Oversight

A new bill seeks to prevent the Secret Service from withholding records from its watchdog

“While I share the concerns of my colleagues about the actions of the current inspector general, it is also clear the Secret Service tried to impede the inspector general’s investigation into the events of Jan. 6,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.

Senate passes bill to root out conflicts of interest in federal contracting

The Preventing Organizational Conflicts of Interest in Federal Acquisition Act sets new disclosure requirements and expands authorities for federal contracting officers. 

Lawmakers float FITARA changes as scores get dragged down by missing data 

The cyber scores were unreliable due to incomplete data, witnesses told lawmakers.

GAO offers options for improving U.S. semiconductor supply

The prioritization of semiconductor goals—such as protecting national security or improving economic competition—determine which option will prove most important.

Top Republican to 'seriously consider pulling the plug' on VA's new EHR system

The ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee plans to introduce legislation before the end of the year to address deficiencies in the rollout of the new Oracle-Cerner electronic health record system.

FITARA 14 sees just one overall A and stagnant grades

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecard did reveal continued struggles in the cybersecurity and Networx transition. 

Airport facial recognition is improving, DHS watchdog says

Customs and Border Protection removed officers’ abilities to override mismatches for facial recognition technology as part of a bid to improve its facial biometric program, according to a new Inspector General report.

The Pentagon should keep better tabs on IT cybersecurity, supply chain risks, GAO says

The findings come as the Defense Department continues to increase its investment in information technology and cybersecurity year over year—a trend that could likely mean more scrutiny.

DHS is making ‘significant reforms’ to the employee discipline process

This comes after an outside oversight group alleged wrongdoing in the inspector general office, which the IG contests.

Pandemic response watchdogs urge agencies to focus on ID theft

Federal agencies need to contend with outdated tech, identity proofing and data issues while also helping identity fraud victims, inspectors general told a House panel on Tuesday.

More reality checks could help keep DOD programs on time and on budget, GAO says

The Pentagon has long espoused “knowledge-based acquisition,” but doesn’t insist on it.

$756M still left in TMF, but not for long

The administration plans to exhaust the $1 billion addition to the Technology Modernization Fund made under last year’s American Rescue Plan Act by the end of the current fiscal year.

DOD isn't meeting some of the cybersecurity standards it set for contractors

A recent Government Accountability Office report highlighted that the Defense Department wasn't meeting all of the requirements it sets for contractors when it comes to protecting sensitive, unclassified information.

DHS manipulated report on Russian election interference during the Trump administration, watchdog says

A 2020 report to state and local governments was delayed and altered, a new IG report finds.

Report finds identity fraud up 167% in USPS change of address requests

The USPS Office of the Inspector General recommends stricter identity verification controls online, while management disagrees.

Jury: Former DHS watchdog official stole software, employees’ personal info

The verdict is in for the last holdout in a scandalous scheme to defraud the government.

There's no final number yet for pandemic fraud, oversight leaders tell Congress

Total fraud levels in pandemic relief programs are upwards of $100 billion, but getting a clear estimate is made difficult by data gaps and ongoing fraud recovery efforts, officials said at a Senate hearing.