Tom Coburn

  • OMB asked to address agency-IG quarrels

    The Inspector General Act gives IGs authority to obtain any information necessary for their investigations, but some agencies are giving IGs a hard time with their requests. Members of Senate and House oversight committees are calling on Shaun Donovan, the recently confirmed director of the Office of Management and Budget, to address the issue.

  • Random audits would close gaps in security clearance process

    The Enhanced Security Clearance Act of 2013 requires the Office of Personnel Management to implement an enhanced security clearance system. Under the system, every security clearance gets two random audits over a five-year time period.

  • DoD gave security clearances to thousands of ‘federal tax cheats’

    About 83,000 Defense Department employees and contractors, who held or were determined eligible for a security clearance, owed more than $730 million in unpaid taxes as of June 2012, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Per GAO’s recommendations, the Office of Personnel Management, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and DoD are now working to include tax-compliance checks to enhance security clearance processes.

  • Senators back OFPP nominee, lambast OMB over communication breakdowns

    Anne Rung, President Obama’s nominee to lead the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, detailed her three major priorities should the Senate confirm her. Lawmakers press Rung on improving communication between OMB and Congress, and how best to deal with the multi-sector workforce.

  • Congressmen demand answers from DHS over new USIS contract

    Two congressional leaders want to know whether USIS’ history was considered when awarding a $190 million Homeland Security Department contract.

  • Lawmakers optimistic about IT reform, cyber improvements

    The nomination of Shaun Donovan to be director of the Office of Management and Budget as well as a variety of bills dealing with federal IT reform and cybersecurity updates crowded the docket of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee business meeting Wednesday.

  • Senate report: VA’s scheduling problems are a symptom of malpractice epidemic

    Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) investigation into Veterans Affairs hospitals reveals widespread manipulation, criminal activity and poor management.

  • Senate’s version of FISMA update cleans up around the cyber edges

    The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members will introduce and markup the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 Wednesday. The bill would require OMB to rescind a major section of Circular A-130 in order to fix long-standing complaints with FISMA’s reauthorization requirements.

  • Inside the Reporter’s Notebook: DATA Act is law, IT, acquisition A-11 changes

    In this edition of Inside the Reporter’s Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities. Senate lawmakers prepare to mark-up IT reform bill next week. CIO’s spend time at camp where OMB and others emphasize the word of the year: effectiveness.

  • OMB nominee Donovan promises to build on predecessor’s success, progress

    HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that connecting the management side with the budget side would better ensure financial and programmatic successes. Lawmakers pressed Donovan on his commitment to implement the DATA Act and reduce duplicative programs.