How useful is TSA ‘behavior detection’ at airports?

A few items that caught our attention on Friday:

(Paul J. Richards/AFP-Getty Images) (Paul J. Richards/AFP-Getty Images)

How useful is TSA’s behavior detection at airports? The Government Accountability Office found no credible evidence that the Transportation Security Administration’s behavior-detection program, which costs about $200 million a year, is effective, according to a Wall Street Journal article.

Are federal senior executives too cautious? The Senior Executive Service warns that agency leaders are increasingly risk-averse, which can stifle innovation and forward-thinking, according to the latest Federal Diary column.

EPA figures Twitter can help track stomach flu: The Environmental Protection Agency plans to mine Twitter data to pinpoint when and where Americans suffer from stomach flu, following similar efforts by agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, according to a Nextgov article.

An interview with OPM director Katherine Archuleta: After heading the federal HR department since November, Archuleta talks about her priorities, dealing with morale problems across the government, information technology and a host of other issues in a Federal Times Q&A.

Spending bill funds upgrades for federal buildings: More than $9 billion in the spending bill recently approved by Congress and President Obama will help the General Services Administration begin digging out of a backlog of deferred maintenance projects at federal buildings, according to a Federal News Radio article.

White House to release 2015 budget proposal on March 4: That’s the publication date for the president’s annual fiscal recommendations, which Congress has largely ignored since Republicans took control of the House in 2010, according to an Associated Press report.  

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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