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Inspector General: SSA sitting on $134 million in uncashed checks

The inspector general for the Social Security Administration estimated the agency is sitting on about $134 million for benefit checks that sit uncashed by recipients for more than a year - money subsequently returned to the agency. But the IG report found most of the recipients who didn't cash their checks are still eligible for the assistance and the SSA could take additional steps to ensure they receive them.

Tags: SSA , Dean Landis , improper payments , SSA IG , Jack Moore , management ,

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 07:58pm EDT

GAO: Special hiring authority not a free pass

A Government Accountability Office report found the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency need to do a better job managing their employees under Title 42.

Tags: GAO , EPA , HHS , NIH , CDC , FDA , Frances Collins , hiring , ethics , Esther Carey

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 06:11am EDT

Oversight and compliance challenges

Host Roger Waldron talks government oversight with Ken Donohue of the Reznick Group.
July 17, 2012

Tags: acquisition , contracting , compliance , Ken Donohue , Reznick Government , HUD , mortgage crisis , government market , fraud and waste , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 09:05pm EDT
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Incomplete SSA records lead to payments to dead people

Information regarding a person's death is not always correctly transferred between the Social Security Administration's databases, according to a new report from the agency's inspector general. As a result, various agencies may be sending money to dead people or fraudsters.

Tags: SSA , improper payments , financial management , Tom Coburn , Esther Carey

Friday - 07/13/2012, 02:23pm EDT

DHS management failures threaten terrorism prevention, experts warn

Longstanding problems with integration put DHS' mission to protect the country at risk, former leaders and lawmakers said. Nine years after it was created, the department still struggles to make its many components and agencies work as one.

Tags: DHS , management , Richard Skinner , Susan Collins , Jane Harman , Thad Allen , Congress , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Ruben Gomez

Friday - 07/13/2012, 03:36pm EDT
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GAT Board to finish testing spending oversight tools this summer

In its second report to the President, the Government Accountability and Transparency Board updates progress on several pilots to implement three broad-based recommendations. DoD and HHS are reviewing how best to standardize spending data. OMB is developing a Statement of Spending to provide more transparency into how agencies spend their funds.

Tags: management , Richard Ginman , Danny Werfel , OMB , Recovery Board , GAT Board , transparency , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 07/10/2012, 07:33pm EDT

EPA fixes security classification shortcomings

An inspector general report found the Environmental Protection Agency's national security information infrastructure needed improvement in light of a 2009 executive order. The report called for more comprehensive information security guidelines and better regulation of employees' security clearances.

Tags: EPA , national security , security clearances , National Security Information

Monday - 07/09/2012, 08:28pm EDT

Obama appoints DoD acquisition policy chief to head spending watchdog

President Barack Obama announced he will appoint Richard Ginman, the director of Defense Department procurement policy, to chair the Government Accountability and Transparency Board (GATB), a spending and transparency watchdog. Ginman has served as the director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) for a little more than year.

Tags: Campaign to Cut Waste , GAT Board , RAT Board , Richard Ginman , DoD , DPAP , Earl Devaney , transparency

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 08:18pm EDT

House oversight committee OKs GSA-inspired bills

Two new bills advance to the Congress floor in regards to the 2010 GSA Scandal. These bills, if affirmed, will hold executives accountable for misappropriations of funding, and also necessitate agencies to provide rundowns for all conferences spending.

Tags: GSA , Shakeup at GSA , House Oversight and Government Reform , Mike Kelly , Joe Walsh , Taeja Smith

Friday - 06/29/2012, 07:15pm EDT

New polygraph question to deter intel leaks

New security measures, including a new polygraph question, will help avoid leaks from intelligence employees, announced James Clapper, director of National Intelligence. Lawyer John Mahoney analyzes the legal responsibilities between agencies and federal employees.

Tags: intelligence , James Clapper , Esther Carey , polygraph , security clearance , national security , Federal Drive , leaks , management , John McCain

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 03:21pm EDT
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