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11:59 pm, December 18, 2014

Oversight News

Report: Secret Service needs outsider as leader

Review panel calls for outsider to lead Secret Service, more personnel and training

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 05:50pm EST

Thousands of veterans' calls for help go to voicemail

The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General identified a total of 40,500 missed opportunities for the call center to refer veterans to appropriate care and services.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:54am EST

Gene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Most of the troops are coming home, but that doesn't mean there isn't still work to do in Afghanistan. Every year, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) assembles a "high risk" list. It outlines which areas of the reconstruction effort are most vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse. The list also helps the armed services focus their reconstruction efforts and correct problems. Deputy SIGAR Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this year's findings and their implications.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:12am EST
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Levin, Coburn leave legacy of bipartisanship, oversight

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) says "bipartisanship is not extinct" in his farewell speech to Congress. Wastebook author Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says oversight is a duty that many senators continue to ignore.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 02:27pm EST

Time for OFPP to weigh in on use of reverse auctions

An interesting bid protest decision flew under the radar that signals yet another challenge to FedBid, the reverse auction contractor.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:06am EST

Congress fails to revise FOIA despite bipartisan support

Bid to update Freedom of Information law falls short in Congress despite bipartisan support

Saturday - 12/13/2014, 01:40pm EST

FBI: Cyber attack against Sony would have bested most federal defenses too

Whether or not North Korea was behind the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures, its level of sophistication suggests it was sponsored by a country, not a group of hackers. And the FBI believes the same attack could just as easily have penetrated most sophisticated networks, including government ones.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 03:50am EST
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IG: Patent and Trademark Office wasted $24 million on labor contracts

Slipshod administration led the Patent and Trademark Office to spend at least $24 million on risky labor contracts for unknown reasons, according to a report by the Commerce Department inspector general.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 11:27am EST

Mixed news in military sexual assaults report

Mixed news in latest report on military sexual assaults _ some good, some bad

Friday - 12/05/2014, 05:50am EST

Special Counsel names VA whistleblowers Public Servants of the Year

Before receiving their Public Servant of the Year awards, each whistleblower told stories of outrage and frustration, scattered with doses of faith and black humor.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 03:23pm EST

Wishful FISMA thinking

What could be the last set of the mostly dreaded annual Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) reports are arriving from agency inspector generals.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:23am EST

CMS claims cyber fixes in place for HealthCare.gov

Administrator Marilyn Tavenner told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members on Nov. 14 that CMS fixed 22 technical recommendations before open enrollment began. The letter came on the cusp of yet another contentious hearing on the role of former White House CTO Todd Park in overseeing and developing the initially troubled portal.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 04:26am EST
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Patent Office commissions review of telework abuse

The Patent and Trademark Office has hired the National Academy of Public Administration to review the agency's vaunted telework programs following allegations that teleworkers are falsifying their timecards and managers do not have the tools to monitor them.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 04:02pm EST

Chaffetz to replace Issa as Oversight chair

In the most closely-contested race for committee chair, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) will replace Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) as the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 11:06am EST

Watchdog: Patent telework program invites abuse

Watchdog: 'Easy' for patent office teleworkers to falsify hours

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 06:50pm EST

OPM nominee to focus on improving security review process, veteran hiring

A Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday from retired Rear Adm. Earl Gay on his nomination to be the Office of Personnel's first deputy director in three years.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 05:22pm EST
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IG Report: Better acquisition monitoring needed at DHS

In his review of the Department of Homeland Security, the DHS inspector general says the agency needs better monitoring of catching duplicative programs and acquisition. An independent auditor also outlines some flaws at DHS.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 11:30am EST

GAO: Agencies not using performance data to decide policy, budget changes

In its new report, the Government Accountability Office found that agency managers aren't using performance data to objectively determine the success of programs before making changes to their policies or budget.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 11:15am EST

GAO: Not too early to track DATA Act progress

The Government Accountability Office is taking an early interest in how the White House and Treasury Department draft government-wide financial data standards, due out next summer. A lot is riding on those standards, says Comptroller General Gene Dodaro.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:26pm EST

Joe Kaplan, Founding Principal, Passman & Kaplan, P.C.

The Justice Department Inspector General finds that a student hiring program was marred by nepotism. Two immigration administrators and a judge made the hiring of relatives seem like a routine practice in the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Joe Kaplan is founding principal at the Washington law firm Passman & Kaplan. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the rules about nepotism and how federal managers can avoid trouble.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:02pm EST
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