Oversight

Treasury IG Details IRS’ COVID-19-Related Customer Experience Issues

Millions of taxpayers have had a hard time reaching the IRS during the pandemic.

Audit Finds Inconsistencies in How DOD Buys through Consortia

The Defense Department Office of Inspector General unveiled problems with other transaction agreements including tracking, security, fee negotiation and training. 

Commerce Watchdog Issues Alert on Major IT Modernization Project

In a management alert, the agency inspector general warned a 20-year, $341 million project is too focused on new technology instead of fixing business processes.

Special Report: The Evolution of the FITARA Scorecard

An in-depth look at an important oversight tool Congress uses to track agencies’ modernization efforts.

Connolly, Hice Announce Bill to Improve Performance Planning at FITARA Hearing

The Performance Enhancement Reform Act would require greater collaboration among agency officials and more detailed descriptions of resources required to meet goals.

DOD Workforce Wants to Keep Telework Going Despite Early Hiccups

A Defense Department Inspector General report surveyed more than 56,000 employees about telework during the pandemic.

DOE Watchdog Detailed Its Cybersecurity State Amid SolarWinds Hack

The department continues to struggle with many of the issues the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency identified after widespread intrusions into the public and private sector. 

Electric Cars, Smart Refrigerators Pose Cyber Risk To US Utilities, GAO Finds

The risks aren’t well understood by researchers, in part because of local and state control of electrical utilities.

GAO Dismisses IBM Bid Protest on $729 Million Task Order

The decision comes after the Army undertook multiple corrective action periods to address concerns mostly related to mapping of government personnel.

Third Defense Audit Shows Some Progress, Watchdog Says

Some components are performing better, but overall, the department’s books still don’t add up.

Watchdog to Review How Postal Inspectors Handle Cryptocurrency

Digital currencies have already been seized by the law enforcement arm in previous investigations.

Republican Lawmakers Push for Billions in Boosts to Science Agency Budgets

Their re-introduced bill also calls for a national S&T strategy—and new requirements, including a supply chain-tracking database.

GAO: Agencies Need to Plan Better, Pay More and Deal with Harassment and Diversity Issues Among Tech Workforce

A new report and testimony from the Government Accountability Office re-ups past work to identify problems hiring and retaining a skilled federal science and technology workforce.

President Biden: COVID Relief Needs ‘Fastidious Oversight’

The American Rescue Plan is the latest in the federal government’s historic pandemic spending.