Members of the inspectors general community say they are worried about the federal hiring freeze and what it could mean for OIGs efforts to combat waste, fraud and abuse.
David Shulkin, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Veterans Affairs Department, earned high praise from the Senate committee during his nomination hearing. Changing the department’s current Veterans Choice Program and crafting new accountability and disciplinary procedures for VA employees were common topics.
Bill Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center and the National Counterintelligence Executive, said the lead agencies reforming the security clearance process made subtle, but important changes to how investigators check employees’ backgrounds.
President Trump’s pick to head the Air Force is highly qualified, but some experts think her business connections are dubious.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) offered his first insights into his management ideas during his two-committee marathon nomination hearings to be the next director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Linda McMahon, President Donald Trump’s pick for Small Business Administration leader, received bipartisan support during her confirmation hearing. McMahon promised to be an advocate for small businesses struggling to work with government agencies.
Two Democrat Senators sent their second letter to the General Services Administration asking how they are going to deal with the “violation” of the terms of the Trump Hotel lease.
Sources say Emily Murphy and Joshua Steinman could be in line for high-profile positions in the Trump administration.
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub are meeting on Monday to talk about recent comments about President-elect Trump and conflicts of interest.
Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics, wrote to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, calling for transparency and public education to the ensure citizens know how his agency oversees and guards against executive branch ethics issues.
The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has called for more scrutiny of the Office of Government Ethics for its critical stance on President-elect Donald Trump’s potential conflicts of interest prior to taking office.
Just hours after the conclusion of James Mattis’ confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of Defense, a broad bipartisan majority of 81 senators voted Thursday to make an exception from the seven-year cooling off period for military officers and allow him to become the department’s top civilian leader.
The Government Accountability Office issued its 2016 report on federal financial management and once again can’t offer an opinion because of incomplete data from DoD, HUD and NSF.
Congress’ two defense policy committees were set to meet Thursday to consider whether retired Gen. James Mattis should be the next secretary of Defense, something both houses of Congress will have to approve since his confirmation would require the suspension of a federal law that demands military officers be out of uniform for seven years before they become the military’s civilian boss.
Gen. John Kelly, the President-elect’s pick to be the Homeland Security Department’s new secretary, said he recognizes DHS’ immense challenges and plans to study up on the previous administration’s attempts at management reform.