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Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs

The Department of Homeland Security answers to ninety-two Congressional committees and another twenty-seven outside organizations. The Annenberg Public Policy Center says that's a total of one hundred nineteen different oversight groups. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the complicated web of leadership might be a big reason why Congress has never passed an authorization bill for agency.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 03:53pm EDT
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Are agency insider threat programs getting off the ground?

It's hard to tell how many agencies are actually checking all the boxes on the Obama administration's plan for detecting disgruntled or rogue employees. Agencies were supposed to have taken initial steps to set up insider threat programs by June 30, according to an update posted on Performance.gov. But it's impossible to know the number of agencies who met the initial criteria so far. The progress update says that information is classified.

Friday - 07/18/2014, 12:24pm EDT

Republicans criticize handling of IRS inquiry

GOP criticizes Justice Department handling of IRS investigation; probe includes missing emails

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 05:17pm EDT

Congressmen demand answers from DHS over new USIS contract

Two congressional leaders want to know whether USIS' history was considered when awarding a $190 million Homeland Security Department contract.

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 04:09pm EDT

VA chief: Agency has lost trust of vets, public

Acting VA secretary says agency has lost trust of Americans, vows continued changes

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 07:52pm EDT
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Jim Silkenat, National President, American Bar Association

There are a lot of reasons the Department of Veterans Affairs has a huge backlog of disability claims. One is the vast number of new claims VA receives: about a million per year. A second is the sheer complexity of the process and the statutes and case law behind it. VA seems to be acknowledging the complexity of the system in a new partnership it's just formed with the American Bar Association. The new Veterans Claims Assistance Network will offer pro-bono legal services to veterans so that they can put together fully-developed claims. Jim Silkenat is the national president of the American Bar Association. He explained how the program will work on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 05:10pm EDT
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NOAA faced with tough choices as hurricane-tracking planes near end of lifespan

NOAA planes used for tracking and forecasting hurricanes -- known as the P-3 Orion -- are reaching the end of their lifespan, according to a report published by the Government Accountability Office.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 10:25am EDT

Rachel Canty, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, ICE

Just about every agency in government has suffered from cutbacks in training and travel funding. But at Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Student and Exchange Visitor Program, talking with the stakeholders in the educational institutions they oversee is a core part of the mission, so when conferences got cut back, leaders knew they had to find another way to engage. They've since moved most of their training programs online. Rachel Canty is deputy director for SEVP. She said the agency's more than happy with the results on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 05:05pm EDT
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Get rid of the ATF? Why one Congressman wants it gone

A top House overseer of federal law enforcement thinks that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) should be dissolved.

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 12:25pm EDT
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Baltimore VA office mismanaged thousands of documents, claims folders

A report by the Veterans Affairs' Inspector General's office found that a regional supervisor stockpiled about 8,000 veteran-related documents, and that paperwork with sensitive personal information was poorly handled.

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 12:05pm EDT

PTO commissioner illegally intervened in hiring

An executive in the Patent and Trademark Office was found to have violated several federal laws when she used her position to get a relative's boyfriend a job in her agency. The inspector general of the Commerce Department investigated the matter after getting a tip from a whistleblower.

Monday - 07/14/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Improper payments by federal government top $100B

Waste, fraud and abuse: Federal government acknowledges $100 billion in improper payments

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 10:20am EDT
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Russ Hereford, Deputy Regional Inspector General, Health and Human Services

Year two of the Affordable Care Act is underway with open enrollment starting Oct. 1. But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is already working to fix a big problem with the federal health insurance marketplace. The Health and Human Services inspector general found problems in verifying the data people used to enroll, producing inconsistencies that slowed down enrollment. Russ Hereford is deputy regional inspector general for HHS. He explains to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive how extensive the problem is.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 11:20am EDT
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What life is really like behind the inspector general's curtain

Brian Miller, former inspector general at the General Services Administration, said IGs have a difficult job that often goes unnoticed. He gave Federal News Radio a behind-the-scenes look at how IGs balance mission, the media, agency relationships and a good sense of humor.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 05:48pm EDT
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Linda Springer, Ernst and Young, and Dan Blair, NAPA

The White House will release details of the President's Management Agenda any day now, and observers expect embracing risk may be an aspect of that strategy. A risk- averse federal government may find that strategy hard to implement. Linda Springer is Executive Director of the Government and Public Sector at Ernst and Young and former Comptroller at the Office of Management and Budget. Dan Blair is President and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration and former acting OPM Director. Linda explained the concept behind enterprise risk management on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 04:26pm EDT
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VA medical inspector retires after scathing report

VA medical inspector retires; office was challenged on treatment of whistleblower complaints

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 01:20pm EDT

Report: Health law sign-ups dogged by data flaws

IG Report: Obama administration struggles to resolve 'inconsistencies' in health sign-ups

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 10:50am EDT

Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Watchel

Congress is waiting for President Barack Obama to sign legislation to make it easier for intelligence agency employees and contractors to blow the whistle. Some advocates say this is landmark legislation that would close a major loophole. Right now, intelligence workers have little job or legal protection when they report waste, fraud or abuse. Civil Rights Attorney Lynne Bernabei has represented federal whistleblowers. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss if the law really helps.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 10:30am EDT
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VA nurse claims retaliation for blowing the whistle on patient practices

When a nurse manager at a Veterans Affairs medical center in Albany, New York, saw a patient being unnecessarily kept in restraints for seven hours, she couldn't remain silent. But little did Valerie Riviello know that her actions as a whistleblower would start her down on a path of retaliation from her coworkers.

Friday - 06/27/2014, 10:27am EDT
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Belva Martin, Government Accountability Office

A group of foreign nationals working on one of NASA's major projects found a way to choose their own security clearances to gain access to sensitive technologies. The way they did it was pretty simple. NASA just let them do it. Belva Martin is director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office. In a new GAO report, she looks at NASA's supply chain security. She shared a few ways the agency can tighten up its grip on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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