The government has made progress in bettering oversight of the security clearance process in the year since Aaron Alexis killed 12 people in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, says Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Beth Cobert in a Sept. 16 blog post. Cobert, who also heads up the interagency task force reviewing the current security clearance process, says the pilot initiatives launched since the shooting have been shown to be effective and will be expanded to the most sensitive security clearance holders in fiscal 2016.
In his first speech as head of the Office of Management and Budget, Director Shaun Donovan said denying climate change will cost the government billions of dollars. "The failure to invest in climate solutions and climate preparedness doesn't get you membership in a Fiscal Conservatives' Caucus – it makes you a member of the Flat Earth Society," Donovan said in a Sept. 19 speech at the Center for American Progress. "The costs of climate change add up and ignoring the problem only makes it worse."
"Improving services in government requires better coordination and integration across traditional organizational boundaries," says the Partnership for Public Service. "Citizens interacting with government should not have to understand and navigate a complex hierarchy of departments, agencies and offices to receive benefits or services."
An internal investigation found that the U.S. Postal Service's cloud computing contracts did not comply with all of the agency's standards.
Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on Sept. 4 named four new state and local officials and experts and reappointed one to the congressionally mandated board overseeing the development of a high-speed, nationwide wireless network for public safety agencies.
Poor planning, budget limitations, increased apprehensions and lack of communication with Homeland Security leaders and the White House led Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to release more than 2,000 immigration detainees--including some criminals--in early 2013, the department's watchdog found.
The Environmental Protection Agency doesn't always provide clear information about its cost-benefit analyses underlying its regulatory decisions, the investigative arm of Congress said in a recent report.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have come out in support of agency inspectors general who claimed insufficient access to records during investigations. In an Aug. 8 letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan, House lawmakers said inspectors general should, in most cases, have no problem accessing agency records during an investigation and that OMB needs to make sure agencies enforce the 1978 Inspector General Act.
The Government Accountability Office said agencies provided incomplete and inaccurate information about such assistance awards- totaling about $619 billion- on USASpending.gov, a publicly accessible website designed to improve transparency and accountability on federal spending.
Since the federal government invests $17 billion annually into employment and job-training programs, the White House is directing agencies to incorporate a series of elements that would help businesses better meet hiring needs and workers improve their outcomes.