Software glitch, mismanagement cost OSHA $92 million

A whistleblower accused Treasury and Labor officials of failing to address an error in debt processing software that wiped out $92 million in uncollected workplace safety fines.

Cybersecurity

Sen. Hassan digs into agency IT plans

The push comes, the New Hampshire Democrat explained, because of technology weaknesses exposed in the federal government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Acquisition

Paycheck protection, other pandemic response to garner 'flash' oversight

Agency inspectors general told Congress that the $2.2 trillion in spending to speed recovery and heal economic damage caused by the pandemic would be subject to quick oversight.

Digital Government

Lawmakers push for answers on SBA data leak

Despite a glitch that made headlines, the Small Business Administration had planned in advance to build tech tools to support legislative mandates for emergency business loans.

Digital Government

Agencies look to digital financial outlets to disburse relief funds

As IRS and the Small Business Administration tap digital-only financial firms to assist in relief funding, concerns are emerging about cybersecurity vulnerabilities and fraud.

Acquisition

Legacy systems crumble under high demand

Unemployment insurance and other social safety net IT systems around the county are crumbling under the stress of millions of users seeking to apply for benefits in the wake of unprecedented unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

IT Modernization

Lawmakers urge Treasury, USDA to push on EIS

In a flurry of letters from Capitol Hill before Christmas, the Agriculture and Treasury Departments got advice on leveraging Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions for modernization.

IT Modernization

Treasury floats $1B cloud buy

The Department of Treasury has released a new acquisition road map designed to shepherd the IRS into the cloud era while emphasizing buying to support shared services.

Cybersecurity

North Korean hacking groups hit with Treasury sanctions

Lazarus Group, a hacking group tied to North Korean and two of its affiliates are the latest APT group to get the 'name and shame' treatment from the U.S. government.

Cybersecurity

IRS spent $1.2 million on unused data security software, auditors say

In 2010, IRS began implementing a large data loss prevention solution to protect taxpayer data. Nearly a decade later, only one-third of the system is operational.

Digital Government

Funding bill boosts IRS tech

The House Appropriations committee voted up a bill that includes funds to modernize IRS systems and security and restore critical hiring and pay authorities last available in 2013.

10 legacy systems in need of modernization

The Government Accountability Office selected 10 systems that have unsupported hardware and software, are using outdated languages or operating with known security vulnerabilities.

OPM-GSA merger scuttled in House approps bill

The Financial Services and General Government appropriation, which includes a pay raise for civilian feds, passed its subcommittee and will be voted on by the full committee.

Foreign tech investment rules are a balancing act

The U.S. seeks to set new limits on Chinese foreign investment in the tech sector, but can rules and regulations block economic espionage and theft of trade secrets?

Cybersecurity

Cyber in the 2020 budget

The 2020 budget gives an early look at Trump administration funding priorities for cybersecurity.

Workforce

Democrats to offer four bills to reopen much of government

On day 18 of the partial government shutdown, Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) unveiled the House Democrats' plan to reopen government, calling the need to end the shutdown a top priority.

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

GAO: Most agencies aren't sticking to the cybersecurity script

A new audit finds that many big federal agencies aren't implementing key strategies contained in NIST cybersecurity framework.

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