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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.

Tags: Ron Johnson , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Senate , Oversight , inspector general ,

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:21pm EDT

NSA's Neuberger: Transparency, culture, keys to building risk office

The director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Mike Rogers, has established a Risk Office at the NSA. He chose Anne Neuberger to be the first Chief Risk Officer of the agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Neuberger explained what was behind the creation of the office, and why the agency needs one.

Tags: Anne Neuberger , NSA , Mike Rogers ,

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:38pm EDT

TSP's Weaver: Monthly meeting 'a tale of two auditors'

The chief accountant for the Labor Department's Employee Benefits Security Administration says the Thrift Savings Plan board lags in doing security tests on the TSP's network. Kim Weaver is Director of External Affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the Board isn't avoiding doing the tests, and there are a couple of kinds of tests the Board will run.

Tags: Kim Weaver , Thrift Savings Plan , Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board , TSP , retirement

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:47pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

If he's confirmed by the Senate as the Pentagon's next deputy chief management officer, Peter Levine will play a major role on the path toward audit readiness. He'll also be the first senior Pentagon official to publicly predict that the department will miss the auditability deadlines Congress has already set in law. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, Levine says Congress needs to find other ways to pressure the department to improve its financial reporting.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , Peter Levine ,

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:50pm EDT

Tuesday federal headlines - April 21, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, Justice and FBI will dig up old convictions in which flawed forensics may have sent the wrong people to prison, TSA airport employees will be subject to new screening measures to guard against insider threats and auditors say the Thrift Savings Plan could be vulnerable to hackers.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 08:19am EDT

Andrew Katsaros, Principle Assistant IG for Audit, Commerce Department

The Patent and Trademark Office needs to tighten its performance measures for patent examiners. The Office of Inspector General at the Commerce Department finds three main avenues PTO has to do it. Andrew Katsaros, principle assistant inspector general for audit in the Commerce Department OIG, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the three avenues and the two objectives his team took on.

Tags: Andrew Katsaros , Commerce Department , USPTO ,

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:33pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

House Veterans Affairs lawmakers want more details on why the Veterans Affairs Department let 14 contractor employees telework from countries like China and India. The latest VA Inspector General report on the agency's cybersecurity once again calls into question VA's actions and reactions to the potential problems. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the latest concerns from members of Congress on VA's cybersecurity.

Tags: Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Veterans Affairs ,

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:24pm EDT

Monday federal headlines - April 20, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, House and Senate members start debate on the non-binding 2016 budget resolution this week, amid turmoil at the top, the Broadcasting Board of Governors offers employee buyouts and the Army will shut down some of its specialized care units for wounded warriors.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive ,

Monday - 04/20/2015, 08:30am EDT

Col. Andrew Mutter, Defense Media Activity, Gene Brink, DoD News

For the past decade, the Defense Department has operated its own 24/7 cable news channel. But as of today, what was once known as the Pentagon Channel has gone dark. Cost was one factor. But officials say they also decided they could do a better job of reaching their audience if they focused their resources on an all-online, on-demand and streaming video format. Col. Andrew Mutter is the deputy director of the Defense Media Activity, and Gene Brink is the director of DoD News, the new name for the cross-platform media operation. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they explained to guest host Jared Serbu why the Pentagon Channel was launched in the first place, and why they decided to ditch the broadcast format.

Tags: Andrew Mutter , Gene Brink , DoD , Defense Media Activity ,

Friday - 04/17/2015, 04:33pm EDT

Jon Raedeke, Designer, Government Publishing Office

The new web site for the Commerce Department looks different than the old one, especially on mobile devices. But the new design gives Commerce lots of upgrades under the hood too. Jon Raedeke is a designer at the Government Publishing Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said Commerce didn't expect what they got when they first talked to GPO.

Tags: Jon Raedeke , GPO , Commerce

Friday - 04/17/2015, 04:13pm EDT
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