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DoD, State see light at end of wartime contracting reform tunnel

In responding to a list of wartime contracting changes Congress ordered last year, agencies cited many advances, but acknowledge challenges remain. Recent audits show major problems in how the Defense and State departments, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, continue to spend billions of dollars in Afghanistan.

Tags: DoD , USAID , contracting , Congress , Claire McCaskill , Richard Ginman , Patrick Kennedy , Aman Djahanbani , management , oversight , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Jared Serbu , State

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 05:54am EDT
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EDA's overreaction to cyber attack highlights every agency's challenge

The Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration spent almost $3 million to remediate a cyber attack that really didn't happen. Commerce's inspector general found the attack infected only two outgoing email servers and not more than half of EDA's systems. Two cybersecurity experts say other agencies can learn from EDA's year-long unnecessary and expensive recovery.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Commerce Department , Economic Development Administration , Joseph Beal , CCSI , Venu Ayala , Zen Strategics , oversight , Jason Miller

Monday - 07/08/2013, 05:34am EDT

IG: IRS credit cards used for wine, pornography

Tags: IRS , oversight , charge card abuse

Wednesday - 06/26/2013, 04:08am EDT

Contractor conducting background checks under investigation prior to NSA leak

Patrick McFarland, the inspector general of the Office of Personnel Management, confirmed to a Senate subcommittee Thursday that his office has been investigating USIS, the government's largest contractor for background-investigation services, since late 2011. He said at least 18 security clearance investigators have been convicted of falsifying investigations since 2007. McFarland said there may be "considerably more" fraud that hasn't been uncovered due to "alarmingly insufficient oversight" of the security-clearance process.

Tags: security clearances , Patrick McFarland , GSA , Claire McCaskill , Senate , Congress , USIS , background investigations , Michelle Schmitz , management , oversight

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 09:02pm EDT

BRAC-like commission proposed to hunt down government cost savings

A new commission, proposed by David Walker, former U.S. comptroller general, would recommend ways to streamline government by removing duplication and extraneous spending from government agencies. Federal-employee unions criticized the proposal and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawmakers expressed skepticism that such a proposal could gain congressional approval.

Tags: management , budget , oversight , Congress , best practices , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , John Mica , Carolyn Maloney , David Walker , Stephen Goldsmith , Elaine Kamarck , J. David Cox , Government Transformation Initiative , AFGE , Reinventing Government

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 06:47pm EDT
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