Workforce

Fired State Department IG cites 'bullying' from senior officials

Steve Linick told lawmakers that he didn't know why he was dismissed from his post, but many Democrats say investigations of Secretary Mike Pompeo played a role.

Workforce

Data sharing and COVID-19

Agencies are working to simultaneously modernize and share data to ensure continuity of business.

Digital Government

Obama team couldn't cope with Russian election meddling, report says

The administration did not view cyber activities by Russia as part of a larger overall campaign and limited information-sharing efforts in ways that inhibited a more cohesive response.

IT Modernization

State looks to the cloud for building management services

The State Department's building administration agency is investigating software-as-a-service solutions for its site managers as an alternative to an existing shared services platform.

IT Modernization

USAID looks to tech, automation for HR service delivery

The agency's chief human capital officer explains how necessity drove the adoption of a more automated HR workflow to serve its far-flung employees.

Workforce

IG, legislators condemn Trump administration for attacks on career officials

State Department Office of the Inspector General report alleges obstruction and political attacks on career civil servants

Workforce

Agencies lag on IT workforce planning, GAO says

The congressional watchdog warned that agencies are putting billions in spending at risk by not taking steps to raise skills and competencies in the IT workforce.

Cybersecurity

Watchdog: Hiring freeze increased cyber risk at State

An extended hiring freeze at the Department of State delayed key cybersecurity initiatives and placed highly classified information at risk, according to a watchdog report.

IT Modernization

The stubborn persistence of government data centers

DHS, DOJ, State Department officials agree that hybrid infrastructure is the answer for the foreseeable future.

Cybersecurity

Bill boosting cyber R&D between U.S. and Israel passes House

The House quietly passed legislation on July 23 that would expand cybersecurity research and development partnerships between several federal agencies and the government of Israel.

Cybersecurity

Senate turns up a decade of federal cybersecurity failure

Some of the biggest civilian agencies have failed to act on internal cybersecurity audits dating back multiple years, a Senate report found.

Cybersecurity

GSA cautions on telecom contract deadline

Agencies that miss the first Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions transition milestone this autumn will set off warning signals.

IT Modernization

GAO: cloud saved agencies $300 million, but data is incomplete

Agencies are investing more in cloud and saving hundreds of millions of dollars as a result — but cloud investments still only represent a fraction of government IT purchases, and data on their cost and savings is far from complete.

Cybersecurity

Pompeo: Huawei deals threatens info-sharing with allies

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said countries that fail to heed warnings about Chinese telecommunications provider Huawei are putting their security and information-sharing relationships with the U.S. at risk.

Workforce

Second month of furlough brings changes for workforce

Federal agencies shuttered due to the shutdown sent out a second round of furlough notices in recent days, while the Office of Personnel Management updated guidance regarding leave accrual, retirement benefits and health care enrollment.

Cybersecurity

Shutdown showdown shifts back to the Senate

Lawmakers are hurtling toward a partial government shutdown on Friday, as Trump and House conservatives dig in on wall funding.

Cybersecurity

House and Senate agree on CR through Feb. 8

It's still not clear if President Trump will agree to punt a confrontation on funding for the border wall until February, when Democrats control the House of Representatives.

Cybersecurity

Pay raise, MGT wrapped up in border wall fight

As President Trump and lawmakers wrangle over funding for a border wall, a partial government shutdown looms.

Cybersecurity

Senate panel votes to revive State cyber office

Lawmakers are closing in on an effort to reverse a Trump administration move to sideline a cyber diplomacy function at State.

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