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Oversight News

State Department bureau spent thousands for Facebook fans

A recent report from the Office of Inspector General found a State Department bureau paid $630,000 to boost its number of Facebook friends.

Wednesday - 07/03/2013, 04:22pm EDT

Senate investigating DHS IG for nepotism, retaliation

Senate subcommittee investigating claims against Homeland Security deputy inspector general

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 07:48pm EDT

Energy's Environmental Management office still struggling to manage contracts

The Energy Department's Office of Environmental Management (EM) faced scrutiny in a hearing Thursday that questioned EM's contract management. DOE has been on the GAO's High Risk List for contract management since 1990.

Monday - 07/01/2013, 03:42pm EDT

New whistleblower protections take effect for federal contractors

The law, which goes into effect today, expands reprisal protections to subcontractors and lets contractor employees report wrongdoing to supervisors within their own companies. Previously, contractors would have to go to government agencies or Congress to report waste, fraud and abuse.

Monday - 07/01/2013, 05:17am EDT
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House panel pressing IRS figure to talk

House panel pressing IRS figure who refused to testify to return for more questions

Saturday - 06/29/2013, 12:20pm EDT

Official declines to testify in contracting probe

IRS official declines to testify during House hearing on government contracts

Wednesday - 06/26/2013, 06:20pm EDT

IG: IRS credit cards used for wine, pornography

Watchdog: IRS credit cards used to buy wine for luncheon, romance novels for employee

Wednesday - 06/26/2013, 04:08am EDT

Contractor conducting background checks under investigation prior to NSA leak

Patrick McFarland, the inspector general of the Office of Personnel Management, confirmed to a Senate subcommittee Thursday that his office has been investigating USIS, the government's largest contractor for background-investigation services, since late 2011. He said at least 18 security clearance investigators have been convicted of falsifying investigations since 2007. McFarland said there may be "considerably more" fraud that hasn't been uncovered due to "alarmingly insufficient oversight" of the security-clearance process.

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 09:02pm EDT

BRAC-like commission proposed to hunt down government cost savings

A new commission, proposed by David Walker, former U.S. comptroller general, would recommend ways to streamline government by removing duplication and extraneous spending from government agencies. Federal-employee unions criticized the proposal and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawmakers expressed skepticism that such a proposal could gain congressional approval.

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 06:47pm EDT
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IRS official contradicts claims about reviews

IRS official in DC, involved in scrutiny of tea party groups, contradicts earlier claims

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 06:18am EDT

Regulatory czar nominee pledges to speed up review process

President Barack Obama's pick to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) pledged to clear up delays in the regulatory process if confirmed by the Senate. Appearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday, Howard Shelanski said improving the timeliness of OIRA's work -- which has come in for criticism from Republican lawmakers and transparency groups, alike -- is among his top priorities.

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 06:21pm EDT
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State Dept. eyes probe process after complaints

State Department reviews misconduct probe process after complaints of improper interference

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 05:30pm EDT

Hagel: Budget forces review of outside contracts

Hagel says budget forces review of outside contractors such as NSA leaker

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 02:08pm EDT

Energy officials land summer jobs for their kids

Report: Energy Dept. officials land jobs for their children, relatives despite nepotism rules

Monday - 06/10/2013, 05:38pm EDT

NSA whistleblowers say agency casts wide net

NSA whistleblowers say agency casts wide net, Verizon order is part of 'routine'

Sunday - 06/09/2013, 11:38am EDT

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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