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 Congress & oversight

  1. Employees and contractors are not protecting valuable property at GSA HQ, according to the inspector general. Sheila Vemmer/Staff

    It's easy to steal things at GSA HQ, report says

    IG finds lax security for documents and valuables despite ongoing reminders to lock things up.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  2.  Ciaran Griffin / Getty Images

    Agencies must improve payment card security by year end

    President Obama signed an executive order Friday requiring federal agencies to strengthen card and reader security by Jan. 1.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  3. The morale at DHS has historically been low, but the agency is taking measures to improve it, according to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. Rob Curtis/Staff

    DHS employee morale, satisfaction drops again in 2014

    Employees at the Department of Homeland Security are increasingly unhappy about their work environments, career opportunities and their bosses, according to new survey results.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  4. OPM: Cost of feds doing union work on the job tops $157 million

    The cost of federal employees conducting union business while working increased by $1.6 million in fiscal 2012 to $157.2 million, according to a report released by the Office of Personnel Management Oct. 7.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  5. The Department of Veterans Affairs' has begun the firing process for one of its senior procurement officials for allegedly pressuring employees to award FedBid a contract. (VA)

    VA begins firing process for embattled procurement official

    Veterans Affairs deputy secretary Sloan Gibson has proposed firing the official who allegedly pressured employees to award a contract toFedBid.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  6. The Department of Veterans Affairs' inspector general has accused a senior procurement official of numerous ethical breaches. VA

    IG: VA official gamed system to benefit FedBid

    Report alleges deputy chief procurement officer Susan Taylor committed ethical violations including retaliation against another official who froze reverse auctions.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  7. The IG is faulting FEMA for spending too much in the aftermath of floods in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2008. David Greedy / Getty Images

    IG report: FEMA misstep cost agency $12 million

    Audit finds agency replaced buildings it could have repaired.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  8. DHS IG claims reform progress after change in leadership

    The Department of Homeland Security's top watchdog has worked to improve its independence and strengthen its oversight, according to Inspector General John Roth.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  9. Before she became a successful professional comedian and actress, Wanda Sykes worked as a contracting specialist at the National Security Agency. Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

    12 famous people and their not-so-famous careers as federal employees

    From humble beginnings in agencies have come comics, poets and presidents.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  10. The FBI's Sentinel system, despite improvements, still has user-interface weaknesses, IG finds. FBI

    IG: User issues persist with FBI Sentinel project

    Search and indexing functions in particular need improvement, auditor says.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  11. Senate bans background check contractors from reviewing their own work

    Federal background investigation contractors would no longer be able to perform a final review of their own work, under legislation passed by the Senate Sept. 18.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  12. Todd Park is being subpoeneaed by a House subcommittee regarding his earlier testimony about File

    Todd Park summoned to House oversight subcommittee

    Subpoena cites conflicting testimony and failure to provide critical documents on the launch.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  13. Bill revising federal sick-leave rules for disabled vets advances

    Service-disabled veterans who become federal employees would start their careers with paid sick leave available, under legislation passed unanimously by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Sept. 17.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  14. Rep. Darrell Issa is championing a bill to strengthen the IG's office. AFP/Getty Images

    House committee passes bill strengthening IG oversight

    Inspectors general would be able to compel contractors to speak with them or provide information for investigations.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  15. Rep. Elijah Cummings wants to compel the CEO of USIS to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Mike Morones/Staff

    Lawmaker wants to subpoena USIS CEO over security lapses

    CEO Sterling Phillips has been refusing for months to answer written questions about recent high-profile incidents, Rep. Elijah Cummings says.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  16. Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants the Forest Service to step up timber harvesting on the Tongass National Forest. File

    Senator wants Tongass National Forest management retooled

    Timber harvest has met only 16.8 percent of the target amount, causing economic harm, Murkowski says.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
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