Biography for Zach Rausnitz
Zach Rausnitz is an Editor in the Government Publishing Group at FierceMarkets. He writes regularly for FierceHomelandSecurity, FierceGovernment and FierceMobileGovernment. He previously interned at the Washington bureau of BBC News, where he worked in the TV, radio and online divisions. While at Brown University, where he got a B.A. in English, he wrote for The College Hill Independent. He enjoys riding his bicycle and lives in Washington, D.C. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Articles by Zach Rausnitz
The federal office that serves as the Freedom of Information Act ombudsman is aiming to embed FOIA personnel into information technology procurement and development. The idea would be to ensure in advance that agencies can efficiently search for electronic records in new repositories.
Federal employees who own shares of a company that goes public may convert their shares to common stock without violating the STOCK Act.
Before traveling to certain dangerous countries, State Department employees are supposed to undergo security training, but the department doesn't always ensure they do so. Trainees are taught to evacuate smoke-filled buildings, provide emergency medical care, drive defensively, survive a vehicle rollover, and become aware of improvised explosive devices.
As part of its fiscal 2015 budget proposal, GAO is asking Congress for the authority to establish a Center for Audit Excellence to train and assist other auditing bodies. GAO would provide the startup costs, but the program would then operate on fees alone.
President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget proposes $135.4 billion for research and development. The Defense Department would receive the largest chunk, about $64.4 billion.
The General Services Administration asked Congress for the authority to spend the rent it collects from agencies on building repairs and maintenance as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request. "This is something that any responsible real estate manager in the private sector is able to do," GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said during a press conference March 4.
Dan Tangherlini, the head of the General Services Administration, spoke with reporters Tuesday about the agency's fiscal 2015 budget request.
"The federal government is not able to demonstrate the reliability of significant portions" of its consolidated financial statements for the last two years, the GAO says in a Feb. 27 report, citing material weaknesses in internal controls.
Federal agencies must come up with a significant new project to include in updates to their open government plans due June 1. In a Feb. 24 memo (.pdf), Todd Park, the federal chief technology officer, called on agencies to "introduce bold, ambitious new open government initiatives," relating to either transparency, participation or collaboration.
Inmates should never be released from prison directly from solitary confinement, said Charles Samuels, head of the Bureau of Prisons, during a Senate hearing Feb. 25. "I do not believe that it is appropriate," he said, as solitary confinement is used for prisoners who are too dangerous to interact with corrections officers and their fellow inmates.