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VA mandates new background checks in wake of data loss

Theft of personal information on 26.5 million veterans results in review of data access policies.

Patent office union expresses concern over massive telework program

Agency officials say they will meet their goal of enrolling 500 employees by year’s end, but union officials are skeptical.

VA to shift up to $25 million to handle data theft inquiries

Money would come from four IT programs, one of which could take a 50 percent cut if all funds are needed.

Defense business modernization agency wins support

GAO sees improvement and members of Congress are working to get funding restored.

OMB official: Too soon to judge computer security law

Critics say 2002 Federal Information Security Management Act is largely a paperwork exercise.

State department reverses itself on use of Chinese computers

The 16,000 Chinese-made computers, bought for $13 million for use on classified networks, will now be designated for unclassified work.

Private sector may be invited to join in human resources consolidation

A request for proposals expected this summer would allow contractors to compete against federal service centers.

Justice agency, union reach telework agreement

About 750 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employees will have greater flexibility to work away from the office under new policy.

Pentagon to track sexual assault responses

Victims will have option of keeping information confidential, and system will not track medical information.

Plans for telework during disasters found to be lacking

Lawmaker introduces bill that would mandate a 10-day telework demonstration project.