Friday federal headlines — December 25, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on the Federal Drive.

  • House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz says DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson needs to be investigated. Chaffetz tells CNN there is a deep-seeded cultural problem at the Secret Service that leads to incidents like the recent theft of an agent’s gun and gear near headquarters earlier this week. He said the questions need to go to the secretary and even the President. (House Oversight)
  • The General Services Administration says it will be using new rates next year for federal workers who use their own vehicles on the job following the IRS’ new mileage rates for operating a vehicle for business purposes. The rate per mile for using a privately owned car will drop from 57.5 cents per mile to 54 cents per mile starting Jan. 1, a 6 percent decrease. (GSA)
  • The Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General are in disagreement over a new report from the IG’s office regarding a November 2011 shooting incident near the White House. The report found the Secret Service’s failure to conduct an after action review of the incident was a missed opportunity to learn from mistakes and potentially save millions of dollars. A written response from Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy though says the report was outdated and offered nothing new by way of conclusions and recommendations. DHS auditors say they stand by the report. (DHS OIG)