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Senate bill blocks background-check firms from reviewing own work

The Preventing Conflicts of Interest with Contractors Act would block the Office of Personnel Management from contracting with companies to perform final quality reviews if those same companies are also responsible for conducting initial investigations. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta announced in early February that, going forward, only federal employees would conduct final quality reviews. The new bill writes Archuleta's decision into law. Otherwise it could be reversed by a future OPM director.

Tags: Senate , Congress , Claire McCaskill , Mark Begich , security clearances , background investigations , Katherine Archuleta , OPM , Jack Moore

Friday - 02/28/2014, 11:32am EST

Key Senate panel to probe federal pay, morale issues

The Senate subcommittee with oversight of the federal workforce will take up the issue of federal-employee compensation and sinking employee morale. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the subcommittee chairman, said at the National Treasury Employees Union's annual legislative conference that the hearing would focus, in part, on making sure federal pay stays competitive with the private sector.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , pay , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Congress , Senate , sequestration , budget , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 06:39pm EST

Congress eyeing legislative fix for security clearances

President Barack Obama signed the OPM IG Act into law this week. The law provides the agency's top watchdog with an additional source of funding to conduct audits and investigations of the security-clearance process.

Tags: OPM , oversight , background investigations , security clearances , Stephen Lynch , Darrell Issa , Patrick McFarland , Congress , House , Senate , Jack Moore

Thursday - 02/13/2014, 04:14pm EST

In Depth Show Blog - February 7, 2014

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Tammy Flanagan , In Depth

Friday - 02/07/2014, 05:54pm EST

Senators seek probe into how Navy shooter got clearance

Key senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are seeking answers into how the contractor employee responsible for the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that killed 12 people obtained his security clearance. In a Sept. 18 letter, Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), requested the Office of Personnel Management's inspector general look into what type of clearance the shooter, identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, held as well as what federal agency conducted his background investigation.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Patrick McFarland , oversight , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Claire McCaskill , Rob Portman , Ron Johnson , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , DoD , Navy , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 04:20pm EDT

Tester aims to strengthen OPM's oversight of security clearance process

Legislators want to strengthen OPM's ability to oversee the security clearance process to thwart under-qualified candidates from obtaining and keeping security clearances.

Tags: Congress , Senate , intelligence community , security clearances , OPM , industry , management , Federal Drive , Melissa Dawkins

Monday - 07/22/2013, 03:04pm EDT
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Federal Drive Show Blog - July 22, 2013

On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jared Serbu , Jason Miller , Brendan Goode , Christopher Payne , Brenda Farrell

Monday - 07/22/2013, 10:22am EDT

Agency collaboration key to saving money

As the new chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs subcommittee that oversees the federal workforce and government efficiency, Sen. Jon Tester says he will work to improve government services by pushing for better inter-agency collaboration and smarter investments that produce results.

Tags: Montana , financial management , Rise of the Money People , collaboration , duplicative programs

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 06:58pm EDT

Federal Drive Interviews -- April 12, 2013

Stephen Goss, chief actuary for the Social Security Administration, talks about how actuaries can help federal agencies improve financial planning. Dr. Matthew Harris of the University of Maryland - University College discusses a new study on IG offices across the country. Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) talks about disposing of federal properties. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) talks about a new report on government efficiency.

Tags: Federal Drive , Stephen Goss , Matthew Harris , John Mica

Friday - 04/12/2013, 12:09pm EDT
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