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Are you violating the Hatch Act and you don't even know it?

Under the Hatch Act, federal employees face a number of restrictions when it comes to their political activity on and off the job. The law was originally designed to protect feds from political coercion.

Tags: Hatch Act , Ana Galindo-Marrone , OSC , political activity , workforce , oversight , Trust Redefined , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Feds fast-tracking new system for keeping tabs on cleared personnel

In Part 4 of the special report, Questioning Clearances, Federal News Radio examines the government's plan to use new technology to keep better tabs on cleared personnel on a near, real-time basis. But some experts wonder whether such a plan could be implemented successfully in the swift timelines sought by the government.

Tags: oversight , security clearances , Questioning Clearances , continuous evaluation , OMB , ODNI , DoD , Marcel Lettre , Beth Cobert , Evan Lesser , GAO , Brenda Farrell , Bill Henderson

Sunday - 05/18/2014, 08:44am EDT
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Is hike in whistleblower claims a sign of progress or growing mistrust?

The heads of both the Office of Special Counsel and Merit Systems Protection Board tell Federal News Radio as part of our special report, "Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees," that their increasing workloads could actually be a sign of progress, and that more employees feel protected enough to make whistleblower disclosures. However, an exclusive Federal News Radio survey reveals a wide chasm of trust remains when it comes to feds blowing the whistle at work.

Tags: management , workforce , oversight , MSPB , OSC , Carolyn Lerner , Susan Tsui Grundmann , Shirine Moazed , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 02:10am EDT
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Shinseki 'mad as hell' over veteran deaths, delayed treatment, but won't resign

The VA secretary promised the Senate Thursday that he will impose accountability for extended hospital wait times that may have led to veteran deaths, but not until investigations have run their course.

Tags: Jared Serbu , VA , GAO , Eric Shinseki , oversight , Jeff Miller , Carl Blake , management , Richard Griffin , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , Debra Draper

Friday - 05/16/2014, 03:40am EDT
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OPM's crackdown on background check fraud leads to jail time -- for some

Since 2008, the Office of Personnel Management has been on a crusade to root out falsification in background investigations using the courts. Nearly two dozen background investigators for either OPM or one of its contractors have been criminally prosecuted for misconduct ranging from outright falsifying reports, known as "ghostwriting," to performing sloppy checks that failed to adhere to OPM's standards.

Tags: OPM , oversight , security clearances , background investigations , USIS , Charles Tiefer , Carolyn Martin

Friday - 05/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

IGs 'straddle fence' between contractors, agencies

Former Inspector General of the General Services Administration Brian Miller says IGs are in the spotlight more these days. He shares advice and best practices for contractors being audited by IGs.

Tags: inspectors general , oversight , contracting , Brian Miller , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf , Shefali Kapadia

Friday - 05/09/2014, 07:37am EDT
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EPA accused of blocking independent investigations

The Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Homeland Security has blocked independent investigations by the EPA's inspector general for years, according to a top investigator.

Tags: oversight , EPA , Patrick Sullivan

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 10:21pm EDT

Senate Republicans call for VA secretary to resign

Three Senate Republicans called Tuesday for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign, following allegations of corruption and avoidable deaths at a veterans' hospital in Phoenix.

Tags: Senate , Veterans Affairs , Eric Shinseki , Mitch McConnell , oversight

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 06:42pm EDT
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