Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:11
Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:09
The data breach at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in the spring of 2015 was breathtaking in scope – nearly 22 million sensitive personnel records stolen. But this wasn’t a new issue. There had been breaches at the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, the IRS, even the National Security Agency.
Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:05
Ethical Hacking. Federal News Radio reports: “The federal market for “white hat” hackers continues to grow. Not only are ethical security burglars popular in the Defense Department, but now the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Service (TTS) is setting up a bug bounty program.”
Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:44
Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:43
But little seems to happen. There have been dozens of studies and reports over the past three decades. However, there has not been a major overhaul since 1978, and many piecemeal legislative efforts, such as performance pay and streamlining the classification system, have been derailed. So pragmatically, what can be done in the near-term, without a major legislative effort?
Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:41
Regulation Elimination SWAT Teams. Government Executive reports: “President Trump signed an executive order on Friday creating new task forces at every federal agency that will identify regulations for elimination or modification.”
Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:35
The Government Accountability Office study went on to note: “Agencies reported 3,427 IT staff employed just to maintain legacy-programming languages, such as COBOL (1,085) and Fortran (613).” In addition, the Office of Management and Budget recently observed that “43 percent of federal IT projects are reported to be over budget or behind schedule.”
Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:28
Nearly three decades ago, New Zealand pioneered government reforms to make individual single-purpose agencies – a “vertical” solution -- more accountable and effective. While successful, it exacerbated another challenge facing government agencies -- addressing “horizontal” societal problems, i.e., those that span traditional agency boundaries. So, New Zealand undertook a new round of reform in 2012 to address a handful of persistent societal and economic problems by creat
Submitted by cmasingo on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:30
The new legislation adds to a loosely organized network of continuing federal efforts to boost Americans’ engagement in STEM education. In fact, President George W. Bush placed a governmentwide emphasis on STEM education in his State of the Union address in 2006 as a part of his national competitiveness agenda.
Submitted by cmasingo on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:27
Selecting a college can be one of the most expensive choices in life. But until recently, the information sources to make an informed decision were scattered and of varying quality – rankings in national magazines, word of mouth, brochures from campuses, and the perennial college tours.