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FAA safety oversight of aircraft repairs faulted

The Federal Aviation Administration's supposedly risk-based safety inspection system "falls short of being truly risk-based," especially for foreign repair stations, a report by the inspector general said.

Tags: FAA , Transportation Department , inspector general

Monday - 05/06/2013, 09:10pm EDT

Lawmakers take on legislative process in fight against duplicative programs

Two senators from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee want to change Senate rules in an attempt to make sure new federal programs or initiatives in proposed legislation don't overlap with existing efforts. Earlier this month, two House members introduced a measure that would require House committees of jurisdiction to hold oversight hearings on an annual report from the Government Accountability Office detailing government duplication.

Tags: budget , Congress , House , Senate , Tom Coburn , Gary Peters , Cory Gardner , duplication , GAO , Jack Moore

Monday - 04/29/2013, 06:31pm EDT

Recovery Board opens next frontier in financial accountability

Pundits may question whether Congress should have approved $804 billion in stimulus money via the Recovery Act of 2009. But many in government have come to realize that the independent agency charged with overseeing how that money was spent -- the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board -- has a lot to teach financial managers about ensuring transparency and rooting out waste in government spending.

Tags: Recovery Act , RAT Board , Earl Devaney , Kathleen Tighe , Danny Werfel , Michael Wood , Transparency , technology , financial accountability , financial management , Rise of the Money People , Michael OConnell , OMB ,

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 02:25pm EDT
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Congress urged to drop online financial reporting for senior execs

A new report says a law requiring the online posting of senior federal executives' financial information would likely impinge on employees' privacy and wouldn't do much to deter conflicts of interest. The National Academy of Public Administration was tasked by Congress with studying the STOCK Act short for "Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge" in response to concerns about privacy and identify theft.

Tags: NAPA , STOCK Act , management , insider trading , financial disclosure , Congress , workforce , SES , Jack Moore

Thursday - 03/28/2013, 02:37pm EDT
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Court ruling could tie OSC's hands when it comes whistleblowers

The Office of Special Counsel is "deeply concerned" about the implications of a federal court ruling that stripped low-level Defense Department employees of their ability to appeal suspensions and demotions outside the agency. OSC, which filed an amicus brief earlier this month with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, is worried the ruling could have a chilling effect on whistleblowers.

Tags: workforce , MSPB , OSC , whistleblower , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore

Monday - 03/25/2013, 06:31pm EDT
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IRS calls 'Star Trek' parody video a mistake

A parody of the TV show "Star Trek" filmed by Internal Revenue Service employees at an agency studio in Maryland got a rebuke from Congress for wasting taxpayer dollars.

Tags: IRS

Sunday - 03/24/2013, 09:30am EDT

US citing security to censor more public records

Tags: CIA , FOIA , Transparency , DHS , management ,

Tuesday - 03/12/2013, 03:28am EDT

Issa asks agencies for alternative sequestration cuts

The chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee wrote to 17 agencies requesting short-term ways to achieve savings instead of the across-the-board cuts expected to start today.

Tags: management , budget , sequestration , Darrell Issa , Transportation , Education , Jason Miller

Friday - 03/01/2013, 06:33pm EST

As sequestration cuts loom, unimplemented IG recommendations could save billions

Over the past few years, unimplemented agency inspector general recommendations that could potentially save the government billions of dollars have piled up. Now, with $85 billion in automatic budget cuts kicking in, lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are telling agencies there's no excuse for them to further delay implementing the cost-saving measures and best practices identified by their IGs.

Tags: House , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , sequestration , Darrell Issa , Kathleen Tighe , Education , IG vacancies

Tuesday - 03/05/2013, 08:18pm EST
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