waste, fraud and abuse

  • Protecting Federal Whistleblowers

    There’s a new push to improve protections for federal workers who speak out on issues of waste, fraud and abuse in their agencies. Earlier today, a whistleblower advocacy group began a week of lobbying on…

  • Blaul: waste, fraud, abuse cuts can save real money

    Equifax SVP sees huge savings for agencies and taxpayers.

  • ‘More intense’ high-risk oversight planned

    GAO’s biannual list includes 30 programs that are in trouble. House and Senate members promise to focus more of their attention on the initiatives most at risk. Members plan to use the model that worked for DoD and personnel security clearances in other problematic areas.

  • Agency accountants fight fraud in government

    AGA President Relmond Van Daniker joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss the conference, the intersection of fraud and technology and how federal managers can also benefit from better fraud-detection efforts.

  • Tangherlini aims to restore confidence in GSA

    The new acting administrator of the General Services Administration has written to agency employees telling them not to allow the mistakes of a few affect the achievement of their goals. Tangherlini, who formerly served as the chief financial officer of the Treasury Department, said GSA will “redouble” its efforts to the core values of delivering efficient and effective services. GSA chief Martha Johnson resigned Monday and two of her top deputies were fired following the release of an inspector general’s report detailing excessive spending at an October 2010 regional training conference.

  • Rep. Mica: IG report is ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ of problems at GSA

    The chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said he will hold a hearing when Congress returns from recess on the scathing IG report and other shortcoming at GSA’s Public Building Service. Scott Amey of POGO said the management failures at GSA show a systemic problem.

  • Beef jerky, reality shows, beer: Coburn tells DoD to cut it all out

    A new report, called the Department of Everything, says DoD spending over the next 10 years will total almost $68 billion on non- military goods and services. Some recent examples include a smartphone app to help military members manage their caffeine intake and the sponsorship of a workshop by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency called the 100 Year Starship project, which included a session called, “Did Jesus die for Klingons too?”

  • Werfel: Gov’t avoids $47B in overpayments

    OMB Controller Danny Werfel announced Wednesday the federal government avoided paying out $47 billion in overpayments over the last three years. This missed President Barack Obama’s goal of reducing improper payments by $50 billion by the end of FY2012.

  • Army identifies up to $100 million in fraud in recruiting payments

    The Army’s audit arm finds huge accountability holes in a years-long program that recruited 130,000 soldiers. The program most likely violated federal law from the get-go, officials say.

  • SSA agrees to let overpayments slide for victims of fraud

    Social Security’s inspector general revealed beneficiaries being unfairly charged due to unauthorized account changes. SSA will make policy changes to not hold beneficiaries liable for penalties due to fraudsters stealing or taking their payments without authorization.