The Rosemary Award, established in 2005 by the National Security Archive – a Washington, D.C.-based independent watchdog group located at George Washington University – is intended to "highlight the lowlights of government secrecy."
According to State Department policy, any email that includes information about the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures or operations should be preserved as an "email record," but employees at the department overwhelmingly lack the guidance and training to properly preserve email records.
While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton never used an official government email address, reported the New York Times March 2.
Both the State and Justice departments announced the reward for Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, who is accused of being the mastermind behind the "GameOver Zeus" botnet that infected between 500,000 to 1 million computers from 2011 through 2014 that resulted in more than $100 million in financial losses in the U.S. alone.
The Interior Department, State Department and Education Department all fail to communicate in plain language with the public, while all other agencies generally communicated well with the public, says Center for Plain Language in its annual report card.
Federal agencies are often encouraged to consult external stakeholders to assess the direction and impact of their policies, but there are many advantages to crowdsourcing within a given agency as well, says the General Services Administration.
After more than a day of instability, North Korea's Internet was down for nine and a half hours Dec. 22, according to Dyn Research, which has been tracking the health of the country's Internet system.
Three federal agencies responsible for directing funds to help women in Afghanistan didn't track their spending or results, so no one knows if the programs worked, says a Dec. 18 Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction report. The agencies involved reported spending at least $64.8 million on 652 projects, programs and initiatives to support Afghan women in fiscal years 2011 through 2013.
Federal worker job satisfaction dropped for the fourth year in a row in the Partnership for Public Service annual Best Places to Work report based on the Office of Personnel Management Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results. Federal employee job satisfaction and commitment fell 0.9 points to a score of 56.9 percent. That represents the lowest score since PPS started the report in 2003.
Using an application programming interface, the Commerce, State and Treasury departments have created the searchable Consolidated Screening List that contains names of more than 8,000 company and individual names – and their aliases – restricted from conducting business with American companies as a result of U.S. export regulations, sanctions or other conditions.