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Randolph Alles, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Air and Marine

Eight years after unmanned aircraft became a part of border security, the effectiveness of the program remains a question mark. A new Homeland Security inspector general audit says Customs and Border Protection never developed performance measures. Investigators found aircraft don't meet flight goals, and CBP has way undercalculated flight costs. The agency, however, disputes those findings. For the management side of the story, Randolph "Tex" Alles, assistant commissioner of the Office of Air and Marine at CBP, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive. His first bone to pick concerned how long the drones are supposed to be in the air.

Tags: Randolph Alles , CBP , drones , DHS , inspector general , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , John Roth

Monday - 02/02/2015, 09:57am EST
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Air Force suspends, begins debarment process of FedBid

The Air Force's decision comes after the Veterans Affairs IG found alleged procurement fraud, intimidation and threats against a federal official. FedBid says it's cooperating with the Air Force and believes it took the necessary steps to fix the problems.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , FedBid , Air Force , VA , Joe Jordan , Suspension and debarment , reverse auctions , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 06:32pm EST

Fighting for whistleblower rights, OSC gains higher profile

Blowing the whistle on wrongdoing at the Department of Veterans Affairs can mean risking everything from losing a job to losing the respect of co-workers. But in fighting whistleblower retaliation today, the Office of Special Counsel hopes future whistleblowers will come forward without fear of punishment.

Tags: Eric Bachman , OSC , whistleblower , Veterans Affairs , Jory Heckman , mangement , workforce

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 03:24pm EST
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USAID suspends awards to Virginia-based contractor

The main U.S. foreign assistance agency on Monday suspended awards to a non-governmental organization that has received more than $1 billion for its work in Afghanistan and Iraq the past nine years.

Tags: USAID , contracting , Afghanistan , Iraq , International Relief and Development , management ,

Monday - 01/26/2015, 08:30pm EST

Contracting whistleblowers may get new channel to report wrongdoings

The Office of Special Counsel has proposed a rule change that would allow federal contractors and grantees a new channel to report wrongdoings at federal agencies.

Tags: OSC , whistleblower , industry , contracting , waste fraud abuse , Federal Register , Michael OConnell

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:25pm EST

Don't ask GSA how many full-time teleworkers it has - it doesn't know

An inspector general audit slams the General Services Administration's telework program. It says the agency poorly tracked employees who work outside the office and the costs they incurred.

Tags: GSA , inspector general , telework , Antonia Harris , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:00pm EST

Supreme Court decision helps clarify whistleblower protections

The Supreme Court upheld an appeals court's decision that Robert MacLean is eligible for whistleblower protection. The TSA fired the former air marshal for leaking information to the media.

Tags: Supreme Court , Robert MacLean , John Roberts , whistleblower , Tom Devine , TSA , DHS , Matthew Tully , Tully Rinckey , Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:17pm EST
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John Roth, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security

Eight years after unmanned aircraft became a part of border security, the effectiveness of the program remains a question mark. A new Homeland Security inspector general audit reveals, Customs and Border Protection never developed performance measures. Investigators found aircraft don't meet flight goals. And, CBP has way undercalculated flight costs. John Roth is the Inspector General at Homeland Security. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the report and the future of the drone program.

Tags: John Roth , inspector general , DHS , drones , CBP , border security , Tom Temin ,

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:31am EST
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Supreme Court rules in favor of fired whistleblower

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a former air marshal who was fired after leaking plans to the media about security cutbacks can seek whistleblower protection.

Tags: whistleblower , Supreme Court , Robert MacLean , air marshal , TSA , DHS

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 01:30pm EST

OSC helps VA whistleblowers retain jobs, regain reputations

Veterans Affairs whistleblowers reclaimed their jobs and reputations after supervisors tried to downplay claims of falsified performance reports, a delayed response to rape allegations against a VA employee and low staffing levels at VA medical centers.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , OSC , MSPB , back pay , whistleblower , suspension , VA Medical Centers , Sean McCalley

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 05:17pm EST
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