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9:27 pm, May 6, 2015

Oversight News

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

VA pledges broad review of claims processing

VA pledges top-down review of claims processing amid mismanagement in Philadelphia

Sunday - 04/26/2015, 12:30pm EDT

Rep. Cummings warns more feds at risk in USIS cyber breach

A review by federal cyber experts from DHS, ODNI and OPM raise the prospect that the initial estimate of 27,000 federal employees thought to have been impacted by the August 2014 cyber breach of security clearance contractor USIS is low. In light of that breach and others, OMB led a governmentwide review of contracts to ensure contractors are in compliance with laws and policies to protect government data on non-federal systems.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 03:46am EDT
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Senators question Treasury's transparency of its IT projects

Two key Senate lawmakers are questioning the Treasury Department's inconsistencies in reporting the health of its major technology projects.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 09:30am EDT

Census begins stretch run vowing not to make same mistakes

GAO warns the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee that the bureau needs to simplify its IT plans for the 2020 count. Census to finalize operational plan by September detailing technology and processes for the decennial population calculation.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:32am EDT
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New Congress 'worst places to work' hotline: right idea, wrong question

Republican leadership in Congress needs a makeover of the way it oversees the executive branch if it expects different results, says In Depth host Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:26am EDT

Senate urges President to fill inspector general vacancies

Sixteen members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee penned a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to fill IG vacancies at 10 agencies.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 05:28pm EDT
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Sen. Johnson: 10 agencies need permanent IGs now

President Barack Obama and the leaders of 10 federal agencies should identify candidates to become Inspectors General at those agencies. That's according to a letter all 16 members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent to the White House and those leaders. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why he and his colleagues wrote the letter to the President in the first place.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:21pm EDT
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House lawmakers alarmed by VA's overseas network access

On the heels of another Veterans Affairs Department inspector general report showing departmental cybersecurity practices falling short, House Veterans Affairs Committee lawmakers are pressing for more answers about just how secure the data of millions of veterans are in the agency's network.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:04am EDT

SEA calls on House lawmakers to further improve VA Accountability bill

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, explained her organization's concerns, saying Congress doesn't need to micromanage SES performance reviews at VA.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:35pm EDT

House lawmakers say they've lost confidence in DEA chief

House lawmakers say they've lost confidence in DEA chief amid allegations of sex parties

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 10:56am EDT
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