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OSC resolves Hatch Act violations

The Office of Special Counsel is busy addressing Hatch Act violations as the November election draws closer.

Human factors loom large in federal cybersecurity puzzle

This week, FEND's Nathan Abse interviews Matt Bishop, a cybersecurity expert and professor of computer science at the University of California-Davis. Bishop has been active in the data security field since 1979. He is the author of the textbook Computer Security: Art and Science. In his discussion with FEND, he emphasized the human element in maintaining and improving data security—citing a need for more enlightened leadership, better training and greater rewards for good cybersecurity habits.

Senator prods IRS to deploy cyber security system

The head of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee this month pushed the Internal Revenue Service to deploy a Department of Homeland Security network protection system to safeguard taxpayers’ personal information.

House passes VA reform legislation

House lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill to reform the way the Department of Veterans Affairs disciplines, demotes and fires employees.

OPM/DOJ course targets violence, assault and stalking

The Office of Personnel Management and Justice Department this week released a new training course aimed at preventing and addressing domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the workplace.

Union bashes House VA reform bill

The American Federation of Government Employees said that a bill making its way toward a vote in the House would result in “gutting employees’ due process rights,” and undermine veterans’ health care.

Former CBP supervisor sentenced in alien smuggling case

A former Customs and Border Protection supervisory officer was sentenced last week to 7½ years in federal prison, plus three years of supervised release, for alien smuggling and accepting bribes, the Justice Department announced.

Arlington Cemetery to ramp up security

Arlington National Cemetery will begin screening visitors starting in November, cemetery officials announced this week.

OPM awards contracts for new background investigations agency

The Office of Personnel Management this week announced the award of four new contracts to support federal background investigations.

Panel issues report on OPM breach

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last week released a report detailing the results of its investigation into last year’s data breach at the Office of Personnel Management.

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