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1:29 pm, December 22, 2014

Oversight News

Agency watchdogs seek more independence, budget boost

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says agency inspectors general are increasingly facing obstacles in their efforts to uncover waste and misconduct. The top watchdogs at both the Justice Department and the Peace Corps told lawmakers they've faced resistance from their agencies at times in turning over records in recent years. Lawmakers also expressed concern about the impact of across-the-board budget cuts on the operations agency IG operations.

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 05:21pm EST

Post conference scandals, agencies struggle to find balance

OMB reported agencies avoided spending $3 billion on travel and conferences in 2013 as compared to 2010. Senate lawmakers are concerned how to ensure agencies don't slide back into old habits of lavish spending on conferences.

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 04:09am EST
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House votes to beef up OPM inspector general funding

The House gave a boost to the Office of Personnel Management inspector general's office Tuesday, voting to provide the agency's auditors with access to new funding to conduct investigations. In a unanimous vote, the House approved the bipartisan OPM IG Act, introduced by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) and co-sponsored by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass). The Senate approved a nearly identical measure, introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), in October.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 05:49pm EST

Duncan calls for 'reality check' on DHS headquarters project

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, released a majority staff report that questioned the planning and future efficacy of the Homeland Security Department consolidating its headquarters at the St. Elizabeths campus in D.C.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 02:22pm EST

GAO, OMB still not seeing eye-to-eye on pace of IT Dashboard updates

The Government Accountability Office dinged OMB yet again for having updated information in the IT Dashboard only in nine of the last 24 months. OMB said the information is pre-decisional and therefore can't be made public.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 09:28am EST

DHS nominee seeks 'to hit the reset button' in embattled IG office

In his nomination hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday, John Roth, currently the director of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigations, said he aimed to turn around employee morale in the IG's office, which has been rocked by allegations of misconduct by the former acting head of the office. Roth, whose nomination has garnered near-universal support from both Republican and Democratic members of the committee.

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 03:02pm EST

Reduced conference spending could save government $500M each year

Increased oversight and tighter controls have led to a nearly 90 percent drop in conference spending since 2010 at four agencies. The reductions could amount to $500 million in annual savings across the government.

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 10:47am EST

Private security guards ill-equipped for federal workplace shooting situations

Audits find contract security personnel, which make up the vast majority of the Federal Protective Service's workforce, receive no meaningful training on how to deal with armed attackers. And many operators of X-ray machines and metal detectors at building entrances likely have never been trained to properly use them.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 04:32am EST
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IRS vendors owe $589 million in back taxes

The Internal Revenue Service has been doing business with nearly 1,200 vendors that owe back taxes, including one unnamed contractor that owed a whopping $525 million, a new inspector general's report says.

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 08:00pm EST

DHS acting IG takes another department job

Embattled Homeland Security acting inspector general transfers out of investigative job

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 06:00pm EST

What a waste -- Sen. Coburn releases annual survey of wasteful government spending

From super soldiers to stay-at-home feds, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) identified 100 programs that have generated almost $30 billion in wasteful spending by the federal government in 2013.

Monday - 12/16/2013, 05:11pm EST

Health care sign-ups pick up but may not close gap

Crunch time: Health care sign-ups picked up in November but still far short as deadline nears

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 05:56pm EST

VA struggles with accuracy as disability claims get more complex

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made significant strides in targeting its most complicated disability claims toward its most seasoned claims processing staff, but IG audits still find errors in nearly a third of compensation claims processed for Traumatic Brain Injury.

Friday - 12/06/2013, 09:32am EST
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Coburn blasts DHS for gaps in its cybersecurity

The Homeland Security Department's Office of Inspector General took a look at DHS' information security program and practices and found them lacking.

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 02:31pm EST

IG turns 'blind eye' to DFAS' fudged financial records, Grassley reports

Sen. Chuck Grassley released a report Friday, revealing fudged financial statements from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and audit misconduct from the Inspector General's office.

Tuesday - 11/26/2013, 06:59am EST

Report: 2 Secret Service supervisors under probe

Report: 2 Secret Service supervisors pulled from Obama detail after misconduct allegations

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 12:20pm EST

Federal probe questions TSA behavior profiling

Federal probe questions value of TSA behavior profiling efforts at airports

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 11:44am EST

White House considering options after Issa subpoenaes federal CTO Park

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is compelling federal CTO Todd Park show up Wednesday for a hearing before the Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the IT oversight problems of the HealthCare.gov website.

Monday - 11/11/2013, 12:47pm EST

House panel targets DoD acquisition reform, but will that be enough?

The House Armed Services Committee created a panel to figure out a way to reform the defense acquisition processes. Experts say reform may be difficult but it's also necessary given tight budgets and sequestration.

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 02:29pm EST
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DHS faces challenges in coordinating cyber efforts across government

The Homeland Security Department has received a mixed report from the inspector general on coordinating cyber operations across government, along with seven recommendations for improvement.

Tuesday - 11/05/2013, 04:24am EST
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