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IG: DOI not tracking conference spending

The Interior Department failed to accurately track its conference and could not provide actual cost information for 10 of its conferences, an Aug. 28 DOI inspector general report says. The IG looked at ten DOI conferences that exceeded $20,000 and found significant differences between estimated and actual costs, the report says.

IG issues lessons learned report about USDA's use of stimulus funds

The Agriculture Department's inspector general's audit is a look back and lessons learned from the 80 reports and 401 recommendations it has made, as of Aug. 15, regarding such programs funded to stimulate the economy. It's a "compilation report identifying the crosscutting themes, lessons learned, and conclusions" from the previous reports it's issued.

Issa claims DOL spent too much on agency promotions

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) blasted the Labor Department over what he calls wasteful spending on promoting the agency. Issa wants the DOL to hand over documents and information related to agency spending and claims he has information that the DOL spent $600,000 on informational elevator posters, $25,000 in entry fees for public relations contests and $100,000 to promote a book club.

FTC warns DC residents to look out for phone scammers

The Federal Trade Commission is warning D.C. residents that callers claiming to be from the FTC or Internal Revenue Service could actually be scammers. "Even if your phone's caller ID says 'FTC' or 'IRS,' or shows Washington, DC's '202' area code, it could still be a scam. Scammers know how to show fake information on caller ID," an Aug. 27 FTC statement says.

Audit: USPS still lacks adequate guidelines to help improve postal district operations

An internal audit found that revised guidelines to help a U.S. Postal Service initiative increase efficiencies in each postal district by centralizing delivery operations are still insufficient.

Internal audit finds 'significant' security problems in NOAA's weather satellite ground system

An internal investigation recently found "signficant security concerns" with a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration next-generation environmental satellite program's ground system.

House panel white paper seeks feedback on federal telecommunications subsidy program

The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently released a fifth white paper designed to spur discussion around the structure and effectiveness of the Universal Service Fund, a program that provides affordable telecommunications service to people in rural areas and others.

Audit: NHTSA needs more effective oversight of traffic safety program, grants

While states are generally complying with key federal requirements for administering highway safety program funds, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration still needs to shore up some gaps in its oversight to make the program more effective, an Aug. 21 internal audit found.

TIGTA: IRS not capturing all ACA medical device taxes

The Internal Revenue Service should develop a better compliance strategy for the Affordable Care Act's medical device tax to make sure businesses pay it, a recently released Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report says. The ACA includes a 2.3 percent tax percent of the sales price for medical devices sold beginning Jan. 1, 2013. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimated revenues from the medical device excise tax of $20 billion for fiscal years 2013 through 2019, the report says.

GAO: State staffing reductions allow for more food stamp fraud

As federal food stamp beneficiaries increase, state-based offices investigating program fraud are being reduced, making it difficult to combat the abuse, an Aug. 21 Government Accountability Office report says. In fiscal year 2013, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provided about 47 million people with $76 billion in benefits, the report says.