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Congressman pledges to hold hearings on VA conference spending

Spa treatments, concert tickets and helicopter and stretch limo rides — the initial details in a Veterans Affairs' Office of the Inspector General investigation could overshadow the GSA conference spending scandal.

Tags: Jeff Miller , House , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Congress , VA , conference spending , Federal Drive

Monday - 08/20/2012, 11:48am EDT
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NASA reveals how it revived a struggling program

The space agency gave Federal News Radio an exclusive, in-depth look at a recent IT review session on its enterprise service desk. With the program faltering, NASA detailed how it used TechStat to reinforce planned solutions.

Tags: Technology , management , Gene Sullivan , Lara Petze , NASA , TechStat , Inside TechStat , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 08/17/2012, 05:31am EDT
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IT projects pulled from brink of failure

TechStat is rarely about shutting down problematic technology programs. In an exclusive report, Federal News Radio examines how agencies are using the analysis to support existing improvement plans, to move to agile development and to change its relationship with contractors. CBP, NARA and the FBI are recent examples of agencies taking advantage of the visibility and transparency TechStat brings to get programs back on track and completed.

Tags: Technology , OMB , Steven VanRoekel , Vivek Kundra , NARA , Mike Wash , Scott Stovall , FBI , Jeffrey Johnson , Customs and Border Protection , Linda Jacksta , ACE , ERA , Sentinel , TechStat , Inside TechStat , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 05:16am EDT
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Power outages pull broadband communications oversight to forefront

A former FCC official is calling for more accountability of emergency communication systems in the wake of the 911 failures during a June storm that pummeled the Washington metro area.

Tags: Jamie Barnett , FCC , 911 , emergency communications , broadband , Technology , derecho

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 11:28am EDT
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Former GSA official Prouty fights back against firing

The former Public Buildings Service Region 8 commissioner filed an appeal with the Merit Systems Protection Board against GSA for wrongful termination.

Tags: management , Paul Prouty , GSA , MSPB , Bill Bransford , Shakeup at GSA , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 05:18pm EDT

DoD IG finds audits at DISA fall short of government standards

A review of audit practices at the military's IT agency finds significant deficiencies in meeting governmentwide "yellow book" auditing standards. DISA agreed with the inspector general's findings and laid out four steps toward improvement.

Tags: DoD , DISA , Financial management , inspector general , Kristopher Miltner , yellow book , Jared Serbu , management , DoD Report

Monday - 08/13/2012, 05:39am EDT

GOP lawmaker questions spending at VA conferences

A Republican lawmaker is raising questions about spending at training conferences held in Florida last year by the Veterans Affairs Department that have prompted an internal investigation at the agency.

Tags: Jeff Miller , Veterans Affairs Department , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Congress , House , Joshua Taylor , inspector general , Eric Shinseki

Monday - 08/13/2012, 09:47pm EDT

DoJ IG ombudsman to guarantee whistleblower rights

Long-time federal prosecutor Robert Storch is the first whistleblower ombudsman at the Justice Department. In this newly-created position, Storch is charged with making sure whistleblower complaints coming into the Office of the Inspector General are reviewed in a timely and proper manner.

Tags: Robert Storch , inspector general , DoJ , ombudsman , whistleblower , POGO , Federal Drive

Friday - 08/10/2012, 11:01am EDT
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USDA unveils new steps to stop food stamp fraud

The Agriculture Department says it is going to impose tougher penalties on stores that violate food stamp rules and give states new tools to root out applicants who are ineligible for the benefit program that now covers about 1 out of every 7 Americans.

Tags: USDA , SNAP , fraud ,

Friday - 08/10/2012, 04:04am EDT

Johnson planning bill to change VA small business contracting process

Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) believes a VA contracting program that requires service-disabled vets control 100 percent of their company's decision-making to qualify is too onerous. And he wants to ease the requirements.

Tags: Bill Johnson , VA , Scott Denniston , Thomas Leney , contracting , Acquisition , Service disabled veteran-owned small business , Ruben Gomez

Tuesday - 08/07/2012, 05:34am EDT
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