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 Congress & oversight

  1. Though DHS struggles with employee morale and leadership gaps, the agency has greatly improved homeland security, said Rep. Michael McCaul. Getty Images

    Can DHS be fixed? Lawmakers divided over agency's future

    Ideas include reorganization, strong oversight, and even moving some DHS agencies to other departments.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  2. Rafael Moure-Eraso is chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an independent federal agency. Courtesy Photo

    President's executive order on contract worker safety will save lives

    The April 8, 2011, scene was horrific: Five workers killed just inside one of a series of bunkers dug hundreds of feet deep into a side of a mountain near Honolulu.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  3. Acting USAID IG Michael G. Carroll has reportedly withdrawn his nomination to take the role permanently. Getty Images

    USAID IG accused of softening critical reports

    Acting IG Michael Carroll has reportedly withdrawn his nomination to take the role permanently.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  4. Sanjeev 'Sonny' Bhagowalia was appointed as the new CIO for the Treasury Department. Colin Kelly/Army Times Publishing Co.

    Hawaii's first CIO joins Treasury

    Sonny Bhagowalia returns to federal life to lead Treasury Department's IT efforts.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  5. 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
  6.  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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
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