Healthcare.gov continues to experience technical difficulties as the political atmosphere surrounding its implementation intensifies. A Verizon-Terremark data-center failure that caused an outage for most of Sunday appeared to return again Tuesday night, with access to the website still problematic, said Julie Bataille, Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services spokeswoman, during an Oct. 30 press call.
The Internal Revenue Service has ineffective information technology inventory controls, making desktop computers, laptop computers and server racks vulnerable to loss, finds a recently released Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report dated Sept. 16.
Acquisition personnel at the Defense Department from management on down don't have the knowledge or incentives to do their jobs well, said Dov Zakheim, the department's former comptroller, on Oct. 29.
The Postal Service could save millions if it renegotiated leases set to expire that are above market rate, an Oct. 23 USPS inspector general report says. The Northeast Area spends more than $184 million annually to lease more than 3,300 facilities, the report (.pdf) says. Auditors identified 1,762 of 3,389 leases in which the service is possibly paying above market rate rent. USPS could save $6.6 million if it renegotiated facility rates or closed facilities for 250 of those leases that are set to expire in the next two years and are above market rates.
A bill introduced Oct. 29 in the House and the Senate would restrict intelligence community data collection and storage, although intelligence officials that same day continued their defense of the status quo, with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warning a House panel of "potential negative long-term impact of overcorrecting the authorizations granted to the intelligence community."
The Senate confirmed Tom Wheeler as the new Federal Communications Chairman Oct. 29, after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) lifted his hold on the nomination. With the confirmation, Wheeler, will serve a five year term starting retroactively as July 1 and replace former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski who left his positions May 17.
A government employee who stepped into a contractor's role is among the targets of a report criticizing contracting practices at the Bureau of Land Management. The audit stemmed from the OIG's prior discovery that BLM had made payments for costs that exceeded the amount agreed to in a contract and also for costs that the contractor incurred outside the period of performance.
The Internal Revenue Service is issuing potentially fraudulent tax refunds because the processes it uses to verify taxpayers' income and withholding status are flawed, finds the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
Apathy in some cases went beyond a lack of interest to include employees who were unwilling to participate in emergency drills. Agencies also reported struggling to find volunteers to help lead evacuations. Some employees preferred to keep working during drills, and some failed to report to the assembly area, instead using the drill as a chance to leave for a coffee break.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The development problems of healthcare.gov are a "teachable moment," said Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel. "It's often notable risk taking or notable failures that teach us how to do things differently in the future," he told an audience at the annual ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference.