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VA slammed by GAO and IG for inability to effectively oversee veterans' healthcare systems

The Government Accountability Office placed the Veterans Affairs Department's healthcare system on a list of high-risk programs for 2015, saying at an April 29 Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing that the agency needs to address inadequate oversight and ambiguous policies.

OMB issues draft FITARA guidance that significantly broadens power, role of federal CIOs

OMB laid out its plan for implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, which gives CIOs a greater role in IT program governance, personnel processes and improves the transparency into IT investments.

GAO: States may have to rethink funding approaches as disasters become more common, costly

The Government Accountability Office didn't provide any recommendations in its report, but made several observations based on a review of 10 selected states.

USPS allows real estate contractor to work both sides of the deal, IG says

The Postal Service is allowing the contractor that runs its real estate management services to collect money from the agency as well as collect commission from the land owners, which the USPS inspector general says is a conflict of interest.

UPDATED- FirstNet needs to fully assess risks, address costs and develop ethical standards, GAO says

The report said that the entity, known as FirstNet, has taken several steps to establish its organizational structure, planning the communications network and consulting with stakeholders, but could face challenges in these areas.

DOE could lose millions of dollars on defaulted loans and loan guarantees, finds GAO

Five renewable and innovative energy programs have defaulted on Energy Department loans, leaving the government vulnerable to millions of dollars in losses, says an April 27 Government Accountability Office report.

Declining First Class Mail volume poses major challenge to cash-strapped agency, says USPS OIG

A decline in First Class Mail volume poses a major financial challenge to the Postal Service, says an April 27 USPS inspector general report. 

OSC: VA hospital switched out antipsychotic drugs to save money

The Office of Special Counsel confirmed whistleblower claims April 22 that a Veterans Affairs Department medical center in West Virginia substituted mental health medication with less expensive drugs to cut costs.

UPDATED- GSA IG: Contractors had access to personal data without required training, background checks

Federal contractors without background checks, non-disclosure agreements or required privacy training were able to access sensitive data from Army childcare subsidy payment applications that they were hired to process.

Former senator says he was 'discouraged' by government response to U.S. Ebola cases

Although the position of assistant secretary for preparedness and response has been established to coordinate these types of scenarios, Jim Talent said he didn't see that person during this Ebola event.