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SEC giving $30M, biggest whistleblower award yet

The Securities and Exchange Commission is giving its biggest award yet, about $30 million, to a whistleblower who provided key information that led to an enforcement action in a fraud case.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 08:10pm EDT

Johnson pitches DHS regional commanders as part of 'unity' campaign

Drawing upon his past as the Pentagon's top lawyer, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson envisions a clearer chain of command at DHS that would improve coordination among the department's 22 separate agencies.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 03:48pm EDT

Lawmakers debate future of DHS headquarters project

House Homeland Security Committee lawmakers and GAO highlighted funding shortfalls and a need to update plans. Meanwhile, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs majority issued a report detailing why its research shows Congress should make the DHS headquarters consolidation project a priority.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 05:03am EDT

Lawmakers want assurances from GSA on AbilityOne compliance

The Obama administration's strategic sourcing program has been beset by protests from unhappy vendors. This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:33am EDT

Do we need a million fewer federal employees?

Former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal examines the contention that hiring more federal employees would make for a smaller, better-run federal government.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:00am EDT

CMS sets new deadline to fix two dozen HealthCare.gov cyber shortfalls

Marilyn Tavenner, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator, promised House lawmakers Thursday that the site would be better protected when open enrollment begins in two months. The recent attack on the HealthCare.gov didn't succeed in stealing any data, DHS says. But some lawmakers say a year into the Affordable Care Act, the website still has basic cybersecurity challenges that should have been fixed.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 04:17am EDT

Obama to finally fill OPM deputy director role

The President plans to nominate retired Navy Rear Adm. Earl Gay to be the second in command at OPM. The last Senate-confirmed deputy director left more than three years ago.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 05:20am EDT

DHS management chief nominee's approach is data centric

Russell Deyo sailed through his nomination hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday. He said the Homeland Security Department needs to consolidate financial management systems so it can use the data to make strategic decisions. The committee also heard from nominees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and USPS Board of Governors.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:41am EDT
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Continuing resolution heads to President Obama for signature

The continuing resolution keeps government agencies open and funded until Dec. 11. At this point, Congress has not tried to use the legislation to block a 1 percent pay raise for federal employees in 2015.

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 10:47pm EDT

Unions want more say in agency operations

Can a national council in Washington improve labor relations on agencies' front lines?

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 02:42pm EDT
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Air Force needs more strategic planning to meet budget constraints

The Air Force can't afford the programs it thinks it will need over the next decade. The service's top officer says it's time to reexamine priorities, with a realistic view of the funding it will get from Congress.

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:34am EDT
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IRS' approach to big data focuses on business outcomes

The office of compliance analytics at the IRS uses information, tools and analysis to help mission offices solve problems. Dean Silverman, a senior adviser to the IRS commissioner, said his office is trying to use these tools and approaches to improve the agency's outcomes and to create a data-driven decision-making culture.

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:16am EDT
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Conversation with Authors: Dr. Zeke Emanuel

How did the US Healthcare system evolve? What's surprising about the history of healthcare reform in the U.S.? What are the Six Megatrends in Healthcare? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with, Dr. Zeke Emanuel, author of Reinventing American Healthcare. That's next week on The Business of Government Hour.

Monday - 09/15/2014, 12:00pm EDT

CBP: 155 force cases need more review

Mark Morgan, interim head of Customs and Border Protection's internal affairs office, said there was no timeline to complete the review and Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske had not decided what information to release on individual cases. One case resulted in a death.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 07:40pm EDT

Report: Border Patrol homes cost $680,000 each

Report: Government paid nearly $700,000 per home for Border Patrol housing project in Arizona

Friday - 09/12/2014, 04:23am EDT

DHS S&T chief plans for more relevant research, better employee morale

Dr. Reginald Brothers, the new Homeland Security Department undersecretary for science and technology, wants to revamp DHS' S&T portfolio by making its research projects more relevant to end users, building more connective tissue between headquarters and DHS components and rebuilding workforce morale.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 04:11am EDT
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GAO updates Green Book to help agencies navigate a risky time

GAO has released the first major revision since 1999 of the book on management controls. The update maintains the five major components of internal control from past editions, but it adds depth in the form of 17 principles. It is meant for both federal managers and auditors.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 02:42pm EDT
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Rep. Cuellar pushing for agencies to link performance, budget

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said he put provisions in the fiscal 2015 spending bills that build upon the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act in linking agency metrics to its budget request. He also added a provision that requires agencies to set customer service standards.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 05:34am EDT
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VA scheduling investigation finds misconduct in dozens of facilities

During an ongoing Veterans Affairs inspector general investigation, more than a dozen VA officials lied to investigators. Given what officials have learned so far, the practices that raised alarms in Phoenix are pervasive throughout the Veterans Health Administration.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 04:52am EDT
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Justice Dept. IG complains of interference

The Justice Department's inspector general said Tuesday that his staff is routinely blocked from getting access to documents it needs for audits and reviews of the department and its law enforcement agencies.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:50pm EDT
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