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Daniel Pulliam

Defense

Federal travel spending drops

Big drop at Defense department leads to overall drop in travel expenditures from fiscal 2005 to 2006.

Features

Out of the Clouds

Travel spending loses altitude with big decline at Defense.

Features

The Party’s Over

Tech spending squeezed out by war, continuing resolution, deficits.

Features

On the Mend

The General Services Administration claims some successes amid controversy.

Oversight

Lawmaker presses OSC chief to hand over e-mails

Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., wants more information on any work-related messages Special Counsel Scott Bloch sent via a personal account.

Oversight

IRS to spend $13.2 million on headquarters flood recovery

Agency avoided using any new appropriations and followed contracting rules, auditors find.

Oversight

CIA alters ‘news media’ definition for FOIA requests

Criticism of a draft proposal prevented a more expansive overhaul of fee structure.

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Oversight

Veterans Affairs chief resigns

James Nicholson, 69, says he wants to return to the private sector.

Oversight

Administration’s financial management chief to retire

Linda Combs helped update inventory of excess property, guided agencies in reducing payment errors.

Oversight

Senator criticizes GSA plans to cut office supply program

A group of lawmakers, led by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., says the move would hurt small companies and hamper disaster recovery efforts.

Oversight

Employee tried to mask extent of latest VA data breach

“Panicked” IT specialist lied to investigators looking into the loss of a hard drive with personal data on about 1.5 million people, IG says.

Oversight

Audit finds FEMA laptops lack proper security settings

Sensitive data could be at risk, inspector general finds in review of 298 laptops.

Oversight

Windows security standardization cited as top tech challenge

Half of IT security officers and managers in survey say they have adequate budgets and staff to implement OMB mandate.

Oversight

Open government group says FOIA backlogs worse than reported

Five agencies have Freedom of Information Act requests that go back 15 years or more, according to a new report.

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Use of free tax filing software drops significantly

Decrease followed agreement limiting the service to 70 percent of tax filers, auditors find.

Defense

Locals pan DHS decision to ditch communications project

County officials upset by phase-out of tool to distribute disaster management software and establish interoperability standards.

Oversight

House appropriators limit e-gov funding

Office of Management and Budget urges Congress to meet full funding request, but veto threat stems from unrelated provisions.

News

GSA awards air travel contracts to 14 carriers

Agency predicts that new City Pair contracts will save the government more than $4.5 billion next year.

Oversight

Open government advocates slam report on FOIA reform

Former Justice FOIA chief says report is an "unfortunately transparent" attempt to make the situation look better than it is.

Oversight

Audit prompts Treasury to seek help with ID cards

Attempts to meet presidential mandate alone risked higher costs and slow implementation, inspector general says.