The Office of Management and Budget's estimated governmentwide cost savings from TechStat Accountability Sessions, the oversight program it uses to review agencies' troubled technology investments, could be grossly overstated. Based on agency documentation, the Government Accountability Office identified only $22.2 million in cost savings and avoidances.
"These particular records are not covered by the Fourth Amendment," FBI Director Robert Mueller said, "the Supreme Court has held that to be the case. And secondly, the determinations to the legality and that standard has been addressed by the FISA court in the affirmative."
Surveillance programs operated by the federal government have sent shock waves into Europe, as international leaders scramble to take a stance on the issues and demand details from the United States. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron says the GCH--the British equivalent of the NSA--has operated within the law and all information sharing is subject to proper scrutiny.
A report (.pdf) accompanying the fiscal 2014 defense appropriations bill, which the committee approved June 12, says the current approach announced by departmental secretaries in February replaces the goal of a single, common EHR with the "as-of-yet unattainable goal of interoperability."
The position of NASA chief information office has limited visibility and control over the agency's information technology investments, resulting in ineffective governance over its 550 IT systems and more than $1.5 billion annual IT spending, finds the Office of Inspector General.
The Drug Enforcement Administration must identify barriers to female agents moving up in the agency and lay out plans to eliminate them, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decision (.pdf) says in a decision for a class action complaint filed in 1993.
If confirmed as the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Howard Shelanski would continue the regulatory look-back process emphasized by his predecessor Cass Sunstein.
Though the suspension and debarment system has been around for many years, there is little guidance for it, Government Accountability Office Acting Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management John Neumann said at a June 12 House Government and Oversight Committee hearing .
The Veterans Affairs Department is still on track to meet its goal of processing all claims within 125 days with 98 percent accuracy by the end of 2015, Director of Compensation and Pension Service Thomas Murphy told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in a June 12 hearing .
Reasons for the TISCOM laptops unpopularity--auditors note a prevalence on what they call "non-standard laptops"--likely stems from several factors noted by auditors, including the fact that TISCOM charges recipients $2,270 per laptop and an annual fee of $1,533.91, meaning that a new laptop provided by the command costs nearly $4,000 in just its first year.