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 Congress & oversight

  1. The VA's 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Union calls on Congress to restore DoD employee appeal rights

    Employees disqualified from holding sensitive but unclassified postions currently have no recourse to the MSPB.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  13. OPM: Fallen federal employees to be honored with flag

    Federal employees who lose their lives on the job will now be honored with a flag given to their beneficiaries, according to regulations finalized today by the Office of Personnel Management.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  14. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-N.V., has signed on to an effort to halt Postal Service plant closures. Getty Images

    Senate leader joins effort to halt Postal Service closures, job cuts

    Lawmakers pressing to stop the Postal Service from closing processing plants and cutting thousands of jobs have received a powerful endorsement, according to a postal union.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  15. Sens. Carl Levin (right) and John McCain are chariman and ranking minority member, respectively, of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

    Senate subcommittee: No political bias in IRS targeting

    Tax office used 'inappropriate criteria' in targeting Tea Party groups.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  16. Rep. Darrell Issa is targeting the Labor Department in his latest inquiry into 'frivolous' spending. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

    Issa demands information on 'frivolous' Labor Department spending

    Elevator posters and a book club raise lawmaker's eyebrows.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
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