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GOP to agencies: Why do you pay employees not to work?

Congressional Republicans probe for answers following a GAO report that the government spent nearly $3.1 billion in paid administrative leave over a recent 3-year period. While most employees took such leave for a week or less, 263 spent a year or longer on paid administrative leave.

Tags: Darrell Issa , paid leave , GAO , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:12pm EDT

IG turns 'blind eye' to DFAS' fudged financial records, Grassley reports

Sen. Chuck Grassley released a report Friday, revealing fudged financial statements from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and audit misconduct from the Inspector General's office.

Tags: management , oversight , financial management , DoD , DFAS , Arnold Punaro , Pentagon Solutions , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 11/26/2013, 06:59am EST

Bill would strengthen whistleblower protections for military personnel

Four senators have introduced a bill to extend to members of the military the same whistleblower protections enjoyed by civilian agency employees. The bipartisan bill already has gained the support of one advocacy group -- the Government Accountability Project.

Tags: Tom Devine , whistleblower , Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act , Mark Warner , Susan Collins , Senate , sexual assaults , Michael OConnell , DoD

Monday - 11/25/2013, 01:41pm EST
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IRS draws new criticism over $70M employee bonuses

Tags: IRS , Danny Werfel , bonuses , OMB , NTEU , Congress

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 02:42pm EDT

Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 25, 2013

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is concerned new regulations may make whistleblowers even more reluctant to report tax fraud to the IRS. OMB Controller Danny Werfel says $85 billion in cuts under sequestration would hurt every state. Maj. Gen. Brett Williams says the U.S. Cyber Command is trying to figure how to normalize operations alongside air, land and sea capabilities. Lynn Singleton, director of environmental services at Lockheed Martin, talks about helping agencies move their email to the cloud. Dr. Milton Corn explains why The National Library of Medicine is monitoring social media.

Tags: Senate , IRS , whistlelower , Danny Werfel , OMB , sequestration , U.S. Cyber Command , Brett Williams , Lynn Singleton , Lockheed Martin , industry , cloud , Milton Corn , National Library of Medicine , National Institutes of Health , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , DoD , DoD Report , Federal Drive

Monday - 02/25/2013, 09:34am EST

2012 Defense bill amendment capping contractor pay advances

An amendment to the 2012 Defense Authorization Bill, passed by the Senate last week, caps taxpayer-funded compensation for all contracting employees at $400,000. Senate sponsors of the measure say the measure is designed to head off burgeoning defense contractor salaries. Federal employee unions have applauded the bill, but it has drawn the ire of industry groups. The Senate version of the defense bill, which contains controversial provisions dealing with military detainees, must still be reconciled with a House version before becoming law.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Barbara Boxer , Jay Rockefeller , 2012 Defense Authorization bill , Congress , Senate , AFGE , John Gage , Acquisition Reform Working Group , Jack Moore

Monday - 12/05/2011, 05:25pm EST

New law cracks down on government charge card abuse

Agencies now face stricter rules for issuing and tracking government charge cards under a new law President Barack Obama signed Friday. The Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012, introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and a bipartisan group of co-sponsors in 2011, passed the House in August.

Tags: charge card abuse , Congress , Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 , best practices , Jack Moore

Friday - 10/05/2012, 07:13pm EDT

DOJ IG called to investigate whistleblowers' safety

Lawmakers ask for DoJ's IG to investigate the effectiveness of the agency's efforts to protect the whistleblowers in the Fast and Furious case. After alleged negative and potential threatening comments by an ATF official, lawmakers are concerned if the motive is vindictive.

Tags: Darrell Issa , DoJ , Fast and Furious investigation , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , ATF , Taeja Smith , whistleblowers

Monday - 07/02/2012, 08:45pm EDT

Grassley criticizes IRS for dragging feet on whistleblower cases

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) talked to the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about his objections to how the Internal Revenue Service handles whistleblower complaints.

Tags: Senate , Congress , IRS , Federal Drive , whistleblower

Friday - 05/11/2012, 12:56pm EDT
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