Oversight

VA official has 'deep concerns' about agency's EHR deployment

But leadership at the agency pushed back against projected cost overruns and delays moving forward.

Former watchdog has ideas on dealing with poorly performing IGs

The former acting Pentagon inspector general asks, “Who is watching the watchdogs?” Proposed solutions include possibly imposing term limits on IGs, making it mandatory that presidents specify reasons for their removal and others.

Senate passes bill to root out conflicts of interest in federal contracting

The Preventing Organizational Conflicts of Interest in Federal Acquisition Act sets new disclosure requirements and expands authorities for federal contracting officers. 

CDC has guidance on masks for federal workforce

The White House-led Safer Federal Workforce Task Force is incorporating recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates on COVID protocols into their guidance for agencies looking to accommodate vaccinated workers.

'Uncertainty' may undermine CBP's enforcement of social media policy, OIG says

The Office of Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security found divisions among senior Customs and Border Protection officials about the agency's social media posting policies.

What is TSA's role in pipeline security?

Questions about whether TSA is rightly positioned to oversee cybersecurity for natural gas and oil pipelines are resurfacing in the wake of the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline.

IG says DOD should update emergency response plans to accommodate telework

Each component should also update its plan "to include revised assumptions regarding telework for personnel and the resources required to support the teleworking workforce," the IG wrote in an April 1 report.

Sunshine Week bills includes automating Plum Book

Among the current crop of "Sunshine Week" bills are measures to continually update the Plum Book of federal appointments and to require the president to establish records management controls to store electronic messages in a way that they can later be searched and retrieved.

Study looks into rebuilding OPM

A congressionally mandated study from the National Academy for Public Administration asks lawmakers and the executive branch to help create the conditions for the Office of Personnel Management to fulfill its purpose as a strategic human capital advisor to federal agencies.

IG warns of security risks due to pandemic hiring measures at VA

Temporary waivers to speed hiring at VA medical facilities have helped fill workforce gaps, but the agency's Inspector General warns on security risks of putting off certain security checks.

IG memo: Billions went to fraudulent unemployment claims in 2020

Fraudulent unemployment benefit claims since March could end up costing tens of billions of dollars, the memo says.

Lawmakers seek direct vaccine allocations for D.C.-area feds

A group of Capital region Democrats want the Office of Personnel Management and the Centers for Disease Control to make the inoculation of federal employees a federal process.

FLRA defends union fee rule

The Federal Labor Relations Authority is defending a 2020 rule in a union lawsuit – a rule opposed by the official now temporarily in charge of the agency.

Paid family and medical leave bill moves to House

House Democrats are looking to extend federal employee benefits with new legislation.

GAO: IT workforce diversity growing, but still below expectations

Although steps have been taken to address workforce diversity, a recent report underscored gaps in strategic planning among intelligence community elements.

GAO report finds minority women still face pay disparity in gov’t

Incomplete data on promotion by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission limit the ability of agencies to ensure equal opportunity for promotions across gender, race and ethnicity, the report says.