Agency Oversight

  • DorobekInsider: Transparency and stimulus – this stuff simply isn’t easy, but it could be powerful

    I had the opportunity to attend a fascinating session Wednesday focusing on transparency and, specifically, the stimulus package — creatively titled “Transparency as a Management Tool.” The session was hosted by the CGI Initiative for…

  • Agencies must deal with Recovery Act stress

    OMB developing data standards to reduce strain on governmentwide systems

  • Analysis: New Border Czar

    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has named Alan Bersin to lead efforts to end illegal immigration from Mexico and end drug violence along the border. With analysis on this appointment is Stewart Verdery,…

  • How the EPA Will Spend Its Stimulus

    The Environmental Protection Agency has more than $7 billion in recovery act funding to award and track. And while they may be on the low end compared to other agencies, EPA must comply with the…

  • Putting Themselves to the Test

    This week, the U.S. Army North is preparing for the worst, at least as far as hurricanes are concerned. Ft. Belvior is hosting a step-by-step hurricane response drill this month that will bring together a…

  • Helping the FHA

    The Federal Housing Authority needs help. That’s according to Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He recently told a Senate appropriations subcommittee that FHA needs additional resources so it can…

  • The Stevens Standard Brings Accountability to Federal Prosecutors

    Long-overdue, corrective action for prosecutorial misconduct is finally happening. Federal judges are getting tough with the Justice Department’s sloppy and, oftentimes, vindictive prosecutions. Judge Emmet Sullivan, who presided over the government’s botched persecution of former…

  • From educator to Marine

    It’s not uncommon to hear of fathers and sons, and even mothers and daughters serving together in the war. Now, a high school principal is serving with some of the students he once taught and…

  • Waiting for Change

    President Obama’s promise for change has attracted many people to work for his administration. But it’s taking longer for many to live out their dream because of a high number of applicants and vacancies in…

  • DorobekInsider.com: Hear the March Federal News Radio’s Book Club – What Would Google Do?

    A few weeks ago, the Federal News Radio Book Club featured Jeff Jarvis’ What Would Google Do? The book is fascinating for many industries — there is a false but growing thought that Google has…

  • Is It Safe?

    Is all tax software created equal? The Government Accountability Office doesn’t think so. They recently published a report, Tax Administration: Many Taxpayers Rely on Tax Software and IRS Needs to Assess Associated Risks, that calls…

  • Pentagon Procurement Changes

    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has called for, “a dramatic change in the way we acquire military equipment.” Gates has also said that he wants to rely less on contractors and more on civilian civil…

  • Changes for Feds in the 2010 Budget

    If the Obama administration plans on making federal employees more than just overhead, it will start to make changes with its submission to Congress of the 2010 budget in less than a month. That is…

  • Fighting the Drug War

    The drug wars in Mexico continue, but now there’s hope. About 6,300 people were murdered in the drug wars there last year and Mexico’s economy is expected to shrink by at least three percent this…