees. He talks about his grandmother, 50 years a fed; his grandfather’s three decades with the Interior Department; his other grandfather, a government staffer during World War II. His wife is a federal employee. Beyer (D-Va.) […]

Why is it so hard to get a federal job? Here’s one reason.

Every federal agency has two groups of employees that hold the key to who gets hired: Those in the personnel office and those who carry out the agency’s mission. For the most part, these staffs don’t collaborate as they should, and their broken relationship is a big reason that government has a lot of trouble identifying […]

White House tells federal agencies: Start preparing for a new president

The federal budget, more than most responsibilities of a president, is a statement of an administration’s priorities for governing. And being so far-reaching and complex, a budget takes a long time to craft and get approved by Congress. With this in mind and an emphasis on easing the transfer of power to the next president, the […]

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