bnv.fnr.news/management;oversight=stories;tile=1;pos=top;sz=728x90,970x90;ord=
6:01 am, July 31, 2014

Oversight News

House passes bills to halt bonuses, increase transparency of feds

The House passed the Stop Government Abuse Act Thursday by a vote of 239-176. The bill is part of a Republican legislative package aimed at slashing government waste and abuse.

Friday - 08/02/2013, 11:46am EDT

Senate poised to confirm first DoD IG in nearly two years

FDIC IG Jon Rymer said if confirmed, sexual assault and suicide prevention will be top priorities.

Monday - 07/29/2013, 11:51am EDT

DHS nominee Mayorkas defends integrity, offers plans to improve employee morale

Despite being under investigation, Alejandro Mayorkas testified today on becoming the next deputy secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas said that claims he exercised undue influence on cases in his agency, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, are false.

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 06:01pm EDT

APNewsBreak: Homeland Security official probed

APNewsBreak: Official tabbed for No. 2 Homeland Security post under investigation by watchdog

Wednesday - 07/24/2013, 04:46am EDT

Embattled DHS IG convinced Senate probe will clear his name

Charles Edwards, the Homeland Security Department's deputy inspector general and acting IG, calls recent allegations of nepotism and improper travel "baseless" and says he's convinced a Senate subcommittee investigation will clear his name. Speaking exclusively to the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, Edwards said he has provided complete documentation to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight.

Tuesday - 07/23/2013, 05:04pm EDT
Listen

DoD, State see light at end of wartime contracting reform tunnel

In responding to a list of wartime contracting changes Congress ordered last year, agencies cited many advances, but acknowledge challenges remain. Recent audits show major problems in how the Defense and State departments, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, continue to spend billions of dollars in Afghanistan.

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 05:54am EDT
Listen

Postal Service reform making significant progress in House

In the past few weeks, competing draft proposals have been circulating on Capitol Hill. But at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Wednesday, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) took a step toward compromise. Issa agreed to make changes to his draft plan, including adopting several measures proposed by Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) in postal reform legislation he separately introduced Wednesday.

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 09:01pm EDT

Charities bristle at OPM's proposed changes to CFC program

The Office of Personnel Management's proposed changes to the Combined Federal Campaign, the annual federal fundraising drive, are getting a frosty reception from local charities. OPM wants to do away with the local volunteer coordinating committees and put in place a set of more centralized regional committees established by OPM. It also wants to require charities to pay an application fee and eliminate cash and check donations in favor of electronic donations. However, some charities say the proposed changes would likely lead to fewer charities joining the program -- and fewer total donations.

Wednesday - 07/10/2013, 07:57pm EDT

EDA's overreaction to cyber attack highlights every agency's challenge

The Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration spent almost $3 million to remediate a cyber attack that really didn't happen. Commerce's inspector general found the attack infected only two outgoing email servers and not more than half of EDA's systems. Two cybersecurity experts say other agencies can learn from EDA's year-long unnecessary and expensive recovery.

Monday - 07/08/2013, 05:34am EDT

GSA produced movie parody videos, skits

Conservative watchdog group releases half dozen GSA movie parody videos, skits

Wednesday - 07/03/2013, 04:48pm EDT

State Department bureau spent thousands for Facebook fans

A recent report from the Office of Inspector General found a State Department bureau paid $630,000 to boost its number of Facebook friends.

Wednesday - 07/03/2013, 04:22pm EDT

Senate investigating DHS IG for nepotism, retaliation

Senate subcommittee investigating claims against Homeland Security deputy inspector general

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 07:48pm EDT

Energy's Environmental Management office still struggling to manage contracts

The Energy Department's Office of Environmental Management (EM) faced scrutiny in a hearing Thursday that questioned EM's contract management. DOE has been on the GAO's High Risk List for contract management since 1990.

Monday - 07/01/2013, 03:42pm EDT

New whistleblower protections take effect for federal contractors

The law, which goes into effect today, expands reprisal protections to subcontractors and lets contractor employees report wrongdoing to supervisors within their own companies. Previously, contractors would have to go to government agencies or Congress to report waste, fraud and abuse.

Monday - 07/01/2013, 05:17am EDT
Listen

House panel pressing IRS figure to talk

House panel pressing IRS figure who refused to testify to return for more questions

Saturday - 06/29/2013, 12:20pm EDT

Official declines to testify in contracting probe

IRS official declines to testify during House hearing on government contracts

Wednesday - 06/26/2013, 06:20pm EDT

IG: IRS credit cards used for wine, pornography

Watchdog: IRS credit cards used to buy wine for luncheon, romance novels for employee

Wednesday - 06/26/2013, 04:08am EDT

Contractor conducting background checks under investigation prior to NSA leak

Patrick McFarland, the inspector general of the Office of Personnel Management, confirmed to a Senate subcommittee Thursday that his office has been investigating USIS, the government's largest contractor for background-investigation services, since late 2011. He said at least 18 security clearance investigators have been convicted of falsifying investigations since 2007. McFarland said there may be "considerably more" fraud that hasn't been uncovered due to "alarmingly insufficient oversight" of the security-clearance process.

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 09:02pm EDT

BRAC-like commission proposed to hunt down government cost savings

A new commission, proposed by David Walker, former U.S. comptroller general, would recommend ways to streamline government by removing duplication and extraneous spending from government agencies. Federal-employee unions criticized the proposal and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawmakers expressed skepticism that such a proposal could gain congressional approval.

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 06:47pm EDT
Listen

IRS official contradicts claims about reviews

IRS official in DC, involved in scrutiny of tea party groups, contradicts earlier claims

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 06:18am EDT
  •  
  • 8
  •