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The president's 2017 budget request: Legislative branch agencies

Under the president's fiscal 2017 budget request, small but significant legislative agencies, including the Government Accountability Office, the Library of Congress and the Government Publishing Office, would either see increases or flat funding.

Cobert emphasizes commitment, cooperation on heels of subpoena for OPM breach documents

Office of Personnel Management Acting Director Beth Cobert stressed her dedication to improving IT security and cross-government collaboration during a Senate confirmation hearing last week. 

Secret Service radios need an upgrade, says DHS OIG

As part of the U.S. Secret Service's protective mission, officers rely on radios for their day-to-day security operations. But a recent audit found those radios are in need of an upgrade.

JIE has undergone no test or evaluation, says OT&E report

Despite launching one and a half years ago, infrastructure and components of the Defense Department's Joint Information Environment have yet to undergo any operational testing, said the Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation in an annual report submitted to Congress Feb. 1.

Grassley probes Defense Secretary's use of personal email

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wants more detail on Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's use of personal email for official business.

Spotlight: OPM IG stepping down

The Office of Personnel Management's inspector general – the longest serving IG at any agency – is stepping down from his position Feb. 19.

VBA execs win appeals after being disciplined for abusing authority

Two former senior executives at the Veterans Benefits Administration who were previously disciplined and demoted for using their positions for personal benefit have each successfully appealed their respective cases and will return to their previous pay scales.

DHS posts BlackEnergy malware update as part of ongoing investigation

The Homeland Security Department on Monday issued an update to its ongoing investigation of the "BlackEnergy" malicious code, recovered from the networks of a power company in western Ukraine that suffered an outage in December.

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.