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USASpending.gov updated, functionality drastically diminished say businesses

In the early hours of March 31, the Treasury Department pushed out an update to USASpending.gov, one of the federal government's premier open data platforms, but instead of ushering in improvements or new capabilities, changes to the massive database tool stripped the site of critical functionality.

IARPA seeking information about combating insider threats in development of new program

The federal govenrment is seeking more information about how it can combat threats from insiders who might engage in espionage, sabotage and violence as it prepares to solicit bids to develop a new program.

Independent UN expert will probe, monitor and report on online privacy issues

Brazil and Germany – two countries concerned about data collection, electronic surveillance and interception of digital communications by governments and private companies – pushed for a resolution that established the special investigator.

GitHub still fighting DDoS attack reportedly from Chinese hackers

Chinese hackers are reportedly continuing their assault on the U.S. social coding platform GitHub with a distributed denial-of-service attack that is routing traffic from China's most popular search engine, The Wall Street Journal reported March 29.

OMB to issue FITARA implementation guidance

The Office of Management and Budget plans to issue formal guidance to agencies on implementing the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, which passed in December as part of the fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill.

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The man at the center of the General Service's Administration's Las Vegas conference spending scandal pleaded guilty Wednesday to making a false claim to the federal government. Jeffrey Neely, the former GSA acting regional administrator, admitted to submitting a claim for reimbursement for a claim for lodging expenses at a Las Vegas-area casino, which he knew was not incurred for official business, says an emailed statement from the GSA inspector general.

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Senior executives in the federal government worry that if Congress makes it easier to fire them, it will erode morale and make the top ranks of agencies even more political, says an April 1 survey from the Senior Executive Association. The SEA, the organization representing senior executives in federal service, has vigorously opposed what it calls "Congressional 'at will' employment legislative proposals," which would allow the federal agencies to more easily fire senior executives.