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This Senator Wants Congress To Stop Playing It Fast And Loose On Cybersecurity

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is worried Congress is moving too fast when it comes to cybersecurity. The Oregon Democrat, a staunch privacy a...

Government Lacks Strategy for Cyber Attack Response, Say Techonomy Policy Panelists

Techonomy | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

As the Internet spreads its tentacles into every nook of society, attacks are rapidly increasing against individuals, companies, governments, and the very Net infrastructure upon which they all rely. The attackers range from cyber criminals to non-state actors like ISIS and nation-states. But law enforcement, government regulation, and military response are not keeping up.

8 Things You Should Know About the Office of Personnel Management Breach

Michael Gregg | Posted 06.26.2015 | Technology
Michael Gregg

For almost a month, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has been engaged in damage control after publicly disclosing that it was the victim of a massive data breach of government employee data.

The Real Cybercrime

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 06.25.2015 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

It now seems that the Office of Personnel Management, which had outsourced its data storage to other Federal agencies, has lost an astonishing 18 million personnel records, including most of those involving security clearances.

Sex, Lies And Debt Potentially Exposed By U.S. Data Hack

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

By Arshad Mohammed and Joseph Menn WASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) - When a retired 51-year-old military man disclosed in a U.S. securit...

The Real Question We Should Be Asking After the Massive Government Hack

Adam Levin | Posted 06.11.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

True or False? There was no way the Office of Personnel Management could have prevented hackers from stealing the sensitive personal information of 4.1 million federal employees, past and present. If you guessed "False," you'd be wrong. If you guessed, "True," you'd also be wrong.

With So Many Ethics Laws, Why So Many Ethics Flaws?

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Ethics laws can stop some illegal behavior but they cannot produce ethical individuals. Ethics laws can assure greater transparency but they cannot, by themselves, produce greater trust.

Homeland Security Contractor Reports Computer Breach

Reuters | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A company that performs background checks for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday it was the victim of a...

Campaign Cash Rules Drown in the Bathtub

Michael Winship | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

What little power the government still has to regulate campaign finance donations -- already whittled to a minimum by Citizens United -- is being steadily eroded by funding cutbacks, intimidation, bureaucracy and an inability or refusal to enforce the few rules we have left.

The Grey Twilight of Veterans' Preference

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

On the face of it, the Veterans' Preference Act seems fair and just -- recognition of the hardships of battle, the economic stress of military service, the delayed career progression, and the emotional toll on family and self. And yet, it is highly convoluted and controversial.

Capitol Hill Crisis Averted

AP | By JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under a forthcoming fix from the Obama administration, American taxpayers will continue paying for most of the health benefit cost...

Capitol Hill Obamacare Crisis Reportedly Solved

Politico | John Bresnahan | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

Lawmakers and staff can breathe easy - their health care tab is not going to soar next year. ...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Staff In Same-Sex Marriages Chalk Up Key Win Post-DOMA | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Things just got a little bit easier for Senate staffers in same-sex marriages. On Tuesday, a mass email went out to thousands of Sen...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Staffers In Same-Sex Marriages Can Now Extend Federal Benefits To Their Families | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than a week after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, Senate staffers in same-sex marriages have been told t...

Proposed Changes in the Federal Government's Employee Charitable Giving Program Are Hopelessly Flawed, Will Result in Massive Loss of Funds to Charities

Steve Delfin | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Steve Delfin

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - Thanks to the generosity of Federal employees, who donate through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), nearly $7 billion of un...

Federal Government Closed Tuesday

Posted 10.29.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Office of Personnel Management announced Monday afternoon that the federal government will be closed on Tuesday as inclement weather...

The Federal Telework Report Card

Josh Sawislak | Posted 09.16.2012 | DC
Josh Sawislak

Telework is not a silver bullet. It won't cure cancer or make your hair grow back (darn!). It's a management tool, pure and simple and we need to treat it as such and stop trying to vilify or lionize it.

Federal Government Opening Late

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Freezing rain and slick roads in the D.C. region have prompted the Office of Personnel Management to delay the opening of the federal go...

We Paid Dead People Using Paper, Pencil and a Whole Lot of Spit

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

The technology to fix the Federal Employees Retirement System isn't a pipe dream. It's ready to use, right now. It's time to solve this problem once and for all for federal employees, its retirees and the American taxpayer.

USAJOBS 3.0 Jumps the Shark

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 01.09.2012 | Technology
Linda E. Brooks Rix

When the Obama administration needed real, proven innovative skills -- in this particular case to address the problem of veterans' unemployment -- it was not surprising to see that it had finally turned to private sector professionals for the solution.

USAJobs: Help Not Wanted, But Desperately Needed

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 12.13.2011 | Technology
Linda E. Brooks Rix

One year behind schedule and nearly $20 million spent this year alone, the Office of Personnel Management couldn't come close to engineering a smooth launch of its USAJobs 3.0 platform update on Wednesday.

The District of Cognitive Dissonance

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

Despite a dire economic situation with enormous odds stacked against us, our government is seriously dumbing-down its own financial prowess, as evidenced by the recent minimum qualification standards set by the Office of Personnel Management.

Federal Government Pays Dead Workers $120 Million A Year: Report

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.23.2011 | Business

As politicians debate the best way to address the national deficit, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has found one line-item that would seem ea...

You Can Take It With You: Dead Federal Retirees Paid Millions Annually, Report Finds

Washington Post | By Ed O’Keefe | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

The federal government pays out millions of dollars to dead people each year -- including deceased retired federal workers, according to a new report....

Low and Slow: The Process of Reforming Government

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

If you were asked to make a personal investment in an organization would you accept an investment plan that would take 10 years, billions of dollars, with the odds of success below 25 percent?