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10:18 pm, May 25, 2015

Oversight News

Why Koskinen says the IRS won't cause another scandal

It's the IRS' employees, rather than its rules, who will keep the agency out of trouble, Commissioner John Koskinen said in an interview on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 02:22pm EDT
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VA turns up its 'intensity' to solve long-standing cyber challenges

Stephen Warren, the Veterans Affairs Department's chief information officer, said he's brought in extra vendors to deal with a backlog of cyber challenges. VA's inspector general found more than 9,000 outstanding system security risks in its annual Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) report.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 03:42am EDT
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19 agencies receive accountability awards

Agencies with a track record in financial transparency were recognized at an award reception Wednesday, hosted by AGA.

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 10:42am EDT

Bill offers feds $10,000 to report wasteful spending

The newly introduced bill could curb "agency bloat" and the tendency for them to spend frivolously at the end of the year, said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of the co-sponsors of the bill.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 05:20pm EDT

From bomb-detecting elephants to catfish inspections, new waste books slam agency spending

Agencies are wasting more than $1 billion on duplicative and unnecessary programs, according to two new reports from members of Congress.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 03:44pm EDT
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IGs given power to subpoena former feds, contractors under new bill

Inspectors general would have the power to subpoena former feds and contractors to testify in cases of fraud or waste of more than $100,000, or when criminal activity is suspected.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 02:54pm EDT

John Hudak, Fellow, Brookings Institution

Inspectors General exist to ferret out waste, fraud and abuse. They save and recover money for the government. But how do your measure the effectiveness of the IGs themselves? Researchers at the Brookings Institution think they've found a way to figure out the return on investment agencies get from their inspectors general. John Hudak is a fellow at Brookings, and co-authored the research report. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the findings and the methodology behind them.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 09:11am EDT
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Are bungled VA claims systemic? Senators want agency review

Senators want independent review of VA to see if mismanagement of veterans' claims is systemic

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 05:36pm EDT

Agencies: Record-setting FOIA backlog out of control

Federal agencies are getting better at processing Freedom of Information Act requests. The record-setting backlog is just an anomaly out of their control, the Justice Department says.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:10pm EDT

GAO: Gov't waste of natural gas costing taxpayers millions

Significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions, a congressional investigation has found.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 01:32am EDT

VA nominee vows transformation of veterans heath care

Dr. David Shulkin led a turnaround of New York's Beth Israel Hospital as part of a long career in private sector hospital administration. He said running the Department of Veterans Affairs' health system would be a far greater challenge, but assured senators that his skills are transferrable to the public sector.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:27am EDT
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Pentagon accused of withholding information about sex crimes

Senator: Sex-related crimes in military 'vastly underreported' as victims struggle for justice

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:36pm EDT

New board to advise OPM director on federal retirement plans

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta will appoint a board to make recommendations about and advise on issues affecting federal retirement plans.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 05:52pm EDT

IGs creating 'fearful paralysis' among agencies, vendors

Kymm McCabe says inspectors general and Congress are so focused on oversight that it's creating fear and hurting communication across the federal market.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 01:11pm EDT
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DHS No. 2 regrets perception of favoritism in visa cases

Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas steadfastly defended his work on three foreign-investor visa cases while testifying before a House committee Thursday, following allegations that he used his post to help well-connected Democrats.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 12:40am EDT

John Horrigan, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center

Most of the public doesn't think open government data lives up to that moniker. That's according to the Pew Research Center. In a nationwide survey, Pew measured people's opinions of government data sharing efforts, and whether those efforts improved public perceptions of government accountability. John Horrigan, a senior researcher at Pew, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share more of what Pew found.

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 09:26am EDT
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Kenneth Myers, Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency is beefing up its nuclear support mission to meet the expectations of DoD's 2014 Nuclear Enterprise Review. A new nuke-focused directorate will tackle oversight, investment, personnel and training, as recommended in the review. Director Kenneth Myers announced the directorate last week at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. It'll be fully operational in just a few days. On the Federal Drive, Myers told Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson why a nuclear directorate is needed.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 09:05am EDT
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John Roth, Inspector General, Homeland Security

The politics that surround illegal immigration are thorny, but so are the logistics. The Homeland Security Department's inspector general has chastised the department for sending detainees home on nearly empty flights and failing to record critical information about those detainees, like whether or not they belong to gangs. IG John Roth says the department could have saved more than $40 million through better planning. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to offer a solution.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 09:01am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: House works on NDAA bill; Carter asked to probe alleged retaliation

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, language explicitly barring another BRAC round appeared last week in the House readiness subcommittee's contribution to the annual Defense authorization bill. The full House Armed Services Committee will begin to mark up the bill this week. The legislation would order DoD to draw up a 20-year plan that compares the force structure it expects to have with the precise categories of infrastructure it will need, indicating that lawmakers might be willing to consider some infrastructure consolidations once the department identifies where the excesses are in more granular detail.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 05:22am EDT

Pentagon seeks to speed up its investigations of official misconduct

The DoD IG believes that investigations into alleged misconduct by DoD officials can be cut roughly in half by 2017 if the department follows the recommendations it delivered in a report released publicly last week.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:55am EDT
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