Workforce

Health care reform tied to IT

Health care reform won't be complete without adopting health IT, the national coordinator for health IT says.

Workforce

White House seeks cuts to defense contractor workforce

The Obama administration wants to save $900 million by reducing defense contractor employees and get $2 billion by collecting delinquent taxes from federal contractors.

Cybersecurity

Panel says it will approve millions more for swine flu

The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee said the group will approve spending more than $2 billion to deal with swine flu.

Cybersecurity

DHS opens Global Entry program to Netherlands

DHS has signed an agreement with the Netherlands to jointly recognize each other's trusted traveler programs for air passengers.

Cybersecurity

Survey: IT high on wish list for new money

State and local public safety agencies want to use new federal money to help fund technology projects, according to a new survey.

Cybersecurity

Interior Department to upgrade disaster monitoring

The U.S. Geological Survey will upgrade volcano, earthquake, and flood monitoring and warning systems.

IT Modernization

Cloud computing moves into public safety

Companies introduce software as a service for communications between fire, police and emergency agencies.

IT Modernization

41 states and DC now publishing tax-expenditure reports

Many states are now releasing tax-break tallies, according to a new report.

Cybersecurity

GAO: Dead people can still get passports

The State Department needs to conduct mandatory checks of a death database to avoid issuing fraudulent passports, GAO recommends in a new report.

IT Modernization

VA will use existing technology for new GI bill benefits

An automated system to process veterans’ education benefits won’t become operational until late 2010, VA officials said.

IT Modernization

States see IT, other delays costing them on Real ID

Some state governments project increasing costs for them to implement the Real ID Act because of delays by the Homeland Security Department in making IT and policy decisions, a new report says.

IT Modernization

Towns calls for IT committee on stimulus spending

Federal, state and private sector IT leaders should help track the stimulus package, House committee chairman suggests.

Workforce

GAO: Energy faces problems with stimulus billions

The stimulus law sends almost $12 billion to Energy Department programs with track records that raise concerns about accountability, the GAO says.

Cybersecurity

GAO: Fake IDs yield passports

GAO investigators had no problems getting genuine United States passports by using false documents.

IT Modernization

Auditors: IRS should scan servers weekly

The IRS should scan all servers often to protect against malicious code and software attacks, IG recommends.

IT Modernization

Auditors: FEMA acquisition files are a mess

Private auditors could locate only eight of the 24 contracting files they requested in a recent review at the agency's headquarters.

IT Modernization

Issa wants subcontract data on Recovery.gov

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa considers the lack of subcontractor data to be a weak spot in Recovery.gov.

Workforce

House members back whistleblower bill

The federal whistleblower protection provisions that almost made it into the economic stimulus law are revived in the House.

IT Modernization

DHS plans enhanced interoperability standard

DHS is preparing to release this summer an enhanced version of its standard for bridging disparate radio systems, an official said at the GovSec conference today.

Workforce

Law freezes competitive sourcing

The fiscal 2009 spending law includes a moratorium on new competitive sourcing projects.

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