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VA lacks understanding of civilian adjustment, finds GAO

Although the Veterans Affairs Department lists veteran wellness and economic security as a strategic objective, the department lacks information to assess its ability to meet that goal,  finds  a Sept. 10 Government Accountability Office report.

Report: IGs want more freedom and fewer congressional mandates

Congressionally mandated investigations like those concerning conference spending are burdening agency inspectors general, preventing them from diving into in-depth work that focuses on more nefarious behavior, says a Sept. 15 report by the Association of Government Accountants and Kearney & Company.

Report: DHS training not all relevant to all its agencies

The centralized leadership training that the Homeland Security Department oversees for its components sometimes isn't all applicable to those components, says a report from the Government Accountability Office.

Republicans target passports of American citizens who fight with terrorist groups

Republicans in the House and the Senate introduced a series of bills last week that would allow the government to strip the passports and citizenship of Americans who join foreign terrorist organizations.

CBP paid a premium for employee housing near southwestern border

Customs and Border Protection built employee housing in an Arizona town that cost nearly eight times as much as the town's average home price.

OPM won't renew USIS background check contract

The Office of Personnel Management plans to not review its contract with the company that allegedly defrauded OPM by not properly completing security clearance background checks and trying to cover up the situation. The move comes after the USIS--one of the contractors responsible for federal background checks--suffered a cyberattack in August that compromised the files of 25,000 Homeland Security Department workers and is under investigation by the FBI, the AP reported on Sept. 10.

IGs outline agency efforts to stymie access to documents

Watchdogs from several agencies told a House panel their independence is threated by agencies refusing to turn over documents and finding ways to circumvent handing them over. Inspectors General from the Justice Department, Peace Corps and Environmental Protection Agency spoke out against losing their independence to agencies who use statutory or legal authority to keep documents out of the IGs' hands.

Official: US laws need to be updated to help DHS better tackle cyber threats and attacks

A top Homeland Security Department official told Senate lawmakers Sept. 10 that Congress needs to update laws to help the department better tackle the growing threat of cyber threats and attacks.

Head of DHS's R&D arm says new strategic plan will better meet user needs

The head of the Homeland Security Department's research and development arm told lawmakers Sept. 9 that the long-term strategy that his organization is currently developing will better meet what Border Patrol agents and other end users need to do their jobs.

Commerce IG: Delays in migrating export license data to new IT system could result in extra costs

An internal watchdog found that delays in the Commerce Department's effort to migrate its export license processing and referral functions to a new IT platform could cost several million dollars as it continues to use its old system.