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Inspector General: SSA sitting on $134 million in uncashed checks

The inspector general for the Social Security Administration estimated the agency is sitting on about $134 million for benefit checks that sit uncashed by recipients for more than a year - money subsequently returned to the agency. But the IG report found most of the recipients who didn't cash their checks are still eligible for the assistance and the SSA could take additional steps to ensure they receive them.

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 07:58pm EDT

GAO: Special hiring authority not a free pass

A Government Accountability Office report found the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency need to do a better job managing their employees under Title 42.

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 06:11am EDT

GAT Board to finish testing spending oversight tools this summer

In its second report to the President, the Government Accountability and Transparency Board updates progress on several pilots to implement three broad-based recommendations. DoD and HHS are reviewing how best to standardize spending data. OMB is developing a Statement of Spending to provide more transparency into how agencies spend their funds.

Tuesday - 07/10/2012, 07:33pm EDT

IG: Medicare contractors vulnerable to conflicts of interest

Firms that are paid tens of millions of dollars to root out Medicare fraud are bidding on contracts to investigate companies they are doing business with, sometimes their own parent companies, according to a government report released Tuesday.

Tuesday - 07/10/2012, 05:19pm EDT

EPA fixes security classification shortcomings

An inspector general report found the Environmental Protection Agency's national security information infrastructure needed improvement in light of a 2009 executive order. The report called for more comprehensive information security guidelines and better regulation of employees' security clearances.

Monday - 07/09/2012, 08:28pm EDT

CBO: House bill requiring detailed program inventories will cost $100M

A House bill designed to reduce government redundancy by requiring agencies to provide detailed reports about the programs they operate will cost about $100 million for agencies to implement, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis. The Taxpayers Right to Know Act, introduced by Rep. James Lankford, would required agencies to publicly post detailed information about each of the program they operate, including costs and the number of employee dedicated to them.

Friday - 07/06/2012, 04:56pm EDT

Obama appoints DoD acquisition policy chief to head spending watchdog

President Barack Obama announced he will appoint Richard Ginman, the director of Defense Department procurement policy, to chair the Government Accountability and Transparency Board (GATB), a spending and transparency watchdog. Ginman has served as the director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) for a little more than year.

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 08:18pm EDT

DOJ IG called to investigate whistleblowers' safety

Lawmakers ask for DoJ's IG to investigate the effectiveness of the agency's efforts to protect the whistleblowers in the Fast and Furious case. After alleged negative and potential threatening comments by an ATF official, lawmakers are concerned if the motive is vindictive.

Monday - 07/02/2012, 08:45pm EDT

House oversight committee OKs GSA-inspired bills

Two new bills advance to the Congress floor in regards to the 2010 GSA Scandal. These bills, if affirmed, will hold executives accountable for misappropriations of funding, and also necessitate agencies to provide rundowns for all conferences spending.

Friday - 06/29/2012, 07:15pm EDT

OSC warns agencies of email monitoring restrictions

The Office of Special Counsel is reminding agencies not to target email monitoring of employees that could have a chilling effect on whistleblowers who report waste, fraud and abuse.

Monday - 06/25/2012, 09:52am EDT
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Agency officials tout progress on security clearances

Agency officials from the Defense Department and the Office of Personnel Management, along with a handful of other agencies, cited significant improvements in both timeliness and accuracy in the security-clearance program at a Senate subcommittee. The agencies agreed, however, much work remained to maintain that progress and to take on new challenges, such as reciprocity and reinvestigation.

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 07:51pm EDT
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Devaney: 'Long past due' for governmentwide spending oversight

Agencies and lawmakers, seeking to implement accountability and transparency practices governmentwide, are taking a page from the Recovery Board's playbook. One of the successes of the RAT Board was in changing the way agencies dealt with erroneous or improper payments, said Earl Devaney, the former chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and now a senior adviser at Reznick Government.

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 03:01pm EDT
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NSA clears up misconceptions about compliance

In his first interview ever, John DeLong, the compliance director at the National Security Agency, clears up the misconceptions that exist about his job as well as the work done in his office. He says compliance is where rules intersect with technology, people and the activities at NSA.

Monday - 06/18/2012, 10:52am EDT
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Prince William becomes search and rescue captain

Royal officials say Prince William has qualified as an operational search and rescue captain in the Royal Air Force.

Thursday - 06/07/2012, 07:11am EDT

Obama picks GMU prof to replace Jaczko at NRC

President Barack Obama said he plans to nominate Allison Macfarlane to lead the Nuclear Regulatory Agency, just days after the embattled head of the agency announced he would step down.

Thursday - 05/24/2012, 06:09pm EDT

Fed salaries, USPS, and more

Host Mike Causey will talk about several issues affecting federal workers with Bill Bransford, general counsel of the Senior Executives Association and Steve Watkins and Stephen Losey of the Federal Times.
May 23, 2012

Wednesday - 05/23/2012, 08:09pm EDT
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Senators digging into GSA conferences in all regions

Two high-ranking senators requested information about conference travel and spending in all GSA regions in a detailed letter on Friday.

Friday - 05/18/2012, 03:30pm EDT

IG offices thrive despite lack of permanent leadership

Ten agencies do not have Senate-confirmed inspectors generals. Four have been waiting for more than 1,000 days for a nomination or confirmation. But House lawmakers found that agencies without a permanent IG still are making a lot of progress in rooting out waste, fraud and abuse.

Friday - 05/11/2012, 05:46am EDT
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Special counsel letter details air safety concerns

Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner sent a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday, calling attention to reports of safety lapses at some U.S. commercial aviation facilities. She also criticized the Federal Aviation Administration for delays in responding to whistleblower disclosures.

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 09:48am EDT

Geithner: Obama won't ask me to stay in a 2nd term

Timothy Geithner said Wednesday that he doesn't expect to serve a second term as Treasury secretary. He said he doesn't think President Barack Obama would ask him to remain if Obama won re-election.

Wednesday - 01/25/2012, 11:16pm EST
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