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Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Jan. 22 that the Federal government’s backlog of security clearance has fallen to near 200,000, from its peak of 725,000 backlog applications in 2018. […]

OPM Office of Personnel Management

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is seeking a contractor to assist IT support services for the Office of the CIO’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and to provide support for OPM’s Cybersecurity Program (CSP).






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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) made progress during Fiscal Year 2019 on cybersecurity issues, and closed eight prior recommendations from its Office of Inspector General (IG) during the year, according to the IG’s 2019 Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) audit.






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Federal agencies and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) need to continue notching progress  on IT acquisitions, operations, and cybersecurity necessary to meeting FITARA (Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act) requirements, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said.






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For Federal agencies, fostering innovation involves understanding when to be bold and where to put forth resources by communicating with other agencies as to what their needs are, while allowing for open communication channels within one’s own agency, said agency leaders today.






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OPM Office of Personnel Management

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recommended improvements to OPM’s security management, logical access, and configuration management in an audit of the agency’s financial records released on Nov. 18.






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OPM Office of Personnel Management

As part of its Centers of Excellence (CoE) initiative, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is looking to replace the application it uses for annuity claims and move from legacy software to a new web app, according to two requests for information released November 12.






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Cyber workforce people

The results of the annual Federal Employee Viewpoints Survey (FEVS) show a continued discontent with the Federal government’s career advancement processes, and a negative impact on agencies from the partial Federal government shutdown that spanned 35 days and ended Jan. 25.






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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on Sept. 30 officially transferred the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) to the Defense Department (DoD), a move that makes the Pentagon responsible for nearly all – about 95 percent – of government security clearance investigations.






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OPM Office of Personnel Management

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is proposing rules that would make it less complicated for managers to fire Federal employees, in accordance with President Trump’s executive order on the Federal workforce.






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The Senate voted today 54-38 to approve the nomination of Dale Cabaniss as Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for a four-year term.






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House Majority leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., is reaffirming congressional Democrats’ opposition to Trump administration’s proposed merger of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) with the General Services Administration (GSA).






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Congressman Gerry Connolly - FITARA Awards and Forum 2018

Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., strongly voiced doubts that the Trump Administration’s plan to merge the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the General Services Administration (GSA) would help solve OPM’s existing IT troubles in a July 15 letter to OPM Acting Director Margaret Weichert.






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With aging infrastructure standing in the way of IT modernization efforts, the Centers of Excellence (CoE) effort at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is looking to stabilize the existing mainframes at OPM before replacing them.






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Two Democratic senators told Margaret Weichert, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), to put the brakes on proposed furloughs of OPM employees in connection with a plan by the Trump administration to merge OPM with the General Services Administration.






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The General Services Administration (GSA) is seeking an online assessment system to integrate with the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM’s) USA Hire to improve online Federal hiring services.






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Federal spending budget

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and House Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., have submitted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 2500) for FY2020 that would block the proposed merger of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the General Services Administration (GSA).






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According to guidance issued by the Chief Human Capital Officers Council within the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), agencies can now use “Data Scientist” with the occupational titles of positions whose major portion of work is performing data science tasks.






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