New cards may make user IDs, passwords obsolete

Standard identification cards could be used to log on to computers and other services, GSA official says.


FBI deploys first phase of technology upgrade

Agents start to use long-awaited system for managing case files and other information.


DHS technology chief faces tough questioning at House hearing

Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., says security breaches make him question Scott Charbo's "ability to lead the department's IT efforts."


Computer security law may come under Hill scrutiny

Lapses at the Homeland Security Department may prompt broader questions about the 2002 Federal Information Security Management Act.


IG: Justice inconsistent in reporting of data breaches

Department not fully meeting 2006 requirement that the loss of sensitive information must be reported within one hour, auditors find.


OMB releases guide for guarding statistical data

Guidelines implement a 2002 law and establish uniform standards for protecting sensitive information.


VA sets aside $20 million to handle latest data breach

Money to pay for credit monitoring will come out of cybersecurity budget, agency official says.


GSA chief spars with House panel Democrats

At hearing Wednesday, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., calls for Lurita Doan's resignation.


Former White House chief urges overhaul of congressional panels

Andrew Card, former Bush chief of staff and Transportation secretary, says agencies are mired in “bureaucracy” on Capitol Hill.


White House urged to punish GSA chief to 'fullest extent'

Letter to President Bush on Lurita Doan's potential Hatch Act violation says she failed to cooperate fully with investigation.


Agriculture technology chief to leave at end of month

David Combs managed USDA’s $2 billion technology budget, covering 29 agencies and offices nationwide.


Malicious software takes up time, resources

Office of Management and Budget official says agencies need to do more than the minimum to comply with cybersecurity law.


Spy agency extends massive contract for IT support

Three-year extension will keep CSC and Northrop Grumman-led group of contractors at NSA through 2011.


Union bristles at background checks required under ID mandate

Presidential directive requires that all federal employees be verified as suitable for employment before receiving new, more secure credentials.


GSA chief disputes report on Hatch Act violations

Investigators’ findings that Lurita Doan engaged in improper political activity were subjective, her lawyer argues.

Pay & Benefits

Labor leader seeks boost in mileage reimbursement rate

Midyear adjustments are unusual, but union official says recent gas price increases merit a higher rate.


OSC rejects claim it leaked copies of Hatch Act report

In a letter, Special Counsel Scott Bloch suggests that the General Services Administration was the source of the leak.


Governmentwide Hatch Act probe remains in early stages

Task force created to investigate potential abuses of the law at multiple agencies has yet to interview any subjects.


Lawyer for GSA chief argues investigative agency is biased

Agency should “disapprove” draft report concluding Lurita Doan violated the Hatch Act, attorney says.


Early special counsel report pushed punishment for GSA chief

Later version softened the edge, leaving it to President Bush to determine how to handle alleged Hatch Act violations.