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IRS official apologizes for lavish $4M conference

An Internal Revenue Service official whose division staged a $4.1 million training conference and who starred as Mr. Spock in a "Star Trek" parody shown at the 2010 gathering conceded to Congress on Thursday that taxpayer dollars were wasted in the episode.

Friday - 06/07/2013, 04:12am EDT

Lawmakers, IG expose further vulnerabilities in VA's cybersecurity

The Veterans Affairs Department has been compromised by at least eight different nation state organizations that stole data from its systems, House lawmakers and other experts say. VA officials say there always are risks, but their computer security is better than ever before.

Wednesday - 06/05/2013, 09:13am EDT
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IG: IRS violated few policies in spending millions on conferences

The Internal Revenue Service held 225 employee conferences between 2010 and 2012, at a total cost of $49 million, according to a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The report also revealed the embattled agency used funding originally slated to hire front-line employees to foot most of the bill for a $4.1 million conference held in Anaheim, Calif., in 2010.

Tuesday - 06/04/2013, 06:21pm EDT

Top Obama appointees using secret email accounts

Some Obama political appointees using secret email accounts; White House defends practice

Tuesday - 06/04/2013, 05:42pm EDT

DoD waging 'continuing war' on unproductive acquisition bureaucracy

The Pentagon will begin tracking how much time its acquisition managers spend performing and responding to oversight in an effort to remove "non-value-added" processes from the procurement system.

Tuesday - 05/28/2013, 05:49am EDT
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Classified spending and the economy

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts discuss the billions of dollars spent on intelligence operations by the federal government, and the latest jobs report.
May 23, 2013

Thursday - 05/23/2013, 06:21pm EDT
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White House wants to root out copycat programs - starting with STEM

The Obama administration's proposed fiscal 2014 budget called for consolidating or eliminating 116 of the government's 226 STEM initiatives and centralizing the coordination of STEM programs under just three agencies: the Education Department, the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. The administration's STEM proposal is one of the government's first visible steps in reversing some of the duplication that riddles the federal landscape and which some lawmakers have seized on as examples of government waste.

Friday - 05/17/2013, 01:45pm EDT
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Senate Finance to investigate IRS targeting groups

Baucus says Senate Finance Committee will investigate IRS targeting Tea Party groups

Monday - 05/13/2013, 03:30pm EDT

Will sequestration, retirement wave derail OPM's backlog goal

The Office of Personnel Management has made steady progress chipping away at a longstanding backlog of retirement claims. But Oversight Committee lawmakers and other government watchdogs remain concerned that the absence of a long-term plan to overhaul the mostly paper-based process combined with across-the-board budget cuts and a lack of strong leadership within OPM could stall or derail the progress the agency has made.

Thursday - 05/09/2013, 05:19pm EDT

FAA safety oversight of aircraft repairs faulted

The Federal Aviation Administration's supposedly risk-based safety inspection system "falls short of being truly risk-based," especially for foreign repair stations, a report by the inspector general said.

Monday - 05/06/2013, 09:10pm EDT

Lawmakers take on legislative process in fight against duplicative programs

Two senators from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee want to change Senate rules in an attempt to make sure new federal programs or initiatives in proposed legislation don't overlap with existing efforts. Earlier this month, two House members introduced a measure that would require House committees of jurisdiction to hold oversight hearings on an annual report from the Government Accountability Office detailing government duplication.

Monday - 04/29/2013, 06:31pm EDT

Congress repeals STOCK Act reporting requirements for senior execs

Congress approved a bill Friday to eliminate expanded financial-disclosure reporting requirements for Senior Executive Service members, just days before the new requirements were to go into effect. Both the House and Senate approved the measure by unanimous consent. The expanded reporting requirements were set to go into effect Monday.

Friday - 04/12/2013, 03:18pm EDT

FEHBP modernization plan receives cautious optimism from Hill

The Office of Personnel Management told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the 50-year-old law creating the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) has hurt its ability to keep the FEHBP up-to-date. The agency estimates billions in savings over the next decade should Congress approve the White House's proposals in the 2014 budget request.

Thursday - 04/11/2013, 07:54pm EDT
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Recovery Board opens next frontier in financial accountability

Pundits may question whether Congress should have approved $804 billion in stimulus money via the Recovery Act of 2009. But many in government have come to realize that the independent agency charged with overseeing how that money was spent -- the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board -- has a lot to teach financial managers about ensuring transparency and rooting out waste in government spending.

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 02:25pm EDT
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Congress urged to drop online financial reporting for senior execs

A new report says a law requiring the online posting of senior federal executives' financial information would likely impinge on employees' privacy and wouldn't do much to deter conflicts of interest. The National Academy of Public Administration was tasked by Congress with studying the STOCK Act short for "Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge" in response to concerns about privacy and identify theft.

Thursday - 03/28/2013, 02:37pm EDT
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Court ruling could tie OSC's hands when it comes whistleblowers

The Office of Special Counsel is "deeply concerned" about the implications of a federal court ruling that stripped low-level Defense Department employees of their ability to appeal suspensions and demotions outside the agency. OSC, which filed an amicus brief earlier this month with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, is worried the ruling could have a chilling effect on whistleblowers.

Monday - 03/25/2013, 06:31pm EDT
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IRS calls 'Star Trek' parody video a mistake

A parody of the TV show "Star Trek" filmed by Internal Revenue Service employees at an agency studio in Maryland got a rebuke from Congress for wasting taxpayer dollars.

Sunday - 03/24/2013, 09:30am EDT

US citing security to censor more public records

US citing national security in censoring public records more than ever since Obama's election

Tuesday - 03/12/2013, 03:28am EDT

Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results

10 years later, final watchdog report concludes US spent too much, for too little, in Iraq

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 06:48pm EST

IG: Billions wasted on Iraq reconstruction

In his final report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen's conclusion was all too clear: Since the invasion a decade ago this month, the U.S. has spent too much money in Iraq for too few results.

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 10:34am EST
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