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Independent UN expert will probe, monitor and report on online privacy issues

Brazil and Germany – two countries concerned about data collection, electronic surveillance and interception of digital communications by governments and private companies – pushed for a resolution that established the special investigator.

OMB to issue FITARA implementation guidance

The Office of Management and Budget plans to issue formal guidance to agencies on implementing the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, which passed in December as part of the fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill.

GAO: Most lobbyists filed proper disclosures in 2014

Most lobbyists followed federal regulations in filing disclosure reports to demonstrate compliance with the 1995 federal Lobbying Disclosure Act, however a small percentage didn't properly file the disclosure reports, says a March 26 Government Accountability Office report.

Audit: ICE financial systems need improvements in access controls, configuration management

An independent public accounting firm has found that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency's core financial system still has some access control and configuration management problems.

GAO: Agencies need more help to better assess physical security improvement costs

Congressional investigators said the risk management standard established by the Interagency Security Committee requires agencies to use a cost-analysis methodology that considers all direct, indirect and life-cycle costs as well create performance measurements and a testing program to better help them allocate resources.

House lawmakers introduce bill to reform beleagured Secret Service

A bi-partisan group of House lawmakers March 26 introduced legislation aimed at reforming the Secret Service, which has been plagued by a series of scandals, low morale and breaches over the last few years.

House lawmakers question TSA process that funnels high-risk travelers through PreCheck

A Transportation Security Administration official said the agency is ramping up marketing to enroll more eligible low-risk travelers who pay to go through an expedited screening program, but will continue to use a process that ferries higher-risk travelers through that same security checkpoint.

Senate Committee calls for Obama to nominate IGs for 10 agency vacancies

All 16 members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent a letter Monday to President Obama urging him to nominate permanent inspectors general at the 10 agencies who currently have vacancies.

DHS's No. 2 Mayorkas under fire for giving preferential treatment to foreign investors following IG probe

In three instances, the Homeland Security Department's second-in-command used "improper influence" to help foreign investors obtain necessary permanent residency in the United States, an internal investigation concluded March 24.

New federal CIO hopes to ride 'a tide of good trends'

As the new lead for federal information technology, Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott plans to ride "a tide of good trends" that includes realizing savings from TechStat and PortfolioStat activities, consolidating data centers and digitizing government services.