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OSC targets Hatch Act violations

The Office of Special Counsel this month pointed to several recent Hatch Act violations as examples of behavior to avoid during the current election season.

Federal Voting Assistance Program helps overseas military, civilians

The Federal Voting Assistance Program reminded military and overseas citizens to send in their ballots as soon as possible to make sure their election office receives their votes on time.

Bill requires Congress to get health care from VA

A House lawmaker has sponsored legislation that would require all members of Congress and their staff to get their healthcare from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

House passes bill to reimburse feds for ridesharing services

The House on Sept. 22 unanimously passed a bipartisan bill that would allow the government to reimburse federal employees for the use of “transportation network companies” such as Lyft and Uber—as well as bikeshare programs—when traveling on official business.

DOD chief says budget stability critical

Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Sept. 22 told a Senate panel that stopgap funding measures like the continuing resolution introduced that day are having a detrimental effect on his department.

Cyber incidents increased exponentially over past decade

Cyber incidents affecting federal agencies grew by about 1,300 percent from fiscal 2006 to fiscal 2015, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

OSC resolves Hatch Act violations

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

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.

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.

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.

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