The Government Accountability Office offered several ways in which agencies can ensure they're reviewing performance goals properly in a new report.
Although the Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department have taken important steps toward implementing requirements of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, they have much more to do, the Comptroller General of the United States told Congress.
The Internal Revenue Service lost about 6,300 employees in three departments alone and had to delay employee background reinvestigations for nearly 25,000 workers due to budget cuts, according to a July 24 Government Accountability Office report.
According to the memo, OPM seeks agency contributions for fiscal 2015, which ends in about two months, and for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 "given the limited resources available to OPM at this time to deal with a contract of this size."
The Office of Management and Budget reported the sharpest decline in the federal deficit as a share of the gross domestic product since World War II as part of its mid-year review.
The Marine Corps is directing its information technology system administrators to immediately implement public key infrastructure, or PKI, encryption as part of a review of cybersecurity at the service. Privileged user authentication and PKI are mandatory requirements, according to a memo issued July 1.
The White House is taking steps to help agencies define what it calls the "social costs" of carbon emissions on the environment, says a July 2 Office of Management and Budget blog post.
For the fiscal 2017 budget requests, federal agencies will be required to ensure that funding requests in support of federal facilities align with the Obama administration's climate preparedness and resilience goals, according to July 1 blog post.
In a July 1 letter addressed to federal officials, the Professional Services Council expressed concern over the suspension of the Office of Personnel Management's "e-QIP" system two days earlier after the vulnerability was discovered.
During the last of three congressional hearings held last week to address data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta held her ground in refusing to peg a final number on compromised records.