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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

GSA trying innovative approaches to disposing of real property

GSA acting administrator Dan Tangherlini said the agency wants to work with Congress to offer creative ways for agencies to maximize their assets. In its own headquarters, the GSA is using modern techniques to save space.

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 06:11pm EDT

Senators seek cost cuts for F-35 fighter jet

Senators seek cost cuts for F-35 fighter jet; Pentagon says its priciest program improving

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 03:08pm EDT

Senators push Tangherlini for assurances GSA is improving

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members support Dan Tangherlini to be the permanent administrator of the General Services Administration. Lawmakers, however, wanted more answers about the troubled SAM program and the recent IG report on management interference of contract negotiations.

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 05:26am EDT
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DoD maintains BRAC fight, despite opposition from Congress

Amid nearly unanimous congressional opposition, the Defense Department says it needs to stop operating military facilities it no longer wants or needs.

Friday - 06/14/2013, 06:09am EDT
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NSA head says spy programs thwarted terror attacks

NSA director says surveillance programs disrupted dozens of terrorist attacks

Thursday - 06/13/2013, 02:22pm EDT

Industry driving development of first-ever critical infrastructure cyber framework

NIST, charged with developing the nation's first-ever cybersecurity baseline for critical infrastructure, says its job is to provide technical assistance to companies, but industry itself must lead the way. Gen. Keith Alexander said NSA will review the use of contractors.

Thursday - 06/13/2013, 05:27am EDT
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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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Obama's ATF nominee gets Senate hearing

Obama's ATF choice gets Senate hearing _ something afforded few of his predecessors

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 10:46am EDT

Rep. Issa heading down familiar path for IT reform; Senate still in discovery mode

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) plans to offer the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) as an amendment later this week to the 2013 Defense Authorization bill. The Senate held a hearing looking at the best approach to empower federal CIOs. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee heard that transparency, visibility and senior leadership are common traits among successful CIOs.

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 05:26am EDT

Bill aims to slash Medicare waste and fraud

The Medicare program made $44 billion in improper payments in 2013. A bipartisan bill designed to prevent fraudsters from milking the system calls for contractors to increase accuracy and for beneficiaries to report fraud.

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 07:52pm 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

2 Obama cabinet nominees clear Senate committee

Obama's nominees to head Commerce, Transportation win Senate committee approval

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 10:10am EDT

VA's security shortcuts put millions of veterans' data at risk, former VA cyber official alleges

The Veterans Affairs Department denies claims that systems or data are in danger. But Jerry Davis, the former deputy assistant secretary for information security in VA's Office of Information and Technology, asserts in documents that he was bullied into signing security certifications that were deficient as a condition of his departure from VA for a new job at NASA.

Monday - 06/03/2013, 06:01am EDT
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AP sources: Obama to name ex-Bush aide to head FBI

AP sources say ex-Bush official James Comey to be Obama's nominee to head FBI

Thursday - 05/30/2013, 05:06pm EDT

Senator: Fire commanders allowing sex assault

SC Sen. Graham: Women needed in military service, fire commanders allowing sex assault

Monday - 05/27/2013, 02:50pm EDT

Smooth confirmation hearing for Pritzker

Obama's commerce secretary pick, Penny Pritzker, gets smooth confirmation hearing in Senate

Friday - 05/24/2013, 03:56am EDT

IRS official to take the 5th at House hearing

IRS official who runs division that targeted tea party groups to take the 5th before Congress

Wednesday - 05/22/2013, 04:00am EDT

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 confirms former nurse to run Medicare

By an overwhelming 91-7 vote, the Senate confirmed Marilyn Tavenner to oversee Medicare, Medicaid, children's health insurance and coverage for the uninsured under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Wednesday - 05/15/2013, 07:17pm EDT
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