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Senator says he wants to probe per diem rates

Concern that feds may be pocketing excess per diem dollars spurs legislator’s interest in review.

DHS names cybersecurity czar

Gregory Garcia will be responsible for coordinating the government’s IT security policies.

Panelists: Threat advisory system too focused on air travel

Warning in response to August plot to bomb planes should have extended to other types of transportation, analyst says.

Customs bureau merges trade activities into new office

Reorganization is aimed at better use of existing resources; will not result in additional trade inspectors.

Senior execs pan performance pay system

Half of respondents to a survey said their agencies are using quota systems to distribute ratings, despite a prohibition.

Panel supports inspector general pay revisions

Special committee weighs options for updating the law governing IG operations.

Finance center to shift data from New Orleans to Denver

Risk of hurricanes prompts permanent relocation of hardware that helps process pay checks for more than 500,000 federal employees.

Missing computer containing sensitive VA data recovered

Federal officials do not think thief was targeting the data, but are checking to make sure no information was compromised.

House passes earmark disclosure rule by comfortable margin

Of the 24 Republicans who voted against the rules change, 22 were appropriators.

Key Democrat discusses priorities for government oversight

Ranking member of House Government Reform Committee says he is “stunned” by waste, fraud and abuse in federal spending.