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7:44 am, August 28, 2014

Oversight News

New audit reveals OPM's weak oversight of background check reviews

A new audit from the OPM Inspector General's office reveals shortcomings in the steps taken by Office of Personnel Management and its contractors to make sure background investigations undergo quality reviews. The audit pointed to a lack of oversight on OPM's part in making sure contractors actually review cases and said some of the companies that employ case reviewers failed to keep track of records showing the contractors had undergone proper training.

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 02:02pm EDT

Are agencies meeting cross-agency goals? OMB reviews make it hard to tell

The Office of Management and Budget's assessment of cross-agency priority (CAP) goals could use improvement, according to a Government Accountability Office report published Tuesday. GAO found many of the reviews lacked relevant information, such as time frames for particular goals and the status of ongoing efforts.

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 10:41am EDT

Audit: More than 57,000 await first VA appointment

Huge backup: 57,000 vets waiting 90 days or more for first VA appointment; more never seen

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 03:36am EDT

OSC investigating dozens of claims of whistleblower retaliation at VA

The Office of Special Counsel is investigating more than three dozen claims of whistleblower retaliation at the scandal-rocked Veterans Affairs Department. The 37 cases OSC is investigating span VA facilities in 19 states. They include VA employees who say they've been retaliated against for disclosing a range of misconduct, including improper scheduling practices, the misuse of agency funds and inappropriately restraining patients, according to OSC.

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 11:32am EDT

John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The problems at Veterans Affairs, and the unsuccessful rollout of healthcare.gov could be evidence of something systemic. Some call it a 'civil service crisis'. Whatever it is, it's claimed jobs at both the career and political appointee levels. John Palguta is the Vice President for Policy at the Partnership. He spoke with Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive.

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 06:46pm EDT
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Sequestration forced agencies elsewhere for program funding, GAO says

The Government Accountability Office takes a look at the effects of the 2013 sequester and how agencies prepared.

Friday - 05/30/2014, 04:20pm EDT

DoJ files False Claims Act lawsuit against CA Technologies

The Justice Department alleges CA has violated since 2002 terms of its GSA schedules contract and over-charged the government for IT hardware and software.

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 05:38pm EDT

Are you violating the Hatch Act and you don't even know it?

Under the Hatch Act, federal employees face a number of restrictions when it comes to their political activity on and off the job. The law was originally designed to protect feds from political coercion.

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Whistleblower hotlines changing the way IGs respond to waste, fraud and abuse

Across the federal government, the officials who run hotline programs in agency inspector general offices say they're finding ways to cut their backlogs of incoming cases and get vital information into the hands of investigators more quickly. In part, it's because those officials are communicating with one another like never before.

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 04:08am EDT
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Is hike in whistleblower claims a sign of progress or growing mistrust?

The heads of both the Office of Special Counsel and Merit Systems Protection Board tell Federal News Radio as part of our special report, "Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees," that their increasing workloads could actually be a sign of progress, and that more employees feel protected enough to make whistleblower disclosures. However, an exclusive Federal News Radio survey reveals a wide chasm of trust remains when it comes to feds blowing the whistle at work.

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 02:10am EDT
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Feds fast-tracking new system for keeping tabs on cleared personnel

In Part 4 of the special report, Questioning Clearances, Federal News Radio examines the government's plan to use new technology to keep better tabs on cleared personnel on a near, real-time basis. But some experts wonder whether such a plan could be implemented successfully in the swift timelines sought by the government.

Sunday - 05/18/2014, 08:44am EDT
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Watchdog: No proof treatment delays killed vets

Investigator: More VA complaints but no proof that any deaths linked to delays in treatment

Friday - 05/16/2014, 04:10am EDT

Shinseki 'mad as hell' over veteran deaths, delayed treatment, but won't resign

The VA secretary promised the Senate Thursday that he will impose accountability for extended hospital wait times that may have led to veteran deaths, but not until investigations have run their course.

Friday - 05/16/2014, 03:40am EDT
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Secret lists, deaths: Claims roil Veterans Affairs

Allegations of cover-ups, delayed care, deaths roil Veterans Affairs hospitals, clinics

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 09:44pm EDT

Concerns over quality continue to plague OPM's background investigations

Ten years ago, the federal government was faced with a crisis in managing security clearances: costly delays and backlogs in performing background investigations. The Office of Personnel Management stepped in and tremendous progress clearing the backlog and meeting strict new timelines mandated by Congress. But some critics now worry too much focus has been put on speed in the process and not enough attention has been given to quality. In our special report, Questioning Clearances, Federal News Radio examines why efforts to measure the quality of background investigations have stalled.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 02:00am EDT

Does your company need a board of advisors?

Stan Krejci of the SK Group discusses whether your company needs a board of advisers, and if so, how you should assemble one.
May 12, 2014

Monday - 05/12/2014, 07:07pm EDT
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Hagel: Accountability has be upheld in VA scandal

Defense chief Hagel says he supports VA's Shinseki, but wants accountability

Monday - 05/12/2014, 12:18pm EDT

IGs 'straddle fence' between contractors, agencies

Former Inspector General of the General Services Administration Brian Miller says IGs are in the spotlight more these days. He shares advice and best practices for contractors being audited by IGs.

Friday - 05/09/2014, 07:37am EDT
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OPM's crackdown on background check fraud leads to jail time -- for some

Since 2008, the Office of Personnel Management has been on a crusade to root out falsification in background investigations using the courts. Nearly two dozen background investigators for either OPM or one of its contractors have been criminally prosecuted for misconduct ranging from outright falsifying reports, known as "ghostwriting," to performing sloppy checks that failed to adhere to OPM's standards.

Friday - 05/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

Background investigation fraud case against USIS moved to DC court

Less than two weeks ago, a federal judge approved the transfer of the case alleging USIS with improperly conducting thousands of background-check reviews to Washington, D.C. An investigation conducted by the Office of Personnel Management's inspector general remains ongoing. OPM says it has confidence in the reforms put in place by the company.

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 03:28pm EDT
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