Oversight

'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.

Civil rights groups over block diversity training order

"Regardless of whatever dates or deadlines are in the executive order, the chilling effect is happening now," an attorney involved the case said.

VA taps CARES Act funds for IT

The Veterans Benefits Administration at the Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to reprogram about $250 million in COVID-19 emergency funding to modernize its troubled education benefits system.

GAO stands by finding that top DHS appointments were illegal

The Government Accountability Office is sticking to its guns on its legal opinion that states that top officials at the Department Homeland Security were elevated in violation of federal law.

DHS slams assertions that leaders were illegally appointed

The agency's top lawyer argued that a Government Accountability Office legal opinion was flawed and politically motivated.

IGs look to curb reprisals against whistleblowers

The Trump impeachment and trial put whistleblowers in the public eye, but behind the headlines, officials say, agency whistleblowers are subject to reprisal.