Senior executives rarely face criminal charges for fraudulent travel expenses like the ones a former General Services Administration official was indicted on last Thursday, a former Air Force deputy general counsel said. Normally an agency will quietly ask the executive to pay back what it owes the government, but the DOJ won't use its resources to pursue criminal charges, said Cheri Cannon, who worked as the Air Forces' deputy general counsel for fiscal, ethics and administrative law until January.
The Bureau of Prisons isn't doing enough to reduce its costs related to salaries and benefits of its correctional officers, a Sept. 30 Government Accountability Office report says. But it's hands are tied by legislative inaction in some instances. BOP is responsible for the custody and care of 216,000 federal inmates. That's nine times more inmates than BOP had in 1980, the report says.
By 2020, the federal chief information officer's role will look very different from today, said federal CIOs speaking at an ACT-IAC event Sept. 30, emphasizing a greater focus on soft skills, not just technical know-how.
An internal investigation found that the Securities and Exchange Commission must take more action to better track agency-issued laptop computers. The inspector general said that the Office of Information Technology's inventory failed to include current locations of machines from an operations center that closed last year.
A federal certification program, which establishes general training, experience, development and best practices for contracting officer's representatives, isn't being applied consistently, potentially leaving them without the necessary skills, abilities and competencies to do their jobs, a recent audit found.
A Veteran's Health Administration procurement executive pressured employees and worked the acquisition system to award FedBid contracts for reverse-auctions, a Sept. 26 Veteran's Affairs Department inspector general report says. The report (pdf) says Susan Taylor, VHA's deputy chief procurement officer, in 2010 pressured staff repeatedly in emails to speed up the acquisition process and pick FedBid- a Vienna, Va. based reverse auction vendor- for the reverse auction contracts.
The postal service lost revenue in 2012 and 2013 due to reduced spending from commercial customers – a segment making up 71 percent of USPS's customer base. The magnitude of the problem has a "significant impact" on the postal service's revenue and financial outlook, says the office of inspector general.
Federal agencies report more than $3.3 billion in total planned savings since the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative launched four years ago, but the program hasn't produced impressive savings for every agency.
Congressional investigators found that the Homeland Security Department's office of inspector general is taking positive steps to improve an image tarnished by former Acting Inspector General Charles Edwards, but it can do more to address concerns about the integrity and independence of its office.
The Veterans Affairs Department says it's resolved three claims of whistleblower retaliation in a Sept. 29 statement. The VA worked with the Office of Special Counsel to settle the complaints, the statement says. Based on the validity of their claims of retaliation, each whistleblower settled their complaint with VA and two have accepted new positions within the agency.