The federal inspectors general community has an opportunity, as the federal hiring freeze and other resources continue to tighten, to share administrative and mission areas services.
Official time has been a hot topic for House lawmakers this week. A new bill would limit official time for all employees at the Veterans Affairs Department and would set special limits for doctors and other workers involved in direct patient care.
GAO Comptroller Gene Dodaro told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin that the agency’s seen significant progress in getting troubled federal projects off its High-Risk List.
Since Michael Missal took over as inspector general at the Veterans Affairs Department about a year ago, his office has turned up some improvements, some deteriorations and the odd surprise.
At NASA, no less than for other large organizations, operational technology systems such as rocket propulsion controls or air conditioning are becoming more automated. That means they’re on the IT network, which could face potential new cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Laura Nicolosi, director of mission support at the NASA office of inspector general, shares more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
If the 114th Congress was about dissecting the Veterans Affairs Department’s challenges, then the 115th Congress will act quickly to solve them, leadership on the House Veterans Affairs Committee said.
The Homeland Security Department’s aerial border surveillance needs a little management attention. The Government Accountability Office says Customs and Border Protection needs to better assess how effective these tools are. Rebecca Gambler, GAO’s director of homeland security and justice issues, fills in the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Some advocates of the House Veterans Affairs Committee’s new employee accountability bill say it’s different enough from previous attempts to tackle this issue and should assuage past concerns. But others fear the legislation revives familiar worries.
The House Small Business Committee says it will be focusing this fiscal year on program oversight, improved management, and reducing duplicative efforts.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to recuse himself from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election
The Defense Department started deployment of its new electronic health record — a major milestone last week in the $4.3 billion program known as MHS Genesis.
The Trump administration’s plan to reduce non-defense discretionary spending by 10 percent means civilian agencies will need to look at programs and personnel, not just for this year, but for the long-term. Some fiscal observers says it’s time to consider budget process reform.
An extension and then redesign of the Veterans Choice Program, along with new employee accountability legislation, are top priorities for new Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. He said he’s working with Congress on new legislation to support those initiatives.
Last year, after a long gap, the Veterans Affairs Department got a permanent inspector general. Federal Drive with Tom Temin interviews the VA’s new IG, Michael Missal, about the Veterans Choice Act and how the department responded when Congress updated it.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling on agencies to create regulatory reform task forces. The task forces will investigate how to “eliminate red tape” and regularly report back on progress to their respective agencies.