"The federal government is not able to demonstrate the reliability of significant portions" of its consolidated financial statements for the last two years, the GAO says in a Feb. 27 report, citing material weaknesses in internal controls.
Federal employees unions criticized President Obama's fiscal 2015 proposed 1 percent pay increase for civilian employees, calling it a "disgrace."
The National Security Agency might scale back its storage of phone call data, NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander suggested during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Feb. 27. While he did not go into detail about this alternative, only storing data that is "predicated on a terrorist communication" would be a departure for the Obama administration, which has defended bulk collection as a necessary practice.
Auditors say the Federal Aviation Administration's enterprise architecture is limited as a strategic planning tool guiding air traffic control modernization efforts known as NextGen.
The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs lack credibility when they say their separate pursuit of electronic health record systems modernization is cheaper than a single EHR would have been, says the Government Accountability Office. A Feb. 27 report from the legislative watchdog also shows how promises of close cooperation in health IT the two departments made during the termination of a program to develop a joint system have been significantly undermined.
A Veteran's Affairs Department official told a House panel Feb. 26 that the agency didn't dump medical records at the agency's Los Angeles medical center in 2009 to cover up a backlog of work. Rather, the purge was part of planned administrative work to close out old cases.
"They're very polite to me, but every now and again when they're not so polite, the term 'hypocrite' gets into the discussion," Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, the SOUTHCOM commander, told the House Armed Services Committee.
Defense Department officials say the Defense Health Agency, which DoD stood up in October 2013 to streamline and centralize the military health system, is already realizing cost savings. But the Government Accountability Office says the department's numbers are fuzzy because it has no clear method for monitoring implementation costs.
Los Angeles and Miami had established their own practices separate from ICE's agencywide guidance on whether to issue warnings or fines. For example, personnel at the Miami office told auditors that "when deciding whether to issue a warning or a fine, they considered the viability of the business and the character of the owners."
Auditors at HUD say poor staff advice is to blame for a former deputy secretary's violation of anti-lobbying laws in 2013. Former HUD Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones, who now heads up Virginia's Commerce and Trade Department, sent in 2012 an email urging its approximately 1,000 recipients to contact Republican senators over their upcoming vote on a HUD appropriations bill.