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Defense Department has successfully adapted to continuing resolutions, Government Accountability Office finds

The Defense Department (DoD) has operated under a continuing resolution (CR) for 11 out of the last 12 fiscal years, freezing spending at the previous year’s level. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) studied the impact that operating under a CR has on DoD. Operating under a CR is not ideal or particularly efficient, but DoD […]


Department of Homeland Security disagrees with Government Accountability Office recommendations related to Jan. 6 attack

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rework its security protocols following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. DHS has specific protocols to respond to special events that require increased security. Triana McNeil, director of homeland security and justice issues at GAO, said DHS does not agree with its […]


Agencies failed to close gaps from biological incident preparedness exercises, Government Accountability Office finds

The Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Health and Human Services and Agriculture regularly run interagency exercises to test preparedness for biological attacks. However, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the Covid-19 pandemic showed a lack of action in response. Chris Currie, director of homeland security issues at GAO, said the exercises his office analyzed, taking […]


Undocumented federal contractor access cards are a “serious issue,” warns inspector general

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (IG) warns that undocumented Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards pose a security risk. The VA’s IG office found that none of the PIV cards tested met the security requirements. Michael Missal, inspector general of the VA, said his office’s investigation found the department is not […]


Federal contracting challenges brought to forefront during pandemic

Federal agencies have spent more than $61 billion from contracts to respond to the pandemic. But those agencies canceled $4 billion of contract obligations. Marie Mak, director of contracting and national security acquisitions at the Government Accountability Office, said her office found some contracting officers did not have agency-specific guidance, training or access to available […]

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Defense Department is taking significant steps to improve management

The Pentagon wants to move $4.3 billion to fund emergency COVID-19 requirements, Federal News Network reports. The 2021 Compendium from the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General has 65 recommendations on workforce safety and effective spending during the pandemic. Troy Meyer, acting deputy inspector general for audit at the Department of Defense Office of Inspector […]


Cybersecurity issues at Department of Veterans Affairs could have “catastrophic impact,” says Government Accountability Office director

The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Denis McDonough promises changes are coming after a 12-week strategic review of the VA’s electronic health record program. That program is missing important elements of the federal government’s cyber defense strategy. Carol Harris, director of information technology and cybersecurity issues at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), […]

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