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Analysis: GSA's scandal pales in comparison to historical misdeeds

From Darleen Druyun to Jack Abramoff to wartime contracting, history shows the Public Buildings Service's lavish spending is small potatoes. Experts say the energy and time Congress has put into hearing on the GSA conference near Las Vegas could be better used to address bigger, most costly problems.

Tags: Shakeup at GSA , management , GSA , Paul Posner , GAO , George Mason University , Scott Amey , Project on Government Oversight , Tom Schatz , Citizens Against Government Waste , Congress , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 05:45am EDT
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McCaskill bill would add new rules for agency conferences

The Accountability in Government Act would require agency leaders to sign off on any conference costing more than $200,000.

Tags: management , Shakeup at GSA , GSA , Claire McCaskill , Congress , Jason Miller , conference spending

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 06:00pm EDT

Former GSA officials to appear before House committee, but not expected to say much

Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoenas Jeff Neely, PBS region 9 commissioner, to appear. Along with Neely, PBS Deputy Commissioner David Foley and former Administrator Martha Johnson are on the witness list. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee also is expected to hear from GSA Deputy Administrator Susan Brita, CFO Alison Doone and event planner Lisa Daniels.

Tags: management , GSA , Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , Senate Environment and Public Works Commitee , Congress , House , Senate , Jeff Neely , David Foley , Martha Johnson , Bob Peck , Susan Brita , John Mica , Brian Miller , Shakeup at GSA , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/16/2012, 06:00am EDT

GSA presses employees for vigilance against waste, fraud, abuse

In a letter to employees, Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini and IG Brian Miller asked employees to be more vigilant to prevent waste, fraud and abuse. They said one of the most troubling aspects of the PBS conference incident was no one reported it or took action to stop it.

Tags: Dan Tangherlini , Brian Miller , Shakeup at GSA , GSA , management , Jason Miller ,

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 04:59pm EDT

Sen. McCaskill gives GSA deadline for bonus program details

Acting General Services Administration chief Dan Tangherlini said the 'Hats Off' incentive program has been suspended. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who has promised an investigation into agency spending, said she's not sure GSA's actions are enough to change the culture.

Tags: management , Shakeup at GSA , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , Claire McCaskill , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 04:19pm EDT
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Rep. Mica: IG report is 'just the tip of the iceberg' of problems at GSA

The chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said he will hold a hearing when Congress returns from recess on the scathing IG report and other shortcoming at GSA's Public Building Service. Scott Amey of POGO said the management failures at GSA show a systemic problem.

Tags: management , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , John Mica , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , Scott Amey , Project on Government Oversight , waste, fraud and abuse , Jason Miller , Congress

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 05:06am 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 , inspector general , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

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

Obama administration two-sided on openness, expert says

Angela Canterbury, director of Public Policy at the Project on Government Oversight, said the Obama administration's efforts at transparency and openness have garnered mixed results.

Tags: Angela Canterbury , POGO , open government , Accountability and Transparency Board , Interior , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 12:17pm EDT
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OMB builds strategy to better target grant fraud, error and waste

The Obama administration has released a set of proposals it hopes will improve the oversight of grant programs. Danny Werfel, controller at the Office of Management and Budget, told Federal News Radio why the changes are necessary.

Tags: Danny Werfel , OMB , Federal Drive , auditing , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 10:33am EST
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Justice IG finds IWN program provides little value

The latest report on the 10-year effort to build a nationwide interoperable communications system shows law enforcement agents are still using 15-year-old radios. DoJ's Integrated Wireless Network program has been a victim of budget shortfalls and poor governance.

Tags: technology , acquisition , management , DoJ , Integrated Wireless Network , telecommunications , General Dynamics , Congress , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/20/2012, 04:01pm EST
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