Four agencies paid millions of dollars in fees in fiscal 2012 to hold reverse auctions that saw just a single bid or included only one bidder. The Government Accountability Office reviewed the experiences of the departments of Homeland Security, the Interior, Veterans Affairs and the Army, which held a total of 19,688 reverse auctions in fiscal 2012.
Components of the Homeland Security Department continue to have weak cybersecurity practices, particularly with the security authorization process, the departmental inspector general says.
Federal agencies reported $3.8 billion in cost savings related to real property in recent years, but their decisions about what counted as savings were inconsistent and sometimes dubious, the Government Accountability Office says.
The Transportation Department's information systems are vulnerable to serious security threats due to deficiencies with its enterprise architecture, controls and vulnerability remediation, writes the DOT inspector general in its annual FISMA compliance report Nov. 22.
Parts of the federal individual health care insurance enrollment system remain yet incomplete, said Henry Chao, deputy chief information officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. "We still have to the build payment systems, to make payments to issuers in January," said Chao, the CMS official who has overseen development of healthcare.gov.
Agency cybersecurity practices should move beyond the three year cycle of system authorizations into a state of continuous monitoring of security control implementation by the end of fiscal 2017, says a Nov. 18 memo from the Office of Management and Budget.
Open source can help move cybersecurity technology from the research-and-development stage to commercialization--but it may be ill-advised to mandate it. So says a paper from the DHS Science and Technology Directorate and SRI International. "Open source availability is well documented as a powerful and effective means to bring important capabilities into adoption, use, and support by larger communities," the paper says.
Worker morale at DHS is declining at rate greater than the rest of government, show results from the latest governmentwide survey of federal workers' satisfaction with their job, salary and organization.
Only one agency--the Education Department--has met all the requirements the Office of Management and Budget established for the PortfolioStat process, a Government Accountability Office report says.
Ability trumps credentials when it comes to hiring cybersecurity workers, and the federal government faces obstacles in picking up the best talent, said panelists during a Nov. 1 event. "Do I look if somebody has a CISSP or a law degree? Mostly no," said Philip Reitinger, chief information security officer for Sony Corp. and a former director of the National Cyber Security Center at the Homeland Security Department.