Oversight

Kristi Noem’s National Guard Deployment Is America’s Future

The private sector has long been absorbing duties that belong to the government—and that pattern is intensifying.

OPM Has Improved on Several Key Management Issues, Watchdog Finds

GAO lauded OPM’s efforts to reform performance management processes and provide better data to agencies, although 14 recommendations remain unresolved.

Does the Trump Organization’s Indictment Mean Anything for the Company’s GSA Lease? 

Experts said the indictment prompts speculation about possible suspension or debarment from federal business, but were unsure if GSA would act. 

FDA Asks for IG Review on Alzheimer’s Drug Approval Process 

Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug has been the subject of much controversy. 

President’s Authority Over DOJ Jeopardizes Independence

How much influence should a president have over the Justice Department? The answer is central to the success of America’s democratic experiment.

GovExec Daily: Election Security Amid Threats to Ballot Access

The Alliance for Securing Democracy's David Levine joins the podcast to discuss how elections can be administered after a contentious 2020.

GovExec Daily: How Effective Are Feds During 'Maximum Telework?'

Eric Katz joins the podcast to discuss Rep. Jody Hice's request for information on the pandemic's effect on mission delivery.

IG Vacancies Persist Under Biden Administration, Despite One Recent Confirmation

The president has four other nominees waiting, as observers continue to stress the need to have permanent leaders to oversee the distribution of billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief. 

Embattled Housing Finance Agency IG Steps Down

An IG oversight body found Laura Wertheimer “engaged in conduct that undermines the integrity reasonably expected of an IG.”

Analysis: Why We’ll Likely Never Know Whether a COVID-19 Lab Leak Happened in China

If international scientific sleuths are hoping to see a lab log or find a whistleblower, that sort of information won’t be revealed. In China today, it is dangerous to say what you know if it challenges the official government narrative.

The U.S. Is Closing a Loophole That Lured Mexicans Over the Border to Donate Blood Plasma for Cash

Selling blood plasma in the U.S. could net Mexican residents hundreds of dollars a month — if they donated often enough. But some were putting their health at risk to do so.

Many More Secret Service Employees Tested Positive for COVID-19 Than Previously Known

A report from a nonprofit group shows nearly 900 cases in the first year of the pandemic.

Watchdog: Army Corps of Engineers Should Reevaluate Border Contracting Strategies 

The agency said while President Trump’s border emergency was “largely undefined,” it’s considering changes for emergency responses. 

Republicans Call for Hearing on Possible IRS Leak of Personal Taxpayer Information

Federal agencies took immediate action to investigate how a news organization got ahold of the sensitive information.  

Senator Seeks Probe Into Potential Civil Service Violations Under Biden

Top Banking Committee Republican is demanding answers from the administration and asking the IG for a full investigation.