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OGE missed signs of GSA ethics violations, memo says

A memo by a government watchdog group finds the General Services Administration's ethics program received high marks in a November 2010 study from the Office of Government Ethics. The report was issued shortly after GSA threw the lavish Las Vegas conference that has led to the firings of top officials and the resignation of Administrator Martha Johnson and a slew of congressional hearings.

Tags: Cause of Action , Office of Government Ethics , GSA , Shakeup at GSA , oversight , financial disclosure ,

Monday - 08/06/2012, 11:54am EDT

2012 Causey Awards Winner - Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien, a human resources specialist in the Social Security Administration's Office of the Inspector General, was nominated for leading the organization's telework initiative.

Tags: SSA , telework , Causey Awards , Kevin OBrien , human capital

Monday - 07/16/2012, 04:21am EDT
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FBI, SEC and Labor Department investigate possible data leaks

Federal criminal and civil investigators looked into possible leaks of economic data that the government provides early to news organizations, according to a report released Tuesday by the Labor Department.

Tags: Labor Department , SEC , FBI , data leaks ,

Tuesday - 07/10/2012, 05:55pm EDT

USPS overpays pension obligations by $13.1B, report says

A new inspector general audit revealed that the Postal Service has overfunded its pension benefit obligations by nearly 105 percent. While this might seem to be good news for the cash- strapped agency, legislative action will be required for USPS to get back the $13.1 billion surplus it paid into its employees' pensions.

Tags: USPS , retirement , benefits , FERS , CSRS , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell ,

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 07:15am EDT

New Justice IG brings anti-corruption experience

The Justice Department has a new watchdog. Michael Horowitz was confirmed as the inspector general at the end of March.

Tags: Michael Horowitz , Justice , Federal Drive , Fast and Furious , Eric Holder

Tuesday - 05/01/2012, 10:28am EDT
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Analysis: Further actions against GSA commissioners remain a possibility

Although scandal rocked the General Services Administration's leadership this last week, it remains unclear whether the four regional commissioners out on leave would face criminal prosecution.

Tags: GSA , Debra Roth , Bransford Shaw and Roth , Federal Drive , workforce , management , Michael OConnell , acquisition , contracting , fraud, waste and abuse

Thursday - 04/05/2012, 10:21am EDT
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Berry: OPM did not authorize CFC meals, entertainment expenses

Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry issued a directive today claiming his agency never approved thousands of dollars in questionable meals and entertainment expenses incurred by the Combined Federal Campaign. Earlier this month, OPM's Inspector General's Office reported that CFC had charged for box seats at a Washington Nationals event, chair massages and other expenses.

Tags: John Berry , OPM , CFC , Federal Drive , oversight , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 03/28/2012, 08:35am EDT

Report raises concerns for homeless female vets

Federal investigators expressed concerns Monday for the safety of some female veterans who rely on homeless shelters after inspections showed women housed in shelters approved only for men.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , DoD , Senate , Congress

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 08:07am EDT

Leaked GAO report reveals whistleblower program flaws

Debra Roth, partner at Shaw, Bransford and Roth, said the leaking of the Government Accountability Office's draft report back to DoD was unusual. The report was an evaluation of the whistleblower protection program for military service members.

Tags: whistleblower , Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act , Debra Roth , Legal Loop , Federal Drive , DoD ,

Thursday - 02/23/2012, 11:07am EST
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IG vacancies hinder efforts to root out fraud

A dozen agencies have no permanent inspector general and some have been without one for several years, according to an IG tracker by the Project on Government Oversight.

Tags: David Kotz , SEC , Brian Miller , GSA , POGO , Federal Drive

Monday - 02/20/2012, 08:50am EST
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