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.
The State Department is trying to refocus an international conversation about how traditional military concepts and international law apply in cyberspace to "the next level down" as a way to achieve stability, said a cybersecurity official with the department.
Several government officials recently said that application programming interfaces, or APIs, are allowing federal agencies to provide and share more services and data quickly and easily without requiring a larger workforce. "APIs are the future, they really are," said Dennis Alvord, executive director of BusinessUSA at the Commerce Department.
Despite the State Department shelling out $18.5 million to a contractor, a U.S. prison in Afghanistan still remains unfinished and unused, more than five years after renovation work began, according to a Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction report.
The State Department has gaps in its required strategy and intelligence assessment to counter Iran's growing hostile presence and activities, the Government Accountability Office maintains in a report publicly released Oct. 21.