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Charities bristle at OPM's proposed changes to CFC program

The Office of Personnel Management's proposed changes to the Combined Federal Campaign, the annual federal fundraising drive, are getting a frosty reception from local charities. OPM wants to do away with the local volunteer coordinating committees and put in place a set of more centralized regional committees established by OPM. It also wants to require charities to pay an application fee and eliminate cash and check donations in favor of electronic donations. However, some charities say the proposed changes would likely lead to fewer charities joining the program -- and fewer total donations.

Tags: Congress , House , OPM , CFC , Debby Hampton , Mark Lambert , Kal Stein , EarthShare , Ken Berger

Wednesday - 07/10/2013, 07:57pm EDT

DHS' slow progress in centralizing acquisition frustrates Congress

Members of Congress are frustrated at what they see as a failure by the Department of Homeland Security to effectively manage the acquisition practices of its various components, leading to poorly defined requirements and wasted money. But DHS says some of the problems are of Congress' own making.

Tags: DHS , management , acquisition , Congress , CBP , GAO , Coast Guard , Rafael Borras , Jared Serbu

Monday - 09/23/2013, 06:03am EDT
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OPM defends 2007 background check of Navy Yard shooter

The same company that performed National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's background investigation also performed a check of Aaron Alexis, the IT contractor who shot and killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard Monday. The Office of Personnel Management said it believes Alexis' background check was complete and that the Defense Department signed off on the results of the background check.

Tags: background investigation , Mert Miller , Patrick McFarland , USIS , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , Edward Snowden , Claire McCaskill , Navy , Jack Moore

Friday - 09/20/2013, 01:45pm EDT

Budget constraints top IG concerns, new survey reveals

A new survey of the inspector general community says tighter budgets are making it difficult for IGs to do their jobs effectively. Sequestration hasn't help matters either.

Tags: inspector general , AGA , survey , sequestration , furloughs , David Zavada , Kearney & Co. , Michael OConnell , human resources , management , budget

Tuesday - 09/17/2013, 06:04pm EDT
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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
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