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EPA failed to assess coal risks, IG finds

March 25, 2011 The Environmental Protection Agency recommended using coal waste in roads, buildings and other construction for about a decade without adequately assessing the damage it could cause, according to a new report from EPA's inspector general. From 2001 to 2010, EPA promoted coal combustion residues -- the byproducts of coal-fired power...

Protection of U.S. nuclear arsenal faulted by experts

March 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal agency charged with protecting the country's nuclear weapons arsenal should address "shortcomings" in how its secures its facilities, according to a report released on Thursday by the National Research Council. The report faulted the National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-autonomous agency within the Energy Department, for lacking a...

Protection of U.S. nuclear arsenal faulted by experts

March 24, 2011 The federal agency charged with protecting the country's nuclear weapons arsenal should address "shortcomings" in how its secures its facilities, according to a report released on Thursday by the National Research Council. The report faulted the National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-autonomous agency within the Energy Department, for lacking a...

Homeland Security offers tool to curb errors in work eligibility

March 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Workers will have a new electronic means to help prevent the government from mislabeling them as ineligible for U.S. employment, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced on Monday. "Beginning today, for the first time, individuals in five states and the District of Columbia will be able to check their own...

Homeland Security offers tool to curb errors in work eligibility

March 21, 2011 Workers will have a new electronic means to help prevent the government from mislabeling them as ineligible for U.S. employment, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced on Monday. "Beginning today, for the first time, individuals in five states and the District of Columbia will be able to check their own...

Pentagon not spotting overpayments to contractors, IG finds

March 17, 2011 The Defense Department is not adequately uncovering large overpayments to contractors, according to the Pentagon's internal watchdog. A recent department search for such overpayments was both "inaccurate and incomplete," the Defense inspector general reported Wednesday. Less than half the department's $303.7 billion in first quarter expenditures last year were reviewed...

Agencies on track to implement White House IT strategy, CIOs say

March 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration's recently-unveiled information technology roadmap is helping agencies push forward toward their IT goals, according to leading government chief information officers who spoke at a conference roundtable on Wednesday. But much work remains to be done before declaring success, the CIOs warned. "We're very proud in the first...

GSA's wiki platform is improving efficiency and performance, senior official says

March 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government transparency efforts should focus more on improving performance management, an Office of Management and Budget official said Tuesday. Karen Lee, an analyst in the Office of Federal Financial Management at OMB, said open government initiatives should provide the means to "a more accountable, efficient and effective government." Lee made...

GSA’s wiki platform is improving efficiency and performance, senior official says

March 15, 2011 Government transparency efforts should focus more on improving performance management, an Office of Management and Budget official said Tuesday. Karen Lee, an analyst in the Office of Federal Financial Management at OMB, said open government initiatives should provide the means to "a more accountable, efficient and effective government." Lee made...

SEC told to reorganize and live within its means

March 11, 2011 The Securities and Exchange Commission needs more money to police Wall Street, according to the agency head and an independent report released on Thursday. The congressionally assigned report also asserted the agency could do a better job with resources it already has. Without additional funds, SEC will not be able...

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