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Michael Bromwich, Founder and Managing Principal, The Bromwich Group

Inspectors General are encountering speed bumps in their daily routines. Forty-seven IGs say they are having a hard time getting documents from their respective agencies in order to complete their work. Agencies include the Peace Corps, Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department. Now, the IGs are asking the Office of Management and Budget for help. Michael Bromwich is founder and managing principal of the Bromwich Group and an experienced federal troubleshooter. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to clarify the relationship between IGs and agencies.

Tags: Michael Bromwich , inspectors general , oversight , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 11:34am EDT
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Ousted official accuses Border Patrol of cover-up

A Border Patrol official who was removed from his position in June is accusing the agency of covering up "highly suspect" deaths in clashes along the southern border.

Tags: Border Patrol , James Tomsheck , Customs and Border Protection , oversight

Monday - 08/18/2014, 06:28pm EDT

Brian Miller, Navigant & Cal Scovel, IG, Transportation Department

The spotlight is on the gederal government's Inspector General community. Coverage in the news media isn't common for IGs in government, nor is a chance to learn more about how they do their jobs. Brian Miller is former IG at the General Services Administration and Calvin Scovel is the Inspector General at the Transportation Department. Cal described the overall mission and work done by his office on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Brian Miller , Navigant , GSA , Cal Scovel , Transportation Department , inspector general , oversight , In Depth

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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OMB asked to address agency-IG quarrels

The Inspector General Act gives IGs authority to obtain any information necessary for their investigations, but some agencies are giving IGs a hard time with their requests. Members of Senate and House oversight committees are calling on Shaun Donovan, the recently confirmed director of the Office of Management and Budget, to address the issue.

Tags: inspector general , OMB , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , Shaun Donovan , Stephanie Wasko , oversight , information sharing

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 01:58pm EDT

IGs warn of potential threats to all inspectors general

In a letter to the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, IGs from large and small agencies say constraints placed upon auditors from EPA, DoJ and Peace Corps represent a serious challenge to the authority of every IG.

Tags: oversight , Congress , Justice , Peace Corps , EPA , Charles Grassley , management , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:35am EDT

Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

Among advocates of telework within the federal government, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is often seen as the gold standard. But over a period of about four years, one group of PTO employees -- mostly teleworkers -- literally got paid for doing nothing. And it wasn't a secret. Managers within the Patent Trial and Appeal Board even devised a special pay code for time when employees were on the clock but weren't working: "Other Time." Those findings are part of a new report from the Commerce Department Inspector General's office. Todd Zinzer is the Commerce IG; on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he explained how widespread this problem was.

Tags: Todd Zinser , Commerce Department , inspector general , oversight , In Depth

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:18pm EDT
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Carol Cha, Government Accountability Office

USASpending.gov was supposed to be the go-to place for all federal spending. But after a couple of years of operation, it's only halfway there. The Government Accountability Office finds that agencies do a decent job of reporting contract spending. But when it comes to grants and awards, it's another story. Carol Cha is the director of information technology acquisition management issues at the GAO. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the chief findings from her agency's audit.

Tags: Carol Cha , GAO , USASpending.gov , spending , contracting , contract spending , oversight

Monday - 08/04/2014, 02:49pm EDT
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Random audits would close gaps in security clearance process

The Enhanced Security Clearance Act of 2013 requires the Office of Personnel Management to implement an enhanced security clearance system. Under the system, every security clearance gets two random audits over a five-year time period.

Tags: security clearance , OPM , Senate , Tom Carper , Claire McCaskill , Kelly Ayotte , Tom Coburn , Shefali Kapadia , oversight

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 04:00pm EDT
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