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Oversight News

Watchdog report faults DEA handling of sex party allegations

Justice Department watchdog report faults DEA handling of sex-party allegations

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 11:50pm EDT

Data at the heart of OMB's latest office space reduction goals

Over the last two years, agencies have done a better job collecting information about their real property holdings. The Office of Management and Budget hopes that now can lead the government to better decision making. But Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) plans to introduce legislation to add "more teeth" to the government's property disposal process.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 03:51pm EDT
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Homeland Security No. 2 accused of improper influence

Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas helped efforts to secure the visas in ways that created the appearance of favoritism and special access, the DHS IG said Tuesday.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 03:16am EDT

IG revokes decision on DoD's first clean audit

The Defense Department's inspector general has reversed its findings on the Marine Corps' 2012 schedule of budgetary activity, saying the clean opinion it first issued is no longer to be relied upon. The 2012 SBA had been the first successful financial audit for any of the military departments.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 10:18am EDT
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Matt Rumsey, Director, Advisory Committee on Transparency, Sunlight Foundation

The government has started releasing comprehensive indexes of data showing how agencies operate and conduct oversight. That's in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Sunlight Foundation. It's been more than a year in the making, and most of the data has never been publicly identified before. Matt Rumsey, the director of the Advisory Committee on Transparency at the Sunlight Foundation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on just what's in those indexes.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:08am EDT
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VA watchdog defends actions in contracting report

Battle of the watchdogs: Treasury, VA inspectors general trade barbs over contracting report

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 03:08pm EDT

Senators: More transparency needed on geospatial data spending

Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced a bill they hope will increase transparency on geospatial data. The bill would require agencies to report how much they spend on such data, as part of annual budget submissions to the White House.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 11:41am EDT

Improper payments by federal agencies reach a record $125B

Federal agencies set new record of $125 billion in improper payments after years of declines

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 01:26pm EDT

House vets chairman: VA impeding congressional oversight

The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Monday accused the inspector general and other officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs of withholding reports from his panel, despite pledges to be transparent.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 10:37pm EDT

What happens when the Treasury IG disputes findings of a VA IG report?

The Treasury Department's inspector general reviewed a recent Veterans Affairs IG report and concluded the actions of a former VA acquisitions official "did not violate applicable law."

Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:37pm EDT

Flawed Social Security data say 6.5M in US reach age 112

Erroneous Social Security records suggest 6.5M people reach age 112; potential for fraud

Monday - 03/16/2015, 10:42am EDT

Inspector finds State Department lax on preserving emails

Inspector finds State Department lax on preserving emails as public records

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 03:56pm EDT

HHS IG: HealthCare.gov lacks overall acquisition strategy

The latest round of updates to HealthCare.gov made the second open season for the Affordable Care Act work a lot better than the first. Now the Inspector General's office at the Department of Health and Human Services is looking for lessons learned from the development of the web site. Rob Vito is regional inspector general of the Office of the Inspector General for the Health and Human Services Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared three major problems with the agency's approach to building HealthCare.gov.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 04:48pm EDT
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Deloitte: 26 years of GAO reports yield lessons for better management

Text analytics can turn tens of thousands of oversight reports into solid action plans that help your agency run smoother. The consulting firm Deloitte is using it to transform more than 40,000 recommendations from the Government Accountabilty Office into hard data. Bill Eggers is global public sector research director, and Daniel Byler is a data scientist at Deloitte. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how to turn the hard data from GAO's recommendations into action plans of reform.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 04:28pm EDT
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Agencies fail to make the grade on FOIA requests

The agencies that account for 90 percent of Freedom of Information Act requests received by the federal government continue to struggle in processing those requests in a timely manner, according to a new report from the Center for Effective Government.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 02:01am EDT
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Senate panel approves bill to make IGs stronger, more transparent

In addition to the IG Empowerment Act, the committee approved eight bipartisan bills, several of which run the gamut of federal management and workforce issues, from sick leave to car repairs.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 02:06pm EST

OGE rolls out Integrity public disclosure filing system

Nineteen agencies have already adopted Integrity, the new electronic financial disclosure program introduced by the Office of Government Ethics to help streamline public filing process.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 10:00am EST

Greg Kutz, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, TIGTA

The Internal Revenue Service has rehired hundreds of former employees with records including conduct problems, performance issues and even back taxes owed. Greg Kutz is assistant inspector general for audit (management services and exempt organizations) at the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why TIGTA focused on the issue.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 04:48pm EST
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Budget constraints set to fix IRS having opposite effect, experts say

The strict budget constraints placed on the Internal Revenue Service are crippling efforts to conduct the most basic levels of public service, said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 05:38pm EST

IGs ask Congress to strengthen oversight tools

Four inspectors general tell the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee they need legislative help in order to help them effectively oversee federal agencies.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 03:58pm EST
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