Topic:

Oversight

Latest Headlines

Latest Headlines

DoD leaves $3 million facility unused in Afghanistan

A nearly $3 million facility the United States built in Afghanistan for local farmers has sat unused for the last year despite interest from locals in leasing it, says a July 21 Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction report. The project, developed by the Defense Department's Task Force for Business and Stability Operations is at risk of failing, the report says, because the DoD didn't identify an investor to take ownership before construction began.

Research, regulatory and workforce planning activities in SBA office need improvement, GAO says

A federal office created to be an "independent voice" for small businesses within the government needs to strengthen its research, regulatory and workforce planning activities to better serve that community, congressional investigators said.

IG: NASA spending too much on facility's O&M costs rather than on software testing

NASA is spending more money than it should to maintain one of its software verification and validation facilities, leaving less funding to evaluate the software, a report by the space agency's inspector general found.

DOJ alleges Symantec submitted false claims on software contract

The Justice Department said July 22 that it has intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit against Symantec Corp., alleging the company "knowingly" submitted false claims on a General Services Administration software contract that involved hundreds of millions of dollars.

FCC needs more transparency, accountability in program providing rural telecom service, GAO says

Although the Federal Communications Commission has begun making funding reforms to a program to support both telephone and broadband service in rural areas, congressional investigators said the agency needs to do a better job in collecting and analyzing data to gauge the program's effectiveness.

Gallup: Only 15 percent of Americans approve of Congress

While only 15 percent of Americans say they approve of Congress, it's a jump from last year's record low of 9 percent, a recent Gallup poll finds. The July 15 poll of 1,013 adults from July 1-10 is virtually unchanged from the 16-percent approval recorded in the prior month. The margin of sampling error for the poll is 4 percentage points.

IG: USPS should offer expanded services for e-commerce

The Postal Service needs a better plan to take advantage of the e-commerce boom by offering expanded services to businesses and consumers shipping packages, a July 21 USPS inspector general report says.

IG: US Postal Service needs to step up measures in reducing undeliverable mail

Of the more than 158 billion mailpieces it processed in fiscal 2013, about 6.8 billion, or 4.3 percent, were so-called "undeliverable as addressed," or UAA. Reasons include incorrect or illegible addresses or people moving, according to the USPS inspector general audit released July 14.

GAO finds some security weaknesses within Fiscal Service's information systems

A review of a bureau's information systems within the Treasury Department found a "signficant deficiency" in security measures over financial reporting, a Government Accountability Office report released July 18.

Cities, feds grapple with inadequate border-crossing infrastructure

Port of entry infrastructure along the U.S. borders has struggled to keep up with the needs of cross-border trade and travelers, lawmakers and federal officials testing during a House hearing.