Senate leaves town before confirming new CISA director
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- The listeners lambasted a key data initiative of the General Services Administration. GSA’s Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) initiative relies on inaccurate and unreliable data, and contract staff do not use the data to make decisions. A new report from the GSA Inspector General said TDR introduces more risk into the procurement process by relying on flawed pricing tools. The IG recommends that the GSA stop adding new companies to the four-year-old TDR pilot and restrict access to TDR data. Federal Acquisition Service commissioner Sonny Hashmi said the GSA is working to correct data issues and better train the workforce to use the information. GSA will continue to move forward with the TDR pilot.
- The Senate is on recess and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency still does not have a permanent director. The Senate left town this week without confirming President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the CISA. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) Said he held Jen Easterly’s nomination, along with all other candidates for positions in the Department of Homeland Security, until Vice President Kamala Harris stepped down. go to the US-Mexico border. Harris’s office said she would be heading to the border today. But the Senate is already in a period of public works until July 9.
- The Department of Defense underestimates the risks of many of its major corporate computer programs. This is what to remember from a new report from the Government Accountability Office evaluate the 29 major IT projects of the DoD. The GAO found that 10 of these programs had higher risk scores than the scores reported to the federal IT dashboard by the DoD’s chief information officer. Hiring and training software talent remains a major hurdle for DOD. According to GAO, 18 of the major computer programs face software development challenges.
- Spending on other transaction agreements has seen a huge increase in fiscal 2020. New data from the Government Accountability Office the agencies found spent over $ 16 billion using this alternative acquisition approach. Of the $ 16 billion, agencies spent $ 9 billion through OTAs to respond to the pandemic. Overall, agencies spent more than $ 665 billion on purchases last year, up $ 70 billion from 2019, half of which was in response to COVID-19.
- The Small Business Administration is reconvening its Council on Underserved Communities, as part of the Biden administration’s campaign for fairness in government programs. The board has 20 members who will advise the SBA on how to strengthen its outreach to underserved communities. The SBA is giving the public until July 20 to submit the names of community leaders and small business owners they would like to see serve on the board. The SBA first created the board in 2010.
- Kiran Ahuja took the oath practically yesterday as director of the Bureau of Personnel Management. Ahuja thanked OPM staff for their efforts during the pandemic. She acknowledged the agency’s challenges and said it will take time to resolve them. She also said she was there for the long haul. OPM has not had a permanent director for over a year.
- A bill tabled in the House and the Senate would keep agency inspectors general at work during government shutdowns. The Keep the Watchdogs Running Act would respond to a long-standing legislative request by the government-wide Board of Integrity and Efficiency Inspectors General to keep all GIs at work during periods of non-use credits. The GIs of independently funded agencies are already unaffected by the closures.
- A project between the Post Office and the General Services Administration is beyond the pilot stage. The Postal Service and General Service Administration are making seven post offices in the Washington, DC metro area permanent locations for federal employees and contractors to obtain or update their identity verification cards personal (PIV). The seven post office sites completed over 11,000 appointments during the pilot phase, which ran from November 2020 to May 2021. Customers who participated in the pilot gave the service a score of 91 % favor.
- The debate over expanding paid family leave for federal employees has turned sour. Federal employees could take up to 12 weeks of paid time off to care for a sick family member, or themselves, under a House Democrats bill. But Republicans said federal employees already had too many paid days off. This did not suit the Chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Carolyn Maloney (DN.Y.) who said: ‘What are we talking about? [are] balanced policies, which I will say most countries in the world already have, even third world countries. We are the biggest country in the world; can’t we respect our workers?
- The House appropriations subcommittee on financial services and general government easily moved forward its 2022 bill. The legislation approves a 2.7% pay rise for federal employees next year. It prohibits agencies from denying official time or telecommuting to employees for specific reasons. It is also providing additional funding to the Office of Personnel Management, IRS, and the Office of Management and Budget next year. The entire House appropriations committee will consider the bill next week.
- The National Guard is ahead of schedule in this year’s recruiting efforts. La Garde reached its recruitment target in May. Usually this happens in September. National Guard recruits are also aging more than usual, with more enlistments in their late 20s and early 30s. As the economy picks up, the National Guard has said it expects many guards to return to their civilian careers.
- The State Department is behind schedule in the implementation of 15 recommendations of its Inspector General. Four offices, including the Comptroller, Medical Services and Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism, exceeded their response times to the IG by more than 150 days. The new IG report said the recommendations relate to the ministry’s travel card program, the special needs education allowance voucher approval program, and mechanisms to track total number and cost. physical security projects abroad. The IG suggested that agencies provide status updates within 30 days and has already approved the ministry’s response.
- The Library of Congress Copyright Office is opening up to the public its strategy to modernize its systems and processes. The Public Committee for the Modernization of Copyright includes a range of IT modernization actors, who will contribute to the library’s new corporate copyright system. He will organize public forums, where committee members will answer questions about the modernization of the copyright office. Its next public meeting is in July. The committee will meet twice a year until midnight.
- The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency is making adjustments to make telecommuting more permanent. Even though some employees return in person, a large portion of the NGA workforce sees up to 64 hours of telecommuting per pay period. NGA worked with its sign language interpreters to set up an operations center allowing its nearly 40 deaf employees to work remotely. Going forward, the agency still has work to do to strengthen its unclassified networks, despite obtaining FedRamp certifications.