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SEC financial system went live with security issues

An important Securities and Exchange Commission financial system went live last summer before a contractor completed necessary security tasks, a report from the Government Accountability Office says. Auditors don't specify the "key financial system" or the required security tasks in an April 17  report, which says the SEC neglected to scrutinize its contractor's work.

Lawmakers: DoD, HHS bioterror programs redundant

Last October, the DoD began construction of a 30 acre complex for medical countermeasure manufacturing in Alachua, Fla., near Gainesville. It expects to complete the facility by the end of fiscal 2015.  But HHS already runs three manufacturing facilities for medical countermeasures, which are vaccines and medicines for possible pandemics or bioterror attacks.

Paper tax returns mostly superseded by electronic filing

Paper federal tax returns increasingly are a relic of the time before ubiquitous Internet, shows Internal Revenue Service preliminary filing data.

IRS helping a million fewer taxpayers at assistance centers in 2014, TIGTA says

The Internal Revenue Service is projected to help almost a million fewer taxpayers this filing season at tax assistance centers than it did last year because of budget cuts, says a recently released Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report.

Arpaio not conceding that his office racially profiled Latinos

The sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz. won't appeal a federal court's ruling that his office violated the constitutional rights of Latinos. That's not, Sheriff Joe Arpaio would have the world know, because he acknowledges that his office racially profiled Latinos – as some media outlets have recently reported.

Former lawmakers say Telecommunications Act needs major overhaul

Former House members involved in the 1996 Telecommunications Act say the law needs to be overhauled because of outdated provisions. The law updated the 1934 Communications Act, which had created the FCC and laid out its regulatory role over phone, television and other communications services.

FBI facial recognition database surges with images

An FBI database storing facial images for digital recognition purposes is on track to have 52 million images in it by next year, show bureau documents obtained through a lawsuit.

OIG: FAA missing the big picture on airline safety

Despite having extensive data on airplane safety violations, the Federal Aviation Administration doesn't seek to understand their root causes or identify safety trends, a report from the Transportation Department office of inspector general says.

Power backs UN resolution on texting while driving

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations urged the passage of a resolution that calls on member states to ban texting while driving in a speech April 10.

Routine leaks ubiquitous but poorly understood, law professor says

Routine leaks to Congress, the press and advocacy groups play a vital and underappreciated role in oversight and presidential power, says an article published in the  Georgia Law Review.  Amanda Leiter, the  article 's author, writes that soft whistleblowing – her term for leaks about policy decisions, not about criminal wrongdoing – is ubiquitous but has received scant attention from academia.