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Rebecca Carroll

Senior Correspondent Before joining Government Executive’s editing team, Rebecca Carroll wrote and edited for The Associated Press in Washington, New York and Bangkok, and for National Geographic News. She also was a Peace Corps volunteer in China, where she returned to study at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a double major in English and Philosophy.
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What We Know About Coming DATA Act Standards

September 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We already have all the information we need to understand how much the federal government spends. But the pile of data is an unwieldy, nonuniform mess, which is why officials are putting enormous effort into developing a new set of standards for it. The challenges for organizing this information range ...

Buying Coffee vs. Visualizing the Life Cycle of Federal Spending

September 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of many tricky obstacles to making federal spending more transparent is that most people aren’t too familiar with how government spends money in the first place. “In order to present the information in a way that is understandable for the public, we must present the spending information in its ...

Report: Agencies Continue to Buck ‘Cloud First’ Policy -- And The Lack of Savings Shows It

September 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cloud computing solutions should be considered even for legacy information technology investments not up for replacement, according to a report released Thursday that found federal agencies aren’t saving as much as they could. Together, seven agencies reviewed by the Government Accountability Office have spent $222 million on cloud services since ...

When the Government Sends You a Text Message, Take Note

September 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For years, it’s been difficult to tell if text messaging was on its way in or out, but if government use is any indicator, the technology is at the very least here for now. House lawmakers last week decided after some debate to include text messages among the electronic communications ...

White House to Agencies: We’ve Told You Enough About Software

September 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies are starting to address the problems underlying the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars wasted on software, even as the White House continues to reject the notion it should improve its policies on the issue, the Government Accountability Office said Tuesday. Since its May report identifying widespread software management ...

Is the Tide Turning Against Federal Telework?

September 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Days after a lawmaker asked the Justice Department to investigate U.S. Patent and Trademark Office teleworkers for allegedly misreporting their time and attendance, the head of the agency finally took a strong stand against the practice. “Fraudulent time and attendance recording is unacceptable and must be met with appropriate disciplinary ...

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Needs to Protect Consumer Data Better

September 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken steps to ensure the privacy and security of the enormous amount of data it collects, but it should be doing more, including formalizing its procedures in these areas, according to a government report released Monday. Tasked with overseeing the markets for consumer financial ...

Contracting Officers: Take a Look, It's in a Book

September 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bill to reform how the government buys and manages technology came up this week at a hearing about the security of HealthCare.gov -- but contracting officers willing to plunge into some heavy reading may discover they already have a lot of the capability they need. While Republicans grilled Obamacare ...

Officials Pulled HealthCare.gov Code From GitHub Because of ‘Bashing’

September 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Less than two weeks after HealthCare.gov launched last October and proved initially unusable, the federal Obamacare website’s source code disappeared from GitHub, a site that allows the public to comment on and improve open-source projects. Why? Officials at the time didn’t comment or respond to questions about the disappearance, and ...

Breached HealthCare.gov Server Still Had Default Password

September 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A HealthCare.gov test server still had a default password when it was hacked in July, a Department of Homeland Security official told Congress Thursday. The breach, which wasn’t reported until earlier this month, installed malware on a server used to test code for the Obamacare website. “Basically they were trying ...