Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Howard Shelanski defended his office against claims from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members that OIRA doesn't do enough to communicate with other agencies and with the general public.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee questioned the administration on its new federal security clearance reform plan. Members of the committee wanted further details about the Office of Personnel Management's role in the new process, as well as the timeline, funding, and the authorities that DoD would have under the National Background Investigations Bureau.
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is acting on his threat to block the nomination of Beth Cobert to lead the Office of Personnel Management, as he seeks answers in his investigation of Congress’ health plan.
Give Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he'll agree that in some jobs, feds do earn less than their private sector counterparts.
Donna Seymour is stepping down after about two years of service. She was scheduled to appear before a House oversight committee on Feb. 24 to discuss the ongoing ways OPM is addressing the massive data breach.
In a slew of letters addressed to 26 agency leaders, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Subcommittee on Governmental Operations Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) want to know how many government employees carry out official time functions during the workday.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members criticized IRS leaders Wednesday for the agency’s inability to preserve its employees’ emails.
Though nominee Beth Cobert passed the first step in becoming the Office of Personnel Management's permanent director, she could face problems as her nomination moves toward a full Senate vote. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he's concerned by OPM's lack of response to two congressional requests for information.
Other agency CIOs should take notice for how House lawmakers focused on the $250,000 paid to the Education Department CIO despite what they call poor overall performance, most specifically around cybersecurity.
At a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Wednesday, members and witnesses grilled the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for relaying inaccurate information to EPA officials, but also laid blame on the EPA for failing to investigate more closely once signs of misconduct became clear.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members took Education Department’s acting Secretary John King and chief information officer Danny Harris to task for systemic cybersecurity problems, and what some say is a lack of accountability for past behaviors.
The National Background Investigations Bureau will have its own director, who will report to the Office of Personnel Management. The administration says it doesn't have a specific timeline for implementing the new security clearance program or standing up the new agency, but changes will come in incremental stages.
Some federal employee groups and committee Democrats are taking issue with a series of bills under consideration at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The legislation largely targets accountability issues among Senior Executives and career appointees.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will soon consider at least three separate bills on punishments for the Senior Executive Service and career appointees accused of misconduct or poor performance.