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Some agency leaders who would be charged with implementing the bill are unsure the DATA Act can be brought to life successfully. Officials said the government can improve how it makes data accessible and publishes procurement and other spending information. But the DATA Act may be asking for things that aren't pragmatically possible.
Tags: management , financial management , Dick Gregg , Treasury , Jim Taylor , Labor , Norman Dong , OMB , DATA Act , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Hudson Hollester , Data Transparency Coalition , Association of Government Accountants , Data Center Consolidation Act , Jason Miller
OMB is set to begin next week a 120-day review of three broad areas around security clearances. DoD and ODNI are pursuing initiatives to create a continuous evaluation process for employees with secret and top secret approvals. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members say recent events show the process is broken.
Tags: management , security clearance , OMB , Joe Jordan , Stephen Lewis , DoD , Brian Prioletti , ODNI , OPM , Elaine Kaplan , Claire McCaskill , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Jason Miller
Key senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are seeking answers into how the contractor employee responsible for the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that killed 12 people obtained his security clearance. In a Sept. 18 letter, Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), requested the Office of Personnel Management's inspector general look into what type of clearance the shooter, identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, held as well as what federal agency conducted his background investigation.
Tags: Congress , Senate , Patrick McFarland , oversight , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Claire McCaskill , Jon Tester , Ron Johnson , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , DoD , Navy , Jack Moore
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill to eliminate official time for federal employees. Official time is the paid time that employees spend on union work.
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members pressed Katherine Archuleta on her qualifications, how she will address the retirement claims backlog and on the use of official time. Archuleta appears headed down the path toward confirmation.
President Barack Obama's pick to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) pledged to clear up delays in the regulatory process if confirmed by the Senate. Appearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday, Howard Shelanski said improving the timeliness of OIRA's work -- which has come in for criticism from Republican lawmakers and transparency groups, alike -- is among his top priorities.
Bipartisan legislation in the Senate aims to streamline the elimination of excess federal properties by setting up a council within agencies and the Office of Management and Budget and creating government-wide property disposal goals.
In a letter to Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini, a bipartisan group of senators called for an evaluation of the structure of GSA's Public Buildings Service, tying it to the wasteful spending of the Las Vegas scandal.
Whistleblowers at government contractors need better protections against reprisal and need to know how to contact agency inspectors general. Two IGs and a whistleblower awaiting trial were among the witnesses at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Reform Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. It is considering legislation to extend federal whistleblower protections to all contractors, subcontractors and local governments receiving federal funds.
Tags: contracting , whistleblowers , Senate , Claire McCaskill , Walter Tamosaitis , Hanford Waste Treatment Plan , Energy , DoD , Marguerite Garrison , Peggy Gustafson , SBA , Recovery Act , transparency , URS , Bechtel , Emily Kopp
Senators Tom Carper and Rob Portman requested information from agencies on the number of excess and underutilized properties they currently own. The senators expect a progress report by July 25.