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Agency that few Americans use draws controversy

For a federal agency that few Americans have ever heard of and almost none will ever use, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) sure can gin up some controversy. Just last week it began compensating people who were improperly fired in 2009 from the anachronistic Office of Cuba Broadcasting. Its election night coverage three weeks ago was […]

IRS inspector general finds up to 30,000 of Lois Lerner’s e-mails

Many of Lois Lerner’s missing e-mails may no longer be missing. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration told several congressional committees on Friday that it has recovered as many as 30,000 of the ex-Internal RevenueShow More Summary

Federal officials issue new code of conduct for police highway seizures

Federal drug enforcement officials have issued a new code of conduct for highway police across the country intended to help curb the number of questionable civil seizures of cash and property from motorists. Senior officials in the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program said they are doing so to remind local and state […]

Rep. Issa calls on Jonathan Gruber and health official to explain Obamacare ‘deceptions’

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wants a top Obama administration health official and one of the brains behind the Affordable Care Act to testify about alleged ‘deceptions’ with the law. Issa on Thursday sent letters to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and MIT […]

DHS chief ‘recommended’ and supports Obama’s immigration actions

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson claimed some of the credit for President Obama’s immigration plans on Thursday, saying in a letter to employees that he “recommended” and supports every aspect of the initiative. During a prime-time address, Obama laid out actions that include administrative relief and work permits for as many as 4 million undocumented immigrants, […]

Audit: IRS not doing enough to prevent conflicts of interest

Dozens of Internal Revenue Service employees have earned money preparing tax filings since 2009 in violation of agency policy, and one pleaded guilty last year to illegally accessing taxpayer data to conduct a private business, according to federal auditors. Show More Summary

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s letter on Obama’s immigration action

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Thursday circulated the following letter about President Obama’s planned immigration action to his department: Tonight, President Obama will announce a series of executive actions to begin to fix our immigration system. The President views these actions as a first step toward the reform of the system, and continues to count […]

Rep. Chaffetz: Fire federal ‘bad apples’

Jason Chaffetz has a quick smile and a relaxed, affable manner. But behind those genial ways is a Glock 23-toting congressman who plans to target federal employees who fail to do their jobs or pay their taxes. Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah, will be chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee when the next […]

Lawmaker: Delayed notification of postal hacking ‘doesn’t fly’

The top Democrat on a House panel this week criticized the U.S. Postal Service for waiting to notify employees that a recent breach of the organization’s computer network had compromised their personal information, saying the agency’s justification for the delay “doesn’t fly.” Rep. Show More Summary

Report: Obama to meet with senior federal executives next month

President Obama plans to meet with senior federal executives early next month, according to a Government Executive report. The gathering will take place on Dec. 9 with Senior Executive Service employees and other senior-level managers across government, with the event open to all qualifying personnel, Government Executive said. Show More Summary

Postal Service almost never denies mail-surveillance requests

The U.S. Postal Service almost never denies requests to track suspects’ mail on behalf of law-enforcement agencies through a controversial surveillance program known for having compliance problems, according to a federal auditor. USPS...Show More Summary

EPA put eight employees on paid leave for four months to four years

The Environmental Protection Agency has paid eight employees more than $1 million to stay home on paid leave, four of them for at least a year and two who are in their fourth year collecting full salaries and benefits while not working. Collectively, the employees were paid not to work for 20,926 hours from January […]

$30 million award to tipster underscores banner year for SEC whistleblower program

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission experienced a banner year with its whistleblower program in fiscal 2014, awarding more tipsters than all previous years combined and issuing a record-setting $30 million to one individual who reported fraud. Show More Summary

Postal Service ‘functioning normally’ after cyber breach, official says in testimony for hearing

The U.S. Postal Service is “functioning normally” after a recent cyber breach that compromised customer and employee data, and the agency has yet to find evidence that hackers used the information for identity theft, according to the agency’s head of digital security. Show More Summary

Homeland Security earns clean audit two years running

For the second straight year, the Department of Homeland Security has achieved a much sought-after clean audit of its financial statements by an independent auditor, department officials said Monday. The audit, by the firm of KPMG, found that DHS’s financial statements were in order, with the auditors certifying that they had “reasonable assurance that what […] board for feds to be revamped, OPM chief promises

The federal government’s personnel chief said Friday that her agency is revamping the much-maligned job board “to make sure it’s just what our applicants need and our hiring managers find helpful.” Katherine Archuleta, director...Show More Summary

Postal Service lost $5.5 billion in 2014 despite more gains in operating revenue

The U.S. Postal Service lost $5.5 billion in fiscal 2014, marking another year of red ink despite a second year of growth in operating revenue and a 9 percent increase in the organization’s shipping-and-packaging business. Operating revenue jumped by $569 million compared with last year, driven by a temporary postage-rate increase and the rise in package deliveries. But […]

Postmaster general to retire in February; first woman poised to take the reins

Postmaster General and U.S. Postal Service chief executive Patrick R. Donahoe announced Friday that he will retire Feb. 1 after a four-year run overseeing dramatic restructuring and cost-cutting as Americans turned from sending letters to communicating via the Internet. Show More Summary

Report: IRS may have lost $168 million with questionable fuel-credit claims

Questionable claims for fuel tax credits years have cost the government about $168 million in recent years because the Internal Revenue Service did not properly examine hundreds of thousands of filings, according to a federal review....Show More Summary

Chaffetz to succeed Issa as House oversight chairman

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Tuesday won a four-way race to succeed Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) next year as chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The GOP’s House Steering Committee selected Chaffetz over Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), John Mica (R-Fla.) and Mike Turner (R-Ohio). “The faith placed in me by my colleagues today is […]

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