Ryan McDermott

Biography for Ryan McDermott

Ryan McDermott is an Editor in the Government Publishing Group at FierceMarkets. He writes regularly for FierceGovernment. He's held just about every newsroom job possible and previously worked for Patch.com, Warren Communications NewsThe GazetteThe Brooklyn RailThe Onion, Popmatters.com and Vice Magazine. Ryan holds a B.A. in journalism from Rowan University where he was the editor of the student newspaper and did graduate work in magazine journalism at New York University. Ryan lives in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, D.C. You can reach him by email or follow @fiercegov

Articles by Ryan McDermott

Two VA medical centers marked appointments as complete before doctors saw patients

Two Veterans Affairs Department hospitals marked appointments as complete even before patients were seen by a doctor, according to a Sept. 29 VA inspector general report.

Congress narrowly avoids shutdown with short-term funding bill

The government narrowly avoided a shutdown last night when the House followed the Senate in passing a temporary spending bill that will fund the government through Dec. 11.

IRS isn't properly collecting ACA fees from health insurance providers

The Internal Revenue Service is having trouble collecting Affordable Care Act fees from health insurance providers because of bad third-party data and a faulty process for recovering lost fees, according to a Sept. 24 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report.

House and Senate come together on $600B defense authorization bill

The House and Senate came to an agreement Tuesday on a fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that sets out more than $600 billion in spending.

DoD, GAO disagree on how many financial management goals the agency has met

The Defense Department has made some progress in implementing congressionally mandated financial management strategies, but there's some disagreement over how many goals the DoD has actually met, according to a Sept. 28 Government Accountability Office report.

DHS, SBA and Broadcast Board ranked worst agencies for employee satisfaction, engagement in OPM survey

While NASA and Office of Management and Budget enjoyed high marks in employee satisfaction, agencies like the Homeland Security Department and the Small Business Administration pulled up the rear in the Office of Personnel Management's annual fed survey.

Fed health benefits premiums will increase by 6.4% in 2016

Premiums for federal workers enrolled in the Federal Employee Health Benefits program will be going up this year, according to a Sept. 29 Office of Personnel Management memo. On average, FEHB premiums will increase by 6.4 percent in 2016, OPM says.

IRS improperly withheld information in 12 percent of FOIA requests, TIGTA says

The Internal Revenue Service improperly withheld information in about 12 percent of Freedom of Information Act requests that were reviewed in a recently released Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report.

VA needs to better select grantees for its adaptive sports program

The Veterans Affairs Department could improve how it selects organizations to take part in its adaptive sports program so more veterans participate, according to a Sept. 28 Government Accountability Office report.

Postal Service could utilize driverless cars in the future, IG says

The Postal Service should look to the future and plan for how it could use self-driving vehicles to cut costs and speed up deliveries, says a Sept. 28 USPS inspector general blog post.