Jason Chaffetz

  • OPM addresses widespread ‘burrowing in’ concerns

    The Office of Personnel Management wants to make sure political appointees hired during the current administration don’t have an unfair advantage getting career jobs in the next administration.

  • Lawmakers press White House to submit FISMA report

    Leadership of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wants to know why the White House has yet to meet its obligations under a major information security law.

  • Metro under microscope as House Committee investigates oversight

    Federal employees responded to a Federal News Radio survey critiquing agencies’ responses to the SafeTrack program, as lawmakers question which Department of Transportation component should be in charge of Metro safety oversight.

  • Congress presses agencies on ‘burrowing in,’ as Trump suggests he has solution

    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sent letters to 23 agencies asking for details about the number of political appointees they’ve converted to career federal employees. Meanwhile, the topic of “burrowing in” is gaining special attention from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

  • New bill gives agencies more options to hire new talent

    In today’s Top Federal headlines, a new bill gives agencies more options to hire new talent, and another major IT contract is stalled by protests.

  • 5 bills House lawmakers wanted to act on before summer break

    The House Oversight and Government Reform committee passed a series of bills during a July 12 markup hearing aimed at improving and reforming digital record-keeping practices and making federal agencies and oversight more efficient and accessible.

  • 3 things you may have missed from Congress this week

    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.

  • Time to ‘push the envelope’ for Postal Service reform

    Members of the House Oversight Committee unveiled draft legislation to reform the Postal Service. The agency is struggling to keep up with Congressional funding mandates as well as shifting volumes of mail.

  • SES bonuses coming under scrutiny once again

    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) wants information from Office of Personnel Management acting Director Beth Cobert about SES members getting multiple performance bonuses in the same fiscal year.

  • ‘Complexity’ of 2020 census redesign raises red flags

    The Census Bureau is gearing up for the 2020 count. Bureau officials say they’re hitting milestones thanks to recent software decisions and the hiring of certain IT personnel. But federal auditors say they’ve found flaws in the bureau’s preparation.