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Senators explore federal finances at sparsely attended hearing

Freshman Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is stunned to learn that agencies regularly fail financial audits without serious consequences.

Lawmakers weigh in on GAO unionization effort

Agency chief assures legislators that he respects the right of certain employees to organize.

CBO says budget won't quite balance by fiscal 2012

Office’s figure is about $70 billion lower than the White House's estimate of a $61 billion surplus at the end of the five-year budget window.

Nuclear security employees to try pay-for-performance

More than 2,000 employees are slated to participate in a demonstration project at the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Lawmaker urges higher pay, bonuses for acquisition workers

Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., says “all bets are off” regarding the administration’s management agenda in the next two years.

DHS lacks timetable for monitoring visitor departures

Exit tracking component of US VISIT “not ready for prime time yet,” program official says.

Who’s the Boss?

Federal workers answer to the Constitution.

FEMA urged to improve grants management

Officials acknowledge the need to do better in this area, as well as in contracting; director points to progress in hiring.

How HUD got off 'high-risk' list

Officials say information technology was central to improvements in rental housing assistance and single-family mortgage aid.

VA info security upgrade just getting started, auditors say

A decentralized, nonstandard IT system defies easy fixes, official tells lawmakers.