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Federal News Radio: Health Care Site Flagged in Heartbleed Review - “People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution.”
Federal Times: OPM Partners With College to Offer Feds Tuition Discount - “Federal employees and their families will soon be eligible for a discount on tuition at the University of Maryland University College, according to an announcement by the Office of Personnel Management. Starting this summer, federal employees, their spouses and legal dependents will be eligible for a 25 percent discount off of out-of-state tuition — for both in-person and online classes.”
GovExec: The IRS Isn’t Regulating Most of the People You Pay to File Your Taxes - “A majority of “preparers” who help individuals file their taxes are not regulated by the Internal Revenue Service, according to a new report, and they are often putting filers at risk by submitting incorrect returns.”
NextGov: Deltek Breach Raises Questions About Widespread Hacking - “Details surrounding a recent network breach at the business research and software firm Deltek remain uncertain after the company confirmed the incident exposed sensitive data on tens of thousands of employees of federal contractors.”
Washington Post: D.C. Area Job Market is Gloomier in Crucial Government and Contracting Sectors - “The industries suffering the most are those that have traditionally been among the strongest in the region. The professional services sector, which includes many government contractors, lost 11,500 positions for the one-year period ended in March, while the federal government category fell 11,400. ”
Washington Post: NEH to Help Vets with Humanities Program - “NEH started ‘Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War,’ by funding five pilot programs that it says ‘use humanities scholarship to examine war and its aftermath, bring together veterans, scholars, and communities for discussions of the experiences of military service and of returning home.’”
Federal Times: DHS Plans for Single Awards Under $6B Cyber Contract - “Competition under the Homeland Security Department’s $6 billion cyber contract will be especially fierce over the coming months, with fewer than expected awards for continuous monitoring products and services. Rather than selecting multiple winners for its upcoming string of task orders, DHS is expected to make single awards. The next six task orders will cover products and services needs for multiple agencies, which will mean big business for the winning vendors.”