President Barack Obama's nominee for deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget told a Senate Committee he's ready to be a "front line leader" for the presidential transition if he gets the job.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wants to get a closer look at how many political appointees the Office of Personnel Management has converted to career employees over the past nine months.
Being on GAO's high-risk list isn't meant to be a life sentence for agencies and programs. The list is a way to encourage agencies to take improvement actions on their own and lead by example.
The Senate left hundreds of amendments on the floor when it passed the defense authorization bill. Federal News Radio takes a look at some of the more interesting ones.
The bills aim to improve coordination within and between agencies, further reduce duplicate efforts and improve availability of information on government grants and data.
The Social Security Administration has a backlog of a million disability cases to process, but the leaders of a Senate oversight subcommittee say the agency's plan to reduce the backlog raises too many red flags about due process.
A group of five senators introduced a bill that would add new incentives for agencies to sell or lease empty and under-used federal property. The Federal Property Management Reform Act also sets stricter requirements for keeping track of federal buildings.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hit Beth Cobert, the nominee to be the permanent director of the Office of Personnel Management, with a wide range of questions at her nomination hearing. But the committee is also looking for more transparency and better communication between OPM and Congress.
Federal wastebooks do make fun reading, and they do manage to portray some of the absurdity that creeps into an organization as vast as the U.S. federal government. My problem is that the effort is froth.
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) continues where his predecessor former Sen. Tom Coburn left off. Lankford identified 100 examples of wasteful and fraudulent federal programs and processes in his first ever wastebook.
Federal retirement benefits don't have legislation in place to protect against fraud. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) tells Francis Rose he plans to address that.
Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) are sponsoring the Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act of 2015. It would protect federal retirees who rely on outside providers to manage their retirement savings and pension benefits. But it's not law yet. And knowing who you can trust can be tricky. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, shared some advice for finding that someone on In Depth with Francis Rose.
Your federal retirement benefits would be safer if the Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act of 2015 becomes law. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) is one of the sponsors along with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.). Lankford is also chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. He explained to In Depth at Francis Rose what the bill will do.
Agencies spend more on contracts in September than any other month of the year, as part of a governmentwide push to spend every last dollar before the fiscal year ends.