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Senators seek probe into how Navy shooter got clearance

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 , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Claire McCaskill , Rob Portman , Jon Tester , Ron Johnson , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , DoD , Navy , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 04:20pm EDT

Lawmakers question officials' use of personal, secret email accounts

Current and former Obama administration officials' use of personal email addresses and secret, secondary email accounts to conduct official business came under scrutiny Tuesday at a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said her use of a secret account was to do her job more efficiently.

Tags: House , technology , records management , NARA , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , Gary Gensler , Lisa Jackson , Andrew McLaughlin , David Ferriero , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 09/10/2013, 05:14pm EDT

Next front in fight against improper payments? Stopping payments to dead people

Senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee have opened a new legislative salvo in the fight against improper payments: helping agencies stop payments to dead people. The new legislation, introduced by Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the committee would allow all federal agencies to access basic death data maintained by the Social Security Administration and require they use it to curb improper payments

Tags: mangement , improper payments , Congress , Senate , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , Death Master File , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Friday - 08/30/2013, 03:10pm EDT
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Man collects $340K in deceased mother's federal benefits

After his mother died in 1999, a Washington, D.C. man continued to collect Social Security retirement benefits and Office of Personnel Management annuity checks for 15 years.

Tags: SSA , SSA IG , inspector general , OPM , fraud , Michael OConnell ,

Monday - 08/19/2013, 05:44pm EDT

Obama orders creation of intelligence review group

President Barack Obama is directing his national intelligence director to form a panel of outside experts to review government intelligence and communications technologies

Tags: James Clapper , Barack Obama , Intelligence community , NSA ,

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 10:48am EDT

House passes bills to halt bonuses, increase transparency of feds

The House passed the Stop Government Abuse Act Thursday by a vote of 239-176. The bill is part of a Republican legislative package aimed at slashing government waste and abuse.

Tags: Congress , pay and benefits , agencies , Lynn Jenkins , Eric Cantor , Jo Ann Emerson , Blake Farenthold , Tom Coburn , James Renacci , Peter Roskam , Tom Price , Stop Government Abuse Week , Melissa Dawkins , IRS

Friday - 08/02/2013, 11:46am EDT

Senate poised to confirm first DoD IG in nearly two years

FDIC IG Jon Rymer said if confirmed, sexual assault and suicide prevention will be top priorities.

Tags: DoD , Senate Armed Service Committee , Jon Rymer , FDIC , Joe Donnelly , Lauren Larson

Monday - 07/29/2013, 11:51am EDT

Senate poised to confirm first DoD IG in nearly two years

FDIC IG Jon Rymer said if confirmed sexual assault and suicide prevention will be top priorities.

Tags: DoD , Senate Armed Services Committee , Jon Rymer , FDIC , Joe Donnelly , Lauren Larson

Monday - 07/29/2013, 05:40am EDT
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Privacy and Civil Liberties board works to inform public on NSA leaks

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is responsible for investigating the balance between counterterrorism security and Americans' privacy. The board is working toward a report on the National Security Agency's surveillance programs.

Tags: David Medine , Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board , Federal Drive , NSA , NSA leaks , Edward Snowden , Cogan Schneier , people

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 12:41pm EDT
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DHS nominee Mayorkas defends integrity, offers plans to improve employee morale

Despite being under investigation, Alejandro Mayorkas testified today on becoming the next deputy secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas said that claims he exercised undue influence on cases in his agency, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, are false.

Tags: DHS , Congress , Senate , USCIS , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Tom Carper , Alejandro Mayorkas , Janet Napolitano , Tom Coburn

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 06:01pm EDT
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