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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD still slow to share medical records; New hiring initiative at VA; DISA's $12B IT contract
In this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, Jared Serbu examines news and buzz in the Defense community that you might have missed including: DoD-VA medical record sharing still too slow; VA kicks off new drive to hire docs; DISA plans follow-on to Encore II contract
Hundreds of thousands of dollars in alleged payments by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel to an Amtrak employee are being investigated by the Justice Department inspector general's office.
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.
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: 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
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.
A report by the Veterans Affairs' Inspector General's office found that a regional supervisor stockpiled about 8,000 veteran-related documents, and that paperwork with sensitive personal information was poorly handled.
Every major agency has an inspector general. Some are enthusiastic about sharing their office's work with the general public. Others prefer to let their reports speak for themselves. Brian Miller used to be an inspector general -- he's the former IG of the General Services Administration and now managing director at Navigant. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose for the beginning of an ongoing look into the world of inspectors general. He said there's an apprehension in some offices towards publicizing the work they do.
Brian Miller, former inspector general at the General Services Administration, said IGs have a difficult job that often goes unnoticed. He gave Federal News Radio a behind-the-scenes look at how IGs balance mission, the media, agency relationships and a good sense of humor.