US comptroller general outlines ways to curb federal improper payments, improve fiscal health

Congress can help federal agencies reduce the billions of dollars in improper payments they make annually through new legislation and providing investigators with access to particular databases, among other actions, the nation's comptroller general said at a Senate Finance Committee hearing last week.

A closer look at NIST's cloud roadmap and hybrid guidance

It's been four years since the Office of Management and Budget asked federal chief information officers to think "cloud first" – or consider cloud computing-based solutions when investing in new technology, or updating legacy systems. 

DOE, GSA team with promising programs to improve building efficiency

In an effort to support their Green Proving Ground and High Impact Technology Catalyst programs, two federal agencies requested information this week regarding how to improve green building technologies, according to a GSA news release.

National Archives releases list of publicly suggested digitization priorities

After a few weeks of requesting feedback from the public regarding which areas of the National Archives they would like to see digitized, the agency was flooded with suggestions, according to a recent NARA blog post.

DoD offers a peek at status reports for more than 30 acquisition programs

A Defense Department report dated Sept. 23, but only released publicly Oct. 6, provides brief status updates on some of the military's most important and high-profile acquisitions. 

DoD IG gets mixed results from Customer Service Week 'Twitterview'

A Defense Department Office of Inspector General "Twitterview" with Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman Patrick Gookin garnered attention on the social media platform – and not all of it positive. DoD OIG held the Oct. 7 Twitter chat in honor of Customer Service Week.

House lawmakers grill NPPD officials about proposed reorganization plan

Homeland Security Department officials appeared to allay some concerns among House lawmakers, who said during an Oct. 7 hearing that they felt their oversight role was being sidestepped when a leaked reorganization plan for the cybersecurity directorate was reported by the media this summer.

18F launches 'Digital Economy' consulting arm

The consulting practice within the General Services Administration's innovation lab will now help agencies solve digital challenges within specific policy verticals, beginning with finance.

NSF grants look to advance cybermanufacturing

With grants from the National Science Foundation, dozens of universities will research how Internet applications can boost American manufacturing.

NIST draft guide aims to bolster email security

The National Institute of Standards and Technology issued a draft publication Sept. 28 that will help federal enterprise email administrators, information security specialists and network managers better safeguard email.

Revision could move NIST authentication guidance out of the weeds

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's authentication guidance document, known as NIST Special Publication 800-63, is being revised to better align with modern expectations of how to use authentication technologies within federal information systems, said Sean Brooks, privacy engineer at NIST.

Cyber vandalism 'the least of our worries,' says White House cybersecurity coordinator

Cyber intrusions that result in embarrassing social media posts or websites going dark are hardly blips on the radar for White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel.

Some fed IT specialist work experiences among lowest in government, survey says

More than 60 percent of all federal IT specialists cannot say for sure or do not believe their working units are able to recruit the talent necessary for their jobs, according to a federal poll of all the government's workers.

GAO: USPS on-time delivery metrics lacking

The Postal Service reports that on-time delivery performance is improving, but auditors at the Government Accountability Office are skeptical because figures presented by the agency only reflect about half of the mail it processes.

Workforce issues, strategies define success as governments go digital, says report

Across the globe, a dearth of digital skills in the government workforce presents a major challenge to the delivery of digital services, according to a survey of public sector leaders.

Cybersecurity is 'soft underbelly' of nuclear energy industry, new critical report says

Nuclear energy facilities worldwide are highly vulnerable to cyber attacks as a result of pervasive technical and cultural challenges, London-based think tank Chatham House said.

DoD report: Acquisition performance improves but at the expense of technical advancement

A review of Defense Department acquisition reveals encouraging results in terms of cost savings and performance, but also shows that an overly cautious approach to contracting may result in missed technological opportunities.

GAO launches consulting arm

The Government Accountability Office opened the doors to its Center of Audit Excellence Oct. 1, which will provide fee-based products and services to domestic and international accountability organizations.

DoD wants DIB to divulge breaches

The Defense Department initiated a policy that would require contractors in its Defense Industrial Base, or DIB, information sharing network to report certain cyber breaches in all contracts with the department.

CIA looks to cloud, big data to advance mission

The Central Intelligence Agency is embracing cloud computing technology to help ease the burden of computing-intensive analytics programs that produce intelligence for its agents. It's also opening doors that will help the CIA to partner with innovative vendors in the big data market.