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VA OIG report brings to light benefit claims backlog issues at Florida facility

Inefficient document preparation and handling of hard-copy veteran materials has led to claims processing problems at a Veterans Affairs Department regional office in St. Petersburg, Fla.

DHS fails to meet certain information security requirements, DHS OIG says

The Homeland Security Department has failed to meet the basic requirements set out in some information security policies, according to a report by the DHS Office of Inspector General.

Spotlight: Fiscal 2017 budget request to publish Feb. 9, tweets OMB director

Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan tweeted Jan. 7 that the president's final budget request to Congress will be delivered on Feb. 9.

SBA making 'significant strides' on IT issues, says administrator

In the year and a half since she took the position, Small Business Administration head Maria Contreras-Sweet said the agency has made "significant strides" in addressing information technology challenges.

42% of GAO's IT security recommendations remain unimplemented

In its review of agency and department operations, the Government Accountability Office has seen a poorer response to its information security recommendations than its guidance in other areas.

Spotlight: Following Ukraine grid outage, E-ISAC urges US power companies to bolster defenses

In a notice obtained by Reuters, a public-private cyber threat information sharing group advised U.S. power companies to "do a better job" with network defense.

OPM breach story playing out at Education Dept., says congressman

Agencies aren't doing enough to implement the information security recommendations made by the oversight community, said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

FTC raises flags about big data's effect on underserved populations

Big data provides information that can benefit consumers through the development of new and customized products and services, but some uses of big data may be harmful, particularly for low-income and underserved populations, an FTC report stated.

GAO: TSA needs more efficient testing processes for screening technology

The Transportation Security Administration has made an effort to better test and evaluate airport screening technology, but the steps don't go far enough, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Navy can't 'buy' its way out of IT challenges, says new guidance document

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson released strategic guidance Jan. 5 for the service to maintain maritime superiority. 

Martin: Vets.gov will lead by example

The Veterans Affairs Department's new one-stop shop for veteran services intends to help veterans navigate the department's vast resources, but it could also help federal agencies find their way to IT project success, said VA Chief Technology Officer Marina Martin.

FAA debuts drone mobile app to promote drone safety, compliance

The Federal Aviation Administration Jan. 6 publicly released its B4UFLY mobile application for iOS devices and a test, or beta, version of the app for Android devices.

USPS underuses Web system for reporting improperly prepared mail

United States Postal Service employees are not using to its full potential a Web-based system intended to help them report and prevent improper mail preparation, an audit found.

IRS employee arrested for stealing taxpayers' sensitive information

An Internal Revenue Service employee whose job it was to assist identify theft victims has been arrested for filing $1 million in false tax claims using stolen identities.

NIST Information Technology Lab would benefit from better resource planning, outreach activities, finds report

While the work underway at the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Information Technology Laboratory is worthwhile and its influence is significant, an independent assessment of three of its six divisions found room for improvement in the areas of resource planning and outreach.

Proposed DFARS amendment would augment multi-year contract oversight

A proposed rule issued by the Defense Department would allow Congress to put DoD's multi-year contracts on a shorter leash.

Army begins industry outreach for cloud transformation project

The Army wants cloud computing vendors to pitch their solutions as part of its forthcoming cloud contract vehicle, said the service in a notice posted late last month.

After striking out in 2016 NDAA, DoD expected to try again with FOIA exemption proposal

The Defense Department will reportedly once again seek this year to bar Freedom of Information Act requests on unclassified military processes, according to an internal memo obtained by the Federation of American Scientists.

Spotlight: Agencies using NITAAC to see savings

In a Jan. 5 announcement, the National Institute of Health's government-wide acquisition contracts program said it has reduced its fees up to 35 percent.

CRS sheds light on enforcement authority in data breach notification legislation

As lawmakers return to the Hill, several data security and breach notification bills remain up for consideration in the 114th Congress.