Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations is launching a new emergency health mission to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as well as a "20-fold increase" in international assistance.
In one year alone, hackers working for the Chinese government penetrated computer networks of U.S. Transportation Command contractors at least 20 times, the Senate Armed Services Committee revealed Sept. 17 after a year-long investigation.
A former civilian Defense Department employee pled guilty last week to collecting more than $2.2 million in fraudulent federal healthcare claims, a Sept. 8 Justice Department statement says. Jonathan Hargett, who was living in Germany, was indicted in October 2013 and extradited in July for trial, the statement says. Hargett will be sentenced Nov. 18 and faces a likely prison term of 46 to 57 months and a fine between $10,000 and $100,000.
An internal watchdog found that delays in the Commerce Department's effort to migrate its export license processing and referral functions to a new IT platform could cost several million dollars as it continues to use its old system.
The Energy Department has set aside $8 million to set up microgrids-- contained grids that are usually connected to the more traditional electric grid but can also disconnect to operate autonomously and help alleviate grid disturbances – in Alaska, California, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee and Washington. Each received about $1.2 million.
While the Defense Department has improved its real estate inventory data, it still lacks complete and accurate information in how some of those assets are being used, preventing officials from identifying opportunities to consolidate unused of underused facilities, congressional investigators said.
The head of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control said nations need to step up efforts to control the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, after recently visiting several countries there dealing with the outbreak.
The federal government's multiagency center that is on call to respond to radiological incidents has issues with aging equipment, says a recent report from the Energy Department inspector general.
The Defense Department Aug. 25 officially issued a final, highly anticipated solicitation for a potential $11 billion program to modernize its electronic health record system.
The federal government's complex hiring rules favoring veterans have caused federal workers to think vets get unfair treatment, a recently released Merit Systems Protection Board report says. "Some of the perceptions of inappropriate favoritism may have been a result of the complex hiring process and a proliferation of hiring authorities, which can invite misunderstandings and provide opportunities for suspicion," the report says.