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IRS Budget Cuts Resulting in Uneven Performance, GAO tells Lawmakers

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Absorbing budget cuts has resulted in significant staffing declines and “uneven performance” at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) told lawmakers with oversight of the agency in a briefing.

GAO examined IRS funding, staffing, and performance trends from fiscal years 2009 to 2014 to produce their congressional briefing. The briefing was intended to help describe actions the IRS took to absorb approximately $900 million in budget cuts since fiscal year 2010 and cites opportunities for operational improvements.

The GAO briefing documents the agency’s drop in appropriations to below fiscal 2009 levels, as well as a reduction in FTEs of 8,000 since 2009.

DHS Says Federal Websites Safe From Heartbleed Security Vulnerability; Offers Tips for Employee Personal Security

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Two weeks ago a cybersecurity industry report alerting the public about the “Heartbleed” security vulnerability was published, indicating email, website, and other services may have vulnerabilities that could affect security of logins and personal information online.

The report prompted the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S.-Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) to publish an alert online with suggested tips for the public to mitigate their risk.

DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) Director Larry Zelvin also posted a blog outlining the response to the threat and ways members of the public can protect their own personal cybersecurity and online information.

GSA Unveils New Managed Mobility Tools, Resources

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Last week the General Services Administration (GSA) unveiled new tools and resources designed to help agencies reduce costs of their mobility programs.

The launch of GSA’s Mobile Lifecycle & Expense Management (ML&EM) component of GSA’s Managed Mobility Program was highlighted by Mary Davie, Assistant Commissioner of GSA’s FAS Office of Integrated Technology Services, in a blog post.

“ML&EM solutions can reduce agency mobile costs, saving up to 25% during initial rollout and 8-10% savings thereafter. The larger an agency’s mobile footprint, the higher expected efficiencies and cost savings, but value grows for any agency as its mobile strategy evolves and mobile usage trends up,” Davie said in her post.

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Congress Asks GAO to Study Trends in Federal Employee Morale

A trio of lawmakers has requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) study “recent trends in federal employee morale, including possible root causes and steps the federal government can take to improve engagement.”

The request came from three of the top Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, including ranking member Elijah Cummings (MD-7), ranking member of the subcommittee on the federal workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and the Census, Stephen Lynch (MA-8), and ranking member of the subcommittee on government operations Gerry Connolly (VA-11).

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GovSec 2014

GovSec 2014, the nation’s premier homeland security conference, is right around the corner. The only event that brings together everything you need to be ready when it counts. This year's conference runs from May 13-15 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Highlighted on this year’s agenda will be Thomas Donilon, former National Security Advisor and Avi Dichter, a former director of the Israel Security Agency. Also featured will be a panel of local, state and federal officials who were actively involved in last year’s response to the Boston Marathon bombing, including identifying the suspects and capturing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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Case Law Update

MSPB Finds No Due Process Violation Where Employee Responded to Uncharged Misconduct

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) employee was investigated by ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility (“OPR”) after her ex-husband alleged she had misused the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (“TECS”) for personal gain. In January 2010, the agency proposed to remove the employee based on four separate charges, including misuse of TECS, failure to declare income, lack of candor, and failure to cooperate, but did not allege in the proposal notice that she had shared the information she obtained from TECS with her ex-husband or any other “unauthorized” individuals. The employee responded to the proposal orally and in writing, but the agency ultimately sustained all four charges and directed the employee’s removal effective June 18, 2010. 

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GEICO’s Good Stuff is a column series highlighting great stuff happening in the federal community.

Today, public servants are more vital to our nation’s health than ever. They are on the front lines guarding our national security, shoring up the economy, caring for veterans and providing essential services to the American people.

That’s why during Public Service Recognition Week (May 4-10), we urge you to take a moment to reflect on the importance of these unsung heroes and thank the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees.

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