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GAO: Agencies need additional guidance on data quality under DATA Act

Agencies are depending on instruction from the Office of Management and Budget and Treasury Department to comply with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, but the draft guidance could lead to inconsistent reporting.

GAO to DHS: Intrusion detection system fails to meet expectations

Only a fraction of the agencies required to use the National Cybersecurity Protection System do so, according to a new report, which also stated that the system is lacking in its intrusion and prevention capabilities anyway.

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.

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.

GAO: FDA's IT strategic plan lacks concrete targets, doesn't align with broader strategy

The Food and Drug Administration issued an information technology strategic plan in September 2015, but it lacks concrete milestones and targets and doesn't include elements that would ensure alignment with FDA's agencywide mission and goals, according to the Government Accountability Office.

DHS not properly measuring effectiveness of cybersecurity framework outreach, GAO says

The Homeland Security Department failed to properly measure its promotion efforts of cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure, according to the Government Accountability Office.

GAO: FCC needs more info on communications resilience in light of IP transition

The Federal Communications Commission should be more diligent in collecting data on the transition of communications networks from legacy telephone to Internet protocol, or IP, with an eye toward communications resilience, said the Government Accountability Office.

GAO finds gender disparities in federal STEM grants

Several federal agencies that award research grants in science and technology fields demonstrated disparities in success rates between men and women or lacked the data to detect gender-based differences, according to recent government analysis.

GAO: Without a plan, DoD could struggle to balance acquisition workforce

The Defense Department's acquisition workforce plan is three years overdue, leaving efforts to close acquisitions skills gaps at the department without a rudder, said the Government Accountability Office.

In hot water: EPA social media violated propaganda, anti-lobbying rules, Antideficiency Act, says GAO

The Environmental Protection Agency violated propaganda and anti-lobbying rules with a social media campaign intended to garner public support for a water rule that has been the subject of fierce debate on the Hill and in courtrooms.