Postal Service strives to innovate despite 4th straight Treasury default

The United States Postal Service will default on a more than $5.5 billion prefunding payment to the U.S. Treasury, according to the agency’s chief financial officer.

New DHS headquarters ‘a monument to mismanagement’

Two prominent House Republicans reprimanded the Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration last week for mismanaging the construction of the new DHS headquarters facility, which officials say is more than $1 billion over budget and not expected to be completed for another 12 years.

Agencies shine in new Twitter handbook for government and elections

Citing examples from several departments and agencies, Twitter released a guide for government and elections usage last week, covering the basics from what the social media network is and how to compose a tweet to more complex topics like live-tweeting events, constituent engagement and Twitter question and answer sessions.

White hat hackers try breaching Healthcare.gov, find ‘critical vulnerabilities’

White hat hackers within the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General set out to test the integrity of Healthcare.gov security earlier this year and found critical vulnerabilities, according to an IG report released Tuesday.

GAO: More effort needed to protect consumer financial data

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with a statement from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  A Government Accountability Office report released Monday calls for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to better protect the massive amount of data the agency collects. The report states the three-year-old agency has taken appropriate measures to meet Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements and appropriately scans for problems and vulnerabilities, but “additional efforts are needed in several areas to reduce the risk of improper collection, use, or release of consumer financial data.” Among the improvements GAO calls for are comprehensive written documentation of…

Healthcare.gov hearing reveals user data was disclosed

The recent breach a Healthcare.gov test server might not have put users’ personal information at risk, but a congressional oversight hearing Thursday revealed that early glitches during the site’s launch did.

GAO questions Healthcare.gov security on eve of major hearing

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has not done enough to secure Healthcare.gov and the personal information belonging to millions of Americans stored on the system remains at unnecessary risk, a new government audit revealed.

Is the FAA organized for NextGen success?

Aviation industry leaders are optimistic about the state of current U.S. air traffic control systems, but they are also concerned about the ability of the Federal Aviation Administration to put new, technology-driven systems in place.

Todd Park could be subpoenaed to testify on Healthcare.gov breach

He may not be the chief technology officer of the U.S. anymore, but Todd Park, the technology lead under President Obama during the rollout of the Affordable Care Act last year, is already wanted back in Washington to answer for a recent breach of the Healthcare.gov website.

Will funding issues force FAA’s NextGen into a holding pattern?

The FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System, called NextGen, is a monumental effort to modernize air travel in the United States. But after a decade of development work and a fair amount of progress at 1,600 airports around the country, funding issues could delay the full promise of NextGen.

First digital library from GPO depository program goes live in North Dakota

After decades of providing physical documents to local and university libraries as a part of its federal depository library program, the Government Printing Office is making the move to digital-only at one federal depository library.

Issa demands answers after Healthcare.gov hack

News of a security breach at Healthcare.gov has reinvigorated the Republican-led effort to convince Americans the law and the website are broken. And now the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is demanding answers from the Obama administration’s point person at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Up & Comers: RATB’s Samantha Hoang

At RATB, 27-year-old Samantha Hoang regularly looks for vulnerabilities in its information security systems and makes sure that patches are up-to-date.

Congress, don’t stop editing Wikipedia

Wikimedia DC — the nonprofit regional Wikimedia chapter for the Washington, D.C., area committed to promoting the upkeep of Wikipedia’s public services — published a blog post Monday challenging congressional staffers to continue editing away on Wikipedia.

Obama proposes 1 percent pay raise for federal employees

President Obama last week proposed raising wages for civilian federal employees by at least one percent in 2015, a move that could prevent a higher increase from taking effect automatically under federal law.

Issa launches investigation into USPTO telework abuse

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced Tuesday it has launched an investigation into alleged abuses of telework privileges at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Issa claims telework abuse and fraud has been a significant contributor to the massive backlog of patent applications and said such activity appears to be widespread.

NHTSA begins to explore vehicle-to-vehicle communications

Technology that could save more than 1,000 lives on the road per year is one step closer to reality after the Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released an advance notice of proposed rule-making about vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology.

FAA looks to create Center of Excellence for drone research

Now that the Federal Aviation Administration has opened all of its unmanned aircraft systems test sites, the agency will attempt to increase its information-gathering capability by partnering with universities to create a UAS center of excellence.

Inside the FAA’s newest drone test site

The sixth and final Federal Aviation Administration-approved testing facility for unmanned aircraft systems became officially operational Wednesday in Blacksburg, Virginia.

FAA rule for model aircraft too narrow, commenters say

As the Federal Aviation Administration prepares to issue guidelines for how it will handle unmanned aircraft systems, the agency is tightening what constitutes a model aircraft so there’s no confusion between the two.

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