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Inspector General Group Unveils Online Platform for Federal Whistleblowers; Michael Horowitz Quoted

The Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency introduced an online tool to inform whistleblowers about their rights and process for reporting abuse, waste and fraud at agencies, Federal News Network reported Thursday. The new page on the Oversight website is in the "beta" phase and includes information on the inspector general hotline, the Government Accountability Office’s FraudNet portal and the Office of Special Counsel’s disclosure unit. 

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FITARA Scorecard to Implement New OMB Data Center Metrics

Kevin Walsh, Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act executive for the Government Accountability Office, said the scorecard will deploy new data center optimization metrics by the Office of Management and Budget, FCW reported Wednesday. Walsh told attendees of a recent ACT-IAC event that GAO is establishing a balance on evaluation metrics for the FITARA scorecard, which is based on publically available information.

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GAO Assesses Public Commenter Identity Management

The Government Accountability Office has assessed federal agencies' efforts to manage identities of those who comment on public policy. GAO discovered that seven of 10 sample agencies observe internal policy in handling the identities of these commenters in different ways, the accountability agency said in a report publicly released Friday.

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GAO: Agencies Need to Bolster Information Security Efforts

The Government Accountability Office has evaluated the information security programs of federal agencies and the Office of Management and Budget's performance in supervising these efforts. GAO said Friday it found that the majority of its study's 16 sample agencies exhibited weaknesses in most areas of security control.

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GAO: Agencies Should Apply Risk Mgmt, Cybersecurity Practices

The Government Accountability Office has listed 58 recommendations to help agencies implement key practices in their respective risk management and cybersecurity initiatives. The recommendations include coordination with the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, development of a risk management process document, facilitation of organization-wide security assessments and modernization of risk evaluation policies, GAO said in a report published Thursday.

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