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Embattled DHS IG convinced Senate probe will clear his name

Charles Edwards, the Homeland Security Department's deputy inspector general and acting IG, calls recent allegations of nepotism and improper travel "baseless" and says he's convinced a Senate subcommittee investigation will clear his name. Speaking exclusively to the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, Edwards said he has provided complete documentation to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight.

Tags: DHS , Charles Edwards , Senate , oversight , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Dan Epstein , Cause of Action , exclusive

Tuesday - 07/23/2013, 05:04pm EDT
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Draft bill would force DHS to change acquisition practices

Rep. Jeff Duncan releases a discussion draft of a bill to add more discipline and oversight to the Homeland Security Department's acquisition process.

Tags: acquisition , Congress , Jeff Duncan , DHS , oversight , House Homeland Security Committee , acquisition policy , contracting , program management , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 02/25/2014, 03:42am EST
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Borras begins to see the light at the end of DHS' employee morale tunnel

Rafael Borras, undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department for the last four years, who recently left DHS to return to the private sector, said the Homeland Security Department needs a tactical, sustained effort to improve employee satisfaction. He said that kind of effort has helped change the way DHS oversees and implements IT programs.

Tags: technology , management , workforce , DHS , Rafael Borras , Employee Viewpoint Survey , morale , oversight , Program accountability and risk management , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 02/20/2014, 03:55am EST
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Emergency zombie warnings make Coburn's list of federal cyber failures

Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) report on cybersecurity and critical infrastructure in the federal government examined more than 40 inspector general audits and revealed gaping holes in the security of agencies' systems.

Tags: Tom Coburn , Senate , technology , cybersecurity , hacking , oversight , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 10:44am 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 , Jon Tester , Patrick McFarland , Congress , House , Senate , Jack Moore

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

Background check probe zeroes in on USIS contracts

Among the issues considered Tuesday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee were contracting practices at the Office of Personnel Management that allowed the largest background-investigation contactor -- accused by the Justice Department of taking improper shortcuts and defrauding the government -- to conduct quality reviews of its own work.

Tags: OPM , oversight , background checks , USIS , Sterling Phillips , Katherine Archuleta , Elijah Cummings , Darrell Issa , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 02/11/2014, 04:24pm EST

OPM brings background investigation reviews in-house

The Office of Personnel Management has decided that final quality reviews for background investigations will be conducted by government employees -- not contractors. A Feb. 6 statement from OPM Director Katherine Archuleta provided to Federal News Radio said starting Feb. 24 the quality-review process for background checks will be "fully federalized," and that "only federal employees will be conducting the final quality review before the investigative product is sent to the agency for review and adjudication."

Tags: OPM , oversight , background investigations

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 03:33pm EST

IGs to propose cyber maturity model to better gauge federal cyber health

The goal is to more accurately evaluate the security of the government's computer networks and systems. These efforts could bring more consistency to the cyber auditing process and engender more confidence in its results.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , oversight , Kathleen Tighe , Education Department , Ron Ross , NIST , Alan Paller , SANS Institute , council of the inspectors general on integrity and and efficiency , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 04:45am EST
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Army identifies up to $100 million in fraud in recruiting payments

The Army's audit arm finds huge accountability holes in a years-long program that recruited 130,000 soldiers. The program most likely violated federal law from the get-go, officials say.

Tags: DoD , Army , Congress , workforce , recruiting , oversight , waste, fraud and abuse , Army Criminal Investigation Command , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , William Grisoli , David Quantock , Joseph Bentz , Claire McCaskill , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 03:45am EST
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Agencies experiencing a widening cybersecurity reality gap

The inconsistent way inspectors general review the security of federal networks and computers is causing uncertainty around what is working and what isn't in the federal government. A recent State Department IG management alert is a prime example of this growing disconnect.

Tags: technology , State Department , cybersecurity , NIST , Ron Ross , Pat Howard , Alan Paller , David Kotz , Kathleen Tighe , Education Department , oversight , DHS , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 04:54am EST
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