Inspections in 10 cities turn up at least one unauthorized network.
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Interagency program has struggled in part because of a fractured relationship between the Justice and Homeland Security departments.
Offerings could help Pentagon fulfill congressional mandate for contracting with small firms owned by service-disabled veterans.
Transformation is designed to streamline Web operations, expand agency's "reach and effectiveness.”
IT security officials from larger agencies express more confidence in accuracy of annual report card.
It will take several years to enroll everyone in program to give credentials to federal employees and contractors, observers say.
Plan would aim to preserve access to face-to-face consultations, but expand use of less costly services.
Eight still fail annual review; lawmaker exploring ways to provide incentives for good grades.
In deploying the card-check systems, the difficulty is making sure the cards and card reader can talk to each other.
Regular meetings with stakeholders and contractors help ensure tasks are on schedule and risks are addressed, IG finds.