White House Responds to Huge Hack of Federal Employee Data

June 5, 2015

By Priscilla Alvarez.  National Journal.  June 5, 2015
Computer hacks that expose the personal information of about four million people are, objectively, pretty bad. The White House knows this, and said Friday that officials are investigating a breach that was revealed this week.
The risk to computers posed by hackers, however, is "not news," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

GSA Looks to Commercial Sector for New Federal Payment Systems

January 18, 2015

By Mohana Ravindranath

Consumers may one day rely less on traditional magnetic-strip credit cards as technology companies and banks introduce new, potentially more secure payment methods — such as tapping smartphones at the register to make payments, or using credit cards with embedded chips that are scanned, not swiped.

Soon, the federal government could take cues from the commercial sector as it tries to improve the way employees make official charges for hotels, airfare, car rentals, and other purchases or services.