Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has echoed the sentiment of President Donald Trump on the possibility of a government shutdown this week.
It’s unclear exactly when Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz will leave office, but his departure as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committees opens the door to a variety of new candidates, who have the opportunity to shift the committee’s focus back to issues of federal and financial management and government efficiency.
Congress is once again examining the results of the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Lawmakers said they’re encouraged by the progress the Homeland Security Department has made, despite its continued last-place ranking.
The Office of Personnel Management recently released a long-awaited report on official time for fiscal 2014. It found agencies used slightly more official time that year than fiscal 2012, the last time OPM completed a governmentwide report on the topic. The report’s release comes as Congress looks to limit federal employees’ official time use.
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.
Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member of the committee, wrote separate letters to NARA and the White House about ensuring records are managed properly.
A recent Government Accountability Office report on the Veterans Affairs Department and its employees’ use of official time is renewing a debate among lawmakers: Does official time have a place within agency operations, and how much time is too much?
The Government Accountability Office added three new areas to its biennial High-Risk list this year. It also removed one government initiative from the list. The 2020 Census is a new concern for GAO, which said the bureau’s technology plans, budget and timeline are at risk.
The House Oversight and Government Reform and Homeland Security committees released oversight plans for the 115th Congress, both of which included cybersecurity and IT modernization.
Three prominent Republican lawmakers wrote to White House General Counsel Donald McGahn, asking that the Trump administration clear up any confusion that new agency communications directives may caused among federal employees about their whistleblower protection rights.
IT leaders at the Office of Personnel Management say the agency has one major database left to encrypt, which contains some high-value assets and personally identifiable information for security clearance holders and federal employees.
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.
A provision in the 2017 National Defense Authorization creates new categories of administrative leave: “investigative” or “notice” leave. Employees under an adverse personnel action investigation may stay on leave for 10 work days.
John Hancock Life & Health Insurance Company, OPM’s provider for the Federal Long Term Care Program, said “a confluence of factors” led to the sudden and drastic increases in premiums for 2017.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked the Government Accountability Office to review potential conflicts of interest, possible violations of security protocol and issues of transparency and logistics of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition. Meanwhile, two other lawmakers are once again raising concerns about the potential for political appointees to “burrow in” to career positions.