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Oversight News

Reasons unclear for drop in whistleblower disclosures

The Office of Special Counsel's annual report to Congress found the number of employees bringing cases of potential wrongdoing declined for the first time in five years.

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 06:08am EDT

Federal agencies owe the IRS at least $28M in fees

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration evaluated six random reimbursable agreements IRS made with agencies and found a lot of money went uncollected.

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 05:35am EDT

IG: Justice employees pushed relatives for jobs

The Justice Department's inspector general said Thursday that eight high-ranking employees in the department's management division improperly promoted the hiring of relatives for summer or full-time work or assisted others in doing so.

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 06:11pm EDT

Geithner says LIBOR investigation complex

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says regulators waited four years to penalize Barclays bank for trying to manipulate a key global because the investigation was complex.

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 01:57pm EDT

IG encourages USPS to consider offering non-postal services

The U.S. Postal Service may be overlooking a potential source of revenue, according to a report from its inspector general. Offering nonpostal services presents several challenges, but it may also be a viable option for the struggling institution, the report concluded.

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 04:45pm EDT

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
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