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  • 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

  • FITARA Enhancement Act moves forward
    Posted in News on July 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Ben Berliner Extensions for certain provisions of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act moved closer to passage on July 19 with the House Oversight Committee's approval of the FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017. The bill would extend or eliminate the "sunset" dates for requirements on data center consolidation, on transparency and risk management of major IT investments and on PortfolioStat reviews of IT programs and resources. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), the bill's author, told... Read more

  • House Oversight Passes FITARA Backup Plan
    Posted in News on July 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Frank Konkel A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has a backup plan to extend provisions set to expire later this year under the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee by voice vote cleared the FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017, which would extend the sunset periods of three key requirements regarding data center consolidation, PortfolioStat reviews and the IT dashboard. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., authored the bill and has suppo... Read more

  • Tech Investments Key to Large-Scale Savings, Connolly Says
    Posted in News on July 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Jessie Bur If Federal agencies invest upfront in technologies to track fraud and improper payments, the government could end up saving enough money to pay back some of the national debt or stave off sequestration, according to Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. “We can do something in the management end that would have big payoff, and technology will help us. It will catch the duplication, it will catch the redundancy, it will catch a lot of the errors. So we need an upfront investment in technology, b... Read more

  • House Passes Three Connolly Amendments to 2018 National Defense Authorization Act
    Posted in News on July 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    Today, the House adopted three amendments offered by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. Connolly’s amendments addressed federal IT modernization, data center consolidation, procurement reform and increased government efficiency and accountability. FITARA Extension: This amendment extends Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) provisions related to federal data center consolidation, transparency and risk management of major IT... Read more

  • House Adopts Connolly FITARA Extension Amendment
    Posted in News on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    Last night, as part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, the House adopted Congressman Gerry Connolly’s FITARA Extension amendment. The amendment, cosponsored by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), would extend key provisions of FITARA that were set to expire. Connolly’s amendment would extend three expiring provisions of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act: • Federal data center consolidation • Transparency and risk management of major IT systems • IT portfolio... Read more

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