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IGs face obstacles, delays in accessing agency records

A trio of inspectors general told the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform today about obstacles they routinely encounter in obtaining records as part of their investigations into potential wrongdoing.

Tags: Oversight , whistleblower , OIG , inspector general , Inspector General Act of 1978 , Michael Horowitz , Justice Department , FBI , Arthur Elkins , CSB , Kathy Buller , Peace Corps , sexual assaults , House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee , House , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:23pm EST

Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy, Small Business Administration

He's been the voice for the farmer when EPA regulations call for spilled milk to be treated like an oil spill. Advocacy is about relieving unnecessary burden for small businesses without losing sight of the goal of the regulation. Dr. Winslow Sargeant is chief counsel for advocacy at the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy. Today is his last day on the job. Before leaving, he joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to review his time at the agency,

Tags: Winslow Sargeant , Small Business Administration , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , farming ,

Friday - 01/23/2015, 09:28am EST
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Dispatch from the middle of the pack: EPA struggles with morale and 'green ceiling'

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy analyzes her agency's poor showing on the list of "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government."

Tags: Gina McCarthy , Best Places to Work , workforce , diversity , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 05:57am EST

White House challenge puts the quest to go green in feds' hands

The government wants to go green and it's soliciting employee suggestions to help do it. It's a top-to-bottom effort though, as federal agencies also released their annual sustainability plans and the President announced a new GreenGov Symposium.

Tags: environment , CEQ , GreenGov initiative , GreenGov Challenge , GreenGov Symposium , sustainability , GSA , CDC , GreenGov Presidential Awards , cross-agency priority goals , workforce , Matt Wingfield , VA , HUD , green government

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:22pm EST

IGs accuse agencies of stonewalling

Agencies are creating roadblocks for auditors, three inspectors general told Congress. The IGs cited specific examples at the Peace Corps, Environmental Protection Agency, Chemical Safety Board and the Justice Department.

Tags: Oversight , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , IG , Justice Department , Peace Corps , Chemical Safety Board

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 12:36pm EDT

What is happening to the EPA's data stored in the cloud?

The Environmental Protection Agency can't keep track of the data it stores in the cloud. EPA's Inspector General says it a subcontractor for a water permit system was using a cloud system to run its share of the operation, but neither the agency nor the prime contractor was aware of it. Albert Schmidt is an IT auditor of Information Resources Management and audits for the EPA's Inspector General. He says this type of cybersecurity problem isn't entirely the agency's fault.

Tags: Albert Schmidt , cloud , GDIT , GDIT Enterprise Center

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 11:29am EDT

Sean McCalley, Producer, Federal News Radio

A subcontractor working for the Environmental Protection Agency is using a cloud system to store and analyze data for the agency. But EPA's Inspector General says that's a big problem because the agency had no idea the company's in the cloud. Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley reported the story on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Sean McCalley , In Depth ,

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:12pm EDT
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Ramona Trovato, Environmental Protection Agency

Ramona Trovato helped transform national environmental health policy by focusing attention on children. She is the associate assistant administrator for Research and Development at the Environmental Protection Agency and a finalist in the Career Achievement category of this year's Service to America Medals. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain how she changed the EPA's approach to pollution. Read a Q&A with Trovato.

Tags: Ramona Trovato , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Monday - 08/11/2014, 10:40am EDT
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Trovato's efforts lead to new policies at EPA, healthier schools

E. Ramona Trovato has been an agent of change at the Environmental Protection Agency when it comes to health policy in terms of the impact of pollutants on children.

Tags: E. Ramona Trovato , health policy , Sammies , Service to America Medals , Federal Drive

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 06:16pm EDT

EPA Administrator McCarthy defends statement about firing feds

Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is clarifying remarks she made on simplifying the federal firing process. The clarification comes after the American Federation of Government Employees challenged a statement she made in her recent testimony before Congress.

Tags: AFGE , Karen Kellen , Gina McCarthy , workforce , firing , poor performance

Monday - 08/11/2014, 01:52pm EDT
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