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GAO slams agency cyber efforts

Auditors find all 24 agencies it reviewed had weaknesses in security controls. GAO also found problems with training and oversight of contractor systems. It recommends OMB and DHS provide better performance metrics.

Tags: technology , oversight , cybersecurity , GAO , OMB , DHS , FISMA , Susan Collins , Jason Miller

Monday - 10/03/2011, 06:25pm EDT

Congress to extend deadline for Postal Service debt

The Postal Service would get seven more weeks to pay a $5.5 billion debt to the Treasury under the continuing resolution passed Monday by the Senate. A House version includes the same provision. The bill is due on Friday.

Tags: continuing resolution , USPS , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , senate homeland security and governmental affairs , budget , Emily Kopp , senate homeland security and governmental affairs , senate homeland security and governmental affairs , senate homeland security and governmental affairs , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Tuesday - 09/27/2011, 07:25pm EDT

McCain brings House GOP USPS reform plan to Senate

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has introduced legislation in the Senate to overhaul the struggling Postal Service. It mirrors the GOP plan approved by a House subcommittee Wednesday. It would let an independent watchdog to seize control of the agency's finances if it were more than 30 days late in paying its bills.

Tags: John McCain , Dennis Ross , USPS , Susan Collins , Emily Kopp

Friday - 09/23/2011, 07:01pm EDT

VA needs to tighten oversight of G.I. Bill

Three senators say the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill needs tougher oversight after new figures show a quarter of the program's funds went to just eight companies that run for-profit colleges.

Tags: DoD , VA , GI Bill , Congress , VFW , vetjobs , Tom Harkin , Jim Webb , Curtis Coy , ted daywalt , education , Jared Serbu , Ryan Gallucci

Friday - 09/23/2011, 05:20am EDT
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House subcommittee pushes forward GOP plan to repair USPS

A House subcommittee markup of a bill to address the Postal Service's financial problems broke down along partisan lines. Democrats accused Republicans of using this legislation to weaken labor provisions. Republicans said Democrats would prefer bailing out the agency rather than making it sustainable. The bill now goes to the full House Oversight and Governmental Reforms Committee.

Tags: USPS , management , workforce , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , Dennis Ross , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Barack Obama , FERS , budget , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 06:44am EDT
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Postal service needs big regulatory changes to survive, experts say

Congress, unions, new Postmaster General all agree current payment structure for retirees is killing chances of USPS survival.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , Patrick Donahoe , Tom Coburn , USPS , CSRS , FERS , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/06/2010, 05:01pm EST

Lawmakers: CMS should rely on states to fight fraud

States need to help CMS fight fraudulent claims, says Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Tags: HHS , Medicare , Medicaid , improper payments , fraud , fast act , Tom Coburn , Claire McCaskill , Peter Budetti , lewis morris , one pi , health IT , Jory Heckman

Wednesday - 07/13/2011, 05:58pm EDT
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Senators want progress report on real property disposal efforts

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.

Tags: federal asset management , management , Rob Portman , Senate , real property disposal , Courtney Thompson , Congress

Thursday - 07/07/2011, 05:33pm EDT

Transparency groups call for increased E-Gov funding

OMB Watch and 30 other open-gov groups are asking Congress to restore funding to the E-Government Fund.

Tags: Vivek Kundra , OMB , E-Government Fund , open government , Data.gov , IT Dashboard , USASpending.gov , Performance.gov , OMB Watch , technology , Gov 2.0

Monday - 06/13/2011, 01:56pm EDT
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