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House passes bill designed to improve data security for federal web sites

The House has passed a bill requiring any new federal website that collects personal data to be certified as functional and secure prior to launch.

FTC recommends steps to prevent unnecessary charges on consumer mobile phone bills

Through cramming, customers are charged for goods and services provided by third-party merchants. Sometimes these are legitimate add-on third party charges such as charitable contributions. However, a new Federatl Trade Commission report notes that other charges may be added illegally by scammers.

IG uncovers substantial waste at USPTO, says paralegals 'paid to do nothing'

The Commerce Department's inspector general began its investigation nearly a year ago after it received anonymous whistleblower allegations that paralegals with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, or PTAB, within the U.S. PTO had insufficient workloads and instead used that time to surf the Internet, watch TV and do other personal activities.

Bipartisan VA bill would make it easier to fire VA senior execs

House and Senate lawmakers reached agreement on a $17 billion Veterans Affairs Department reform bill that would make it easier to fire VA senior executives. The legislation would give the VA secretary the authority to immediately remove an incompetent senior executive based on poor job performance, a July 28 statement from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who led the negotiations for the Senate. But it also affords that senior executive a 21-day period to file an appeal.

IG: EPA's Water Office did not have proper oversight of cloud computing activities

The report noted that the agency did not know when its offices were using cloud computing capabilities nor could the EPA provide evidence that it could access contractor's cloud networks for auditing and investigative purposes.

GAO: DoD houses 80,000 tax delinquent employees, contractors with security clearance

More than 80,000 Defense Department employees and contractors with security clearance owe back taxes, a June 28 Government Accountability Office report says. GAO found that about 83,000 DoD employees and contractors who held or were determined eligible for secret, top secret, or sensitive compartmented information clearances had unpaid federal tax debt totaling more than $730 million as of June 30, 2012, the report says.

Congress cites SSA information technology program for cost, time overruns

The SSA's Disability Case Processing System, or DCPS, has failed to produce a working system after more than six years of development and $288 million, according to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Commerce IG finds weather satellite ground systems vulnerable to cyber attacks

Cyber attackers could potentially gain access to critical weather satellite systems through interconnected information systems, an internal Commerce Department audit has found.

District of Columbia, Maryland among worst for late delivered mail

The District of Columbia and Maryland ranked as one of the worst regions for late delivered mail, a July 21 Postal Service inspector general report says. More than two-thirds of the time, mail is delivered after 5 p.m. to residents and businesses in the Capital District, which includes Maryland and D.C., the report says.

DHS now reports to more congressional committees than it did when 9/11 Commission called for consolidation

In 2004, the Homeland Security Department reported to 88 different committees and subcommittees of Congress. The 9/11 Commission urged Congress to consolidate oversight to make it less fragmented—but now, a decade later, the department reports to 92 committees and subcommittees.