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  • House FITARA Enhancement Act receives a clean CBO score
    Posted in News on September 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Tajha Chappellet-Lanier The Congressional Budget Office released a cost estimate for the House version of the FITARA Enhancement Act on Friday, concluding that “there would be no significant additional cost or savings to continue those efforts under H.R. 3243.” The FITARA Enhancement Act, first introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., July 14, would amend the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act of 2015 to extend deadlines on some provisions that are set to expire. “Specifical... Read more

  • But Their Emails: Republicans React to Their Own Email Scandal
    Posted in News on September 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Matt Laslo Now that fellow Republicans – and not Hillary Clinton – are in the hot seat, many in the GOP are whistling a different tune. Across the Capitol this week, there were heated debates over using private email accounts for official government work, skirting federal transparency laws and accusations of partisan hypocrisy were heard, in what many see as an unwelcome rerun of the debate over Hillary Clinton's use of a private server. But unlike the last episode, when the GOP showed uniformi... Read more

  • Can Congress put evidence-based policymaking into practice?
    Posted in News on September 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Ben Berliner A bipartisan commission chartered by Congress recently delivered recommendations on using agency data to develop ways to evaluate the success or failure of federal programs. The final report of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, released Sept. 6, calls on Congress to support the better use of government data by establishing a National Secure Data Service to house confidential but essential program data. It also calls for creating the position of agency chief evaluation ... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on GAO Data Center Optimization Report
    Posted in News on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Vice Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released the following statement on GAO’s Data Center Optimization report released yesterday, which found that agencies are not planning to meet their data center consolidation goals required by FITARA. In the report, GAO recommends that Congress consider extending the time frame for the data center consolidation and optimization provisions of FITARA. “It is disappointing but not surpri... Read more

  • Fewer than 1/4 agencies will meet data center consolidation goals
    Posted in News on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Joe Uchill Fewer than one in four agencies are on track to meet federally mandated data center efficiency, cost and security goals by the end of the program to update them, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The report, released Wednesday, said 17 of the 22 agencies are not planning to meet their Office of Management and Budget target by the end of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) in October, 2018. FITARA aims to consolidate and optimiz... Read more

  • Most agencies running behind on OMB’s Data Center Optimization Initiative
    Posted in News on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Tajha Chappellet-lanier Most of the federal agencies required to participate in recent federal data center optimizations efforts do not plan to meet mandated targets by the end of fiscal 2018, a new Government Accountability Office report finds. Of the 24 agencies required to meet the Office of Management and Budget’s Data Center Optimization Initiative targets by the Sept. 30, 2018, deadline, 17 reported they’re not likely to do so. The report assesses agency progress across five OMB targets: ... Read more

  • Oversight Dems Launch Investigation of Taxpayer-Funded Expenditures to Trump Businesses
    Posted in News on August 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Transportation, Environment/Energy, Technology

    Today, all Democratic Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent letters to all Cabinet Secretaries and other federal agency heads requesting documents about how their Departments are spending federal taxpayer funds on products or services provided by businesses owned by or affiliated with the Trump Organization. “The American people deserve to know how their tax dollars are spent, including the amount of federal funds that are being provided to private businesses own... Read more

  • House Passes Knight-Connolly SECRET Act
    Posted in News on July 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Today, the House passed unanimously the SECRET Act, legislation introduced by Representatives Steve Knight (R-CA) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), which will help reduce the current security background check backlog. The legislation requires a quarterly report on the size of the security clearance investigation backlog and the average length of time it takes to carry out security clearance investigations. The information gathered on the average time for investigations to be completed will be separated... Read more

  • Connolly Predicts Congressional Pressure on White House Tech Positions
    Posted in News on July 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Jessie Bur Congress will likely be putting bipartisan pressure on the White House to fill critical IT positions in Federal agencies and prioritize modernization efforts, Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., predicted at the ServiceNow Town Hall on July 24. “We have worked so hard to try to elevate these issues in priority lists for senior management,” said Connolly. “If you have a White House that’s not even barely talking about this subject, it automatically starts to fall down again in the list of pri... Read more

  • Bill to expedite security clearances clears committee
    Posted in News on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Chase Gunter The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on July 19 passed a bipartisan bill aimed at expediting the security clearance approval process. The Securely Expediting Clearance through Reporting Transparency (SECRET) Act, introduced by Reps. Steve Knight (R-Calif.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), would require the National Background Investigations Bureau to submit a quarterly report on the size of the security clearance backlog. The report also would include the average time to ... Read more

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