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Workplace Bullying, A Form Of Violence Pursued Under Title VII

Alev Dudek | Posted 02.03.2017 | Business
Alev Dudek

Most of us associate bullying with children and schools. Rarely do we think of adults at a professional workplace. However, approximately 27 percent o...

The Growing Severity Of Cyber-Attacks And How To Protect Against Them

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.14.2016 | Business
Daniel Wagner

Despite the fact that cyber-attacks occur with greater frequency and intensity around the world, many either go unreported or are under-reported, leav...

Data Breaches At U.S. Office Of Personnel Management Was Preventable, Investigation Finds

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 09.07.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) did not follow rudimentary cyber security recommendations that could have mitigat...

A Cyber-Attack on a U.S. Election is Inevitable

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.19.2016 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Co-authored by Pedram Gholipour Since Direct Recording Electronic voting machines first came into vogue in the U.S. in 2002, a team of cyber-academic...

The Growing Threat of Cyber-Attacks on Critical Infrastructure

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business
Daniel Wagner

Despite the fact that cyber-attacks occur with greater frequency and intensity around the world, many either go unreported or are under-reported, leaving the public with a false sense of security about the threat they pose and the lives and property they impact.

How Mega-Breaches Could Literally Kill You

Adam Levin | Posted 01.21.2017 | Crime
Adam Levin

It was not very long ago that information shared with your doctor was sacrosanct, at the same remove from exposure as utterances made under the protection of an attorney-client relationship or pillow talk in a spousal bed. That may no longer be the case -- and the fallout could be life-threatening.

Will Someone Else Be Cashing Your Tax Refund This Year?

Adam Levin | Posted 01.14.2017 | Crime
Adam Levin

With more than a billion personal records "out there," identity theft has become the third certainty in life, right behind death and the topic at hand.

The IRS Request That Could Help Identity Thieves

Adam Levin | Posted 12.18.2016 | Crime
Adam Levin

In September, the IRS proposed giving nonprofits the option of providing more information about people who contribute $250 or more. What kind of information you ask?

The Unsuitables

Charles Francis | Posted 10.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Charles Francis

It would have been so easy for the OPM to have made at least a simple reference to the generations of LGBT employees and others who were branded "immoral" and "unsuitable" for federal employment. There has never been an apology for them.

The OPM Hack Was A Lot Worse Than Previously Disclosed

Reuters | Sam Levine | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers who stole security clearance data on millions of Defense Department and other U.S. government employees got away with a...

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 ad...

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

Techonomy | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics
Techonomy

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 06.26.2016 | 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 06.25.2016 | 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 06.15.2016 | 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 06.10.2016 | 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 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...