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6:56 pm, October 20, 2014

Oversight News

Ousted official accuses Border Patrol of cover-up

A Border Patrol official who was removed from his position in June is accusing the agency of covering up "highly suspect" deaths in clashes along the southern border.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 06:28pm EDT

Dean Zerbe, National Managing Director, Alliant Group

The IRS may encourage more people to blow the whistle on tax cheats under new rules that went into effect this week. A good tipster could receive up to 30 percent of the taxes and penalties the agency collects. Dean Zerbe, a partner at the law firm of ZFF & J, represents whistleblowers. As a Senate staffer in 2006, he wrote the whistleblower law for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Zerbe joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how he thinks the new guidance will impact whistleblowers.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:35am EDT
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VA referrals to private doctors on rise

VA secretary: Number of referrals to private doctors increasing significantly

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:06am EDT

SSA OIG employees turn limited budget into 20-to-1 return on investment

The Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General almost tripled its goal to return $8 for every $1 spent on the agency. Between October 2013 and March 2014, the IG recovered millions in criminal convictions, audits and legal penalties, contributing to an overall 20-to-1 return on investment for American taxpayers. In part two of our special report, Rainmakers and Money Savers, Federal News Radio goes behind the scenes of the SSA OIG to examine the work federal employees are doing on a daily basis, resulting in billions of dollars going straight into the federal coffers.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:26am EDT
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Brian Miller, Navigant & Cal Scovel, IG, Transportation Department

The spotlight is on the gederal government's Inspector General community. Coverage in the news media isn't common for IGs in government, nor is a chance to learn more about how they do their jobs. Brian Miller is former IG at the General Services Administration and Calvin Scovel is the Inspector General at the Transportation Department. Cal described the overall mission and work done by his office on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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OMB asked to address agency-IG quarrels

The Inspector General Act gives IGs authority to obtain any information necessary for their investigations, but some agencies are giving IGs a hard time with their requests. Members of Senate and House oversight committees are calling on Shaun Donovan, the recently confirmed director of the Office of Management and Budget, to address the issue.

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 01:58pm EDT

DEA improperly paid $854,460 for passenger lists

DEA paid Amtrak insider $854,460 for passenger data it could have obtained free

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 01:04pm EDT

EPA Administrator McCarthy defends statement about firing feds

Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is clarifying remarks she made on simplifying the federal firing process. The clarification comes after the American Federation of Government Employees challenged a statement she made in her recent testimony before Congress.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 01:52pm EDT

Former immigration officer convicted of four felonies

A former immigration officer was convicted of four felonies: conspiracy to commit bribery and defraud the United States, bribery, conspiracy to witness tamper and witness tampering.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 04:46am EDT

IGs warn of potential threats to all inspectors general

In a letter to the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, IGs from large and small agencies say constraints placed upon auditors from EPA, DoJ and Peace Corps represent a serious challenge to the authority of every IG.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:35am EDT

Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

Among advocates of telework within the federal government, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is often seen as the gold standard. But over a period of about four years, one group of PTO employees -- mostly teleworkers -- literally got paid for doing nothing. And it wasn't a secret. Managers within the Patent Trial and Appeal Board even devised a special pay code for time when employees were on the clock but weren't working: "Other Time." Those findings are part of a new report from the Commerce Department Inspector General's office. Todd Zinzer is the Commerce IG; on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he explained how widespread this problem was.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:18pm EDT
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Carol Cha, Government Accountability Office

USASpending.gov was supposed to be the go-to place for all federal spending. But after a couple of years of operation, it's only halfway there. The Government Accountability Office finds that agencies do a decent job of reporting contract spending. But when it comes to grants and awards, it's another story. Carol Cha is the director of information technology acquisition management issues at the GAO. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the chief findings from her agency's audit.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 02:49pm EDT
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Hewlett-Packard to pay $30 million for overbilling the Postal Service

The Justice Department announced Friday that Hewlett-Packard Co. will pay $32.5 million due to allegations of overcharging the U.S. Postal Service.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 10:32am EDT

Massive inconsistencies continue to affect USASpending.gov data

A Government Accountability Office probe of USASpending.gov, the government's awards website, found that while contracting information was generally correct, only 2-to-7 percent of awards listed on the site perfectly matched agency data. GAO recommended better record keeping policies be set by the Office of Management and Budget to avoid inconsistencies.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 05:19am EDT

Rear Adm. Peg Klein, Defense Department

Most members of the military become steeped in ethics and professionalism from the outset. But in an organization as large as the Defense Department, bad apples will sometimes turn up. Recently, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel appointed Navy Rear Adm. Peg Klein as his senior advisor for military professionalism, looking across all of the armed services. She gives Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive an inside look at her job.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 12:52am EDT
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Random audits would close gaps in security clearance process

The Enhanced Security Clearance Act of 2013 requires the Office of Personnel Management to implement an enhanced security clearance system. Under the system, every security clearance gets two random audits over a five-year time period.

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 04:00pm EDT

Collateral damage of Snowden leaks being felt in cyber, public trust

Chief legal counselor to NSA says intelligence disclosures may have set back efforts to improve nation's cybersecurity posture because of increasing unease about public-private cooperation, and that it's time to reexamine the digital privacy trust relationship between government and the public.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 04:49am EDT
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Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

Failure to launch? Auditors say NASA doesn't have enough money to build big rockets on time

Saturday - 07/26/2014, 12:58pm EDT

Rep. Blake Farenthold, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Congress heads toward summer recess next week. As they leave town, federal employee issues seem to be on their minds more than normal. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Census. He chaired a hearing last week on the future of the General Schedule. On In Depth with Francis Rose he has the details about the recent hearing.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Lawmakers respond to IRS email scandal with new regulations

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members approved the Federal Records Accountability Act, which mandates preservation of digital correspondence. The committee also passed the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act, which would establish a presidential committee to find and review outdated, burdensome, costly or obsolete regulations.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 03:39pm EDT
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