Sequester Looms Large at Agencies: Plus the DorobekINSIDER 7 Stories

On GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER:
  • If the March 1st sequestration deadline isn’t met, more than 800,000 federal employees will be furloughed. So what can you do if you are a furloughed employee. We get insights from employment attorney. Click here for the recap.
If you missed the DorobekINSIDER Live BYOD Panel yesterday featuring, EEOC’s Kimberly Hancher, FAA’s Steve Cooper, IDC’s Shawn McCarthy and Digital Management’s David Yang you can listen to it again here. The DorobekINSIDER sequestration reader: The SEVEN stories that impact your life
  1. The hacker group anonymous has hacked the State Department. ReadWrite reports, the attack was retaliation for recently arrested members of LulzSec. Personal data - including names, email addresses and phone numbers of hundreds of State Department staffers - were leaked online to the ZeroBin website. Under President Obama's new cyber-law mandate, these actions are cyber threats, punishable by severe action
  2. The General Services Administration released a new API featuring cross-platform social media content from more than 20 government agencies. The API has data from NASA, the Department of Defense, the State Department and others.
  3. Federal Times reports, the unfunded liability of the federal government’s pension systems exploded in fiscal 2011 to $761.5 billion dollars — an increase of $139 billion from its fiscal 2010 deficit. The Civil Service Retirement System once again accounted for the bulk of that unfunded liability. Its deficit grew from $634.5 billion in 2010 to $741.4 billion in 2011, according to the Office of Personnel Management’s Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund annual report for fiscal 2012.
  4. Customers and Border Protection says the will have to furlough 60,000 workers for 14 days if sequestration goes into effect. Federal Times reports, the furloughs will help the agency cut $754 million from its budget between March 1 — when sequestration is scheduled to begin — and Sept. 30, when the current fiscal year ends.
  5. The Government Accountability Office says the Census Bureau is at risk for a major cyber attack. FCW reports, that until the agency implements a comprehensive information security program they will be at risk. The report says the Bureau has not effectively adopted appropriate information security controls to protect those systems.
  6. Federal News Radio reports, occupational Safety and Health Administration blamed the Department of Veterans Affairs for unsafe working conditions at a San Francisco, Calif. lab. Medical researcher Richard Din died after exposure to a meningitis virus. OSHA said the VA failed to follow safe handling and training procedures. Din handled bacteria in the open, not in a protective chamber and the VA did not give him a meningitis vaccine. VA closed the lab after the incident last April. It said it followed OSHA's orders before the final investigation report came out.
  7. And did you miss the DorobekINSIDER live yesterday on BYOD? If so, you can check it out here.
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