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11:20 am, November 28, 2014

Oversight News

CMS claims cyber fixes in place for HealthCare.gov

Administrator Marilyn Tavenner told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members on Nov. 14 that CMS fixed 22 technical recommendations before open enrollment began. The letter came on the cusp of yet another contentious hearing on the role of former White House CTO Todd Park in overseeing and developing the initially troubled portal.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 04:26am EST
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Patent Office commissions review of telework abuse

The Patent and Trademark Office has hired the National Academy of Public Administration to review the agency's vaunted telework programs following allegations that teleworkers are falsifying their timecards and managers do not have the tools to monitor them.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 04:02pm EST

Chaffetz to replace Issa as Oversight chair

In the most closely-contested race for committee chair, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) will replace Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) as the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 11:06am EST

Watchdog: Patent telework program invites abuse

Watchdog: 'Easy' for patent office teleworkers to falsify hours

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 06:50pm EST

OPM nominee to focus on improving security review process, veteran hiring

A Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday from retired Rear Adm. Earl Gay on his nomination to be the Office of Personnel's first deputy director in three years.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 05:22pm EST
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IG Report: Better acquisition monitoring needed at DHS

In his review of the Department of Homeland Security, the DHS inspector general says the agency needs better monitoring of catching duplicative programs and acquisition. An independent auditor also outlines some flaws at DHS.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 11:30am EST

GAO: Agencies not using performance data to decide policy, budget changes

In its new report, the Government Accountability Office found that agency managers aren't using performance data to objectively determine the success of programs before making changes to their policies or budget.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 11:15am EST

GAO: Not too early to track DATA Act progress

The Government Accountability Office is taking an early interest in how the White House and Treasury Department draft government-wide financial data standards, due out next summer. A lot is riding on those standards, says Comptroller General Gene Dodaro.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:26pm EST

Joe Kaplan, Founding Principal, Passman & Kaplan, P.C.

The Justice Department Inspector General finds that a student hiring program was marred by nepotism. Two immigration administrators and a judge made the hiring of relatives seem like a routine practice in the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Joe Kaplan is founding principal at the Washington law firm Passman & Kaplan. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the rules about nepotism and how federal managers can avoid trouble.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:02pm EST
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Threat to discipline 1,000 VA employees draws cheers and jeers

The biggest reorganization effort in VA history is underway, says Secretary Bob McDonald. His reform plan includes hiring a Chief Customer Service Officer and imposing disciplinary action on more than 1,000 employees. And while some praise McDonald's quick and decisive actions, others are urging a different approach that gives the accused an opportunity to respond.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 10:56am EST
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VA chief: 1,000 workers face disciplinary action

VA secretary says 1,000 agency workers face discipline or firing in wake of wait-time scandal

Saturday - 11/08/2014, 12:52pm EST

Agencies should expect more aggressive oversight by GOP-controlled Congress

Experts from both sides of the aisle expect the Senate and House to coordinate investigations and hearings on executive branch programs. The budget and the confirmation processes also will become more difficult.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:49am EST
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IT acquisition reform bill gets consensus, inches closer to passage

House Oversight and Government Reform and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees agree on trimmed down version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). Now it's up to the armed services committees to keep FITARA in the Defense Authorization bill.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 04:11am EST
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GAO: OMB program inventory needs work to detect duplicative programs

The Government Accountability Office recommends that the Office of Management and Budget revise its guidance to agencies in order to collect better data for its governmentwide program inventory, which is meant to cut down on overlaps in program services.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 11:45am EST
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OMB details new, expanded approach to fighting improper payments

A new memo and guidance from OMB makes four significant changes to Appendix C of Circular A-123.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 09:18am EDT

OMB counters IG cloud report, detailing oversight steps

The Office of Management and Budget is pushing back against the recent critical report on federal cloud computing efforts by 19 civilian agency inspectors general.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 03:53pm EDT

VA begins process to remove executive at center of FedBid scandal

Sloan Gibson, VA's deputy secretary, said he's proposed the removal of Susan Taylor, the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration. Gibson will use the new authorities provided by Congress and President Barack Obama in August under the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 05:54pm EDT

Energy reverses course on plan to hire VA executive at center of FedBid procurement fraud

The Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management planned to bring on Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration's deputy chief procurement officer, but now has changed its mind. Taylor is accused by the VA inspector general of committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators and having a conflict of interest by promoting FedBid.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 03:14pm EDT

NARFE finds votes impacting feds, retirees 'more polarized than ever'

Vermont and Rhode Island lawmakers were among those in Congress who consistently voted in favor of federal workers and retirees, according to the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association's latest scorecard.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 10:34am EDT

On DoD: John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

On this week's On DoD, John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, says the role of an IG is to effectuate change. In his words, "If it's worth publishing, it's worth publicizing."

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 03:00pm EDT
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