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7:02 am, December 19, 2014

Oversight News

Threat to discipline 1,000 VA employees draws cheers and jeers

The biggest reorganization effort in VA history is underway, says Secretary Bob McDonald. His reform plan includes hiring a Chief Customer Service Officer and imposing disciplinary action on more than 1,000 employees. And while some praise McDonald's quick and decisive actions, others are urging a different approach that gives the accused an opportunity to respond.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 10:56am EST
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VA chief: 1,000 workers face disciplinary action

VA secretary says 1,000 agency workers face discipline or firing in wake of wait-time scandal

Saturday - 11/08/2014, 12:52pm EST

Agencies should expect more aggressive oversight by GOP-controlled Congress

Experts from both sides of the aisle expect the Senate and House to coordinate investigations and hearings on executive branch programs. The budget and the confirmation processes also will become more difficult.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:49am EST
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IT acquisition reform bill gets consensus, inches closer to passage

House Oversight and Government Reform and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees agree on trimmed down version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). Now it's up to the armed services committees to keep FITARA in the Defense Authorization bill.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 04:11am EST
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GAO: OMB program inventory needs work to detect duplicative programs

The Government Accountability Office recommends that the Office of Management and Budget revise its guidance to agencies in order to collect better data for its governmentwide program inventory, which is meant to cut down on overlaps in program services.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 11:45am EST
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OMB details new, expanded approach to fighting improper payments

A new memo and guidance from OMB makes four significant changes to Appendix C of Circular A-123.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 09:18am EDT

OMB counters IG cloud report, detailing oversight steps

The Office of Management and Budget is pushing back against the recent critical report on federal cloud computing efforts by 19 civilian agency inspectors general.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 03:53pm EDT

VA begins process to remove executive at center of FedBid scandal

Sloan Gibson, VA's deputy secretary, said he's proposed the removal of Susan Taylor, the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration. Gibson will use the new authorities provided by Congress and President Barack Obama in August under the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 05:54pm EDT

Energy reverses course on plan to hire VA executive at center of FedBid procurement fraud

The Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management planned to bring on Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration's deputy chief procurement officer, but now has changed its mind. Taylor is accused by the VA inspector general of committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators and having a conflict of interest by promoting FedBid.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 03:14pm EDT

NARFE finds votes impacting feds, retirees 'more polarized than ever'

Vermont and Rhode Island lawmakers were among those in Congress who consistently voted in favor of federal workers and retirees, according to the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association's latest scorecard.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 10:34am EDT

On DoD: John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

On this week's On DoD, John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, says the role of an IG is to effectuate change. In his words, "If it's worth publishing, it's worth publicizing."

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 03:00pm EDT

Tom Devine, Legal Director, Government Accountability Project

The Marine Corps has settled a complaint with a high-profile whistleblower. Marine Corps civilian scientist Franz Gayl had raised concerns about delays in sending the blast-resistant trucks known as M-RAPs to Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, after the seven-year battle, the service is pledging to create a better environment for whistleblowers. Tom Devine is the legal director for the Government Accountability Project and he represented Franz Gayl. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the details of the case.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 11:42am EDT
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Recipe for a successful DATA Act is part collaboration, part oversight

OMB and Treasury are creating a roadmap on how to move forward with DATA Act implementation over the next 12 to 36 months. Meanwhile, congressional and executive branch auditors are part of the oversight process from the beginning.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 04:03am EDT

Rep. Coffman calls on VA to take swift action against Susan Taylor

The chairman of the Veterans Affairs subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations wrote a letter to Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Bob McDonald wanting more details on the actions it will take in light of the inspector general report involving the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration and FedBid.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 06:34pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is proposing stricter lending protections for service members who take out short-term loans. The department says the move would close several loopholes in current regulations that are supposed to protect service members from predatory lenders. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details from his DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 06:57am EDT
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VA IG unwinds tale of procurement fraud, abuse involving senior agency officials, FedBid

The Veterans Affairs inspector general issued a report alleging the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration used her position to promote and award a contract to FedBid, a reverse auction vendor, and improperly acted as an agent of the vendor, creating a conflict of interest.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 05:26am EDT
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Anti-addiction groups call for new FDA chief

Anti-addiction activists call for FDA chief's resignation amid painkiller abuse epidemic

Saturday - 09/27/2014, 10:02am EDT

Government hackers try to crack HealthCare.gov

Report: Government's own 'white-hat' hackers give HealthCare.gov mixed review on security

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 03:42am EDT

Report: Services for female veterans fall short

The Veterans Affairs Department and other government agencies are not doing enough to help women who served in the military, even as their number is rising dramatically, according to a new report.

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 05:40pm EDT

VA has one ethics officer for every 18,674 employees

The Office of Government Ethics says the Veterans Affairs Department needs to expand the legal team responsible for ensuring employees follow government ethics rules. The team has just 19 people, in a department of more than 342,000.

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 02:21pm EDT
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