Digital Government

Over $45 billion in unemployment paid to fraudsters during pandemic, watchdog says

The Labor Department's Office of Inspector General says that the department needs to do more to obtain state-level unemployment insurance data to help with antifraud efforts.

Labor Department evolves efforts to assist states in UI delivery

A pilot project meant to give the federal government a more central role in unemployment insurance delivery, is raising questions inside the Department of Labor and in Congress about the role of identity verification and enforcement authority over states in the system.

Lawmakers seek action on pressing spectrum issues

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle said Congress should immediately reauthorize the Federal Communications Commissions' spectrum auction capabilities and take steps to make more federally operated spectrum available for commercial use.

White House roadmap will guide efforts to regulate crypto, digital assets

Several agencies contributed to the new framework, as the Biden administration eyes a streamlined approach to regulating and benefitting from the volatile digital asset marketplace.

OMB's 'learning agenda' looks to drive government innovation

The learning agenda, focused on the federal workforce, government service delivery and equity, is meant to spur research across government silos and spark innovation, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

Agencies probe AI's impact on the American workplace

The top official at the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs said that government contractors have an "especially important role to play" in ensuring that automated technology in the workplace doesn't discriminate against qualified job-seekers.

A new White House dashboard aims to help communities confront climate risks

The just-launched federal website provides a range of information around extreme weather and natural disasters.

OMB looks to update federal race and ethnicity data standards

The government's chief statistician put out a call for input via newly announced listening sessions as part of OMB's work to update federal race and ethnicity standards.

OMB prioritizes CX in budget planning

The inclusion of customer experience and service delivery priorities in budget preparation guidance from OMB will likely get the attention of agencies as they prepare their budget requests for the next fiscal year, experts told FCW.

Traffic overwhelms student loan sites following Biden’s debt relief announcement

Student loan company Nelnet said providers received no advance warning about the White House’s loan forgiveness plan, contributing to confusion and site outages.

Executive order will guide $52 billion in CHIPS Act funding

The White House is establishing a steering council to direct the implementation of nearly $52 billion in semiconductor research and development featured in the recently passed CHIPS and Science Act.

How the VA’s adoption of Login.gov is going

The agency is standing up in-person identity proofing to help veterans who struggle to go through the identity proofing process online because of a lack of connectivity or existing digital credentials.

Bill Foster talks digital identity

The stars may finally be aligning for comprehensive digital identity legislation to pass in Congress. If it does, the Illinois Democrat will be a big reason why.

New report warns of growing 'data divide'

The Center for Data Innovation says a lack of collection and use of data across demographics is leading to disparities in access to critical services.

FTC contemplates rules to protect against commercial surveillance and lax data privacy

The Commission voted Thursday to issue a notice of their proposed rulemaking and solicit public comment.

Agencies are still wrangling over death data

Information about deaths is a key part of administering programs like Social Security, but how data is collected and shared comes with questions.

IRS free file figures into Senate Dems' reconciliation bill

Questions about the tax agency's capacity to deliver and support a public online tax filing system.