The risk status of information technology projects listed on the IT Dashboard isn't verified and shouldn't necessarily be trusted, acknowledged Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel during a July 25 House hearing. "We don't in OMB, in my office, track the self-reported status as the key indicator of performance on investments. It's a fool's errand to track self-reported," he said.
Increasing military use of satellite communication for tactical operations means the Defense Department should create a new tier of protected space systems, says the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments's Todd Harrison. Harrison argues that heavy reliance on satellite communications systems has created an asymmetric vulnerability for U.S. forces.
The House approved July 24 a defense appropriations bill that includes two amendments that would halt Defense Department furloughs in 2014 if sequestration continues. The bill (H.R. 2397), which was approved in a 315-109 vote, includes $512.5 billion in non-war funding for the DoD, a decrease of $5.1 billion below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and $3.4 billion below President Obama's request, the bill report (.pdf) says.
Telework enhances worker productivity because there are fewer distractions than working in the office, panelists from a July 18 Center for Organizational Excellence webinar said. "Most of the time, our customers aren't aware where employees are working, which is good because it means employees are getting the job done," National Institutes of Health Associate Director for Administration Daniel Dupuis, said.
Top agency managers could leave in droves over the next 5 years and to fill those vacancies the federal government needs to better utilize tools like the Candidate Development Programs and simply the hiring process, a July 23 Partnership for Public Service report says. The report says that two-thirds of the Senior Executive Service – made up of top managerial and policy positions in agencies – will be retirement eligible in the next 5 years.
The Internal Revenue Service made enough cuts to cancel one of its 5 furlough scheduled furlough days for fiscal 2013. In a July 18 press release the IRS said offices would be open July 22 "due to its successful ongoing efforts to cut costs."
Navy is overlooking an opportunity to correct a long-standing material weakness with military equipment financial reporting with its implementation of a key enterprise resource planning system, say Defense Department auditors.
Despite the fact that Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Frank Kendall said there's a one-in-five chance the DoD will select a VistA-based technology for its electronic health record, the odds of the department making such a selection are hurt by a 2011 Gartner report (.pdf) commissioned by the VA and obtained by FierceGovernmentIT.
Unlike NASA and the Defense Department, the Homeland Security Department has no common definition for research and development, David Maurer of the Government Accountability Office said during a Senate hearing July 17.
Through their DPA authority, agencies can require private companies to prioritize government contracts over their other obligations, for the sake of national security or emergency response. The law, originally enacted in 1950, is set to expire in December 2014.