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IG finds significant weaknesses in EPA's oversight of Clean Water Act fee collections

The Environmental Protection Agency inspector general found significant weaknesses in EPA's oversight of state and local fee collections for Clean Air Act permits. IG finds annual Title V program expenses often exceeded Title V revenues in report released Oct. 20.

Survey: VA employees dissatisfied with senior executives

Employees at the Veterans Affairs Department are less satisfied with their senior executives than they were last year, the VA portion of the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey says. Though the governmentwide results haven't been released, some agencies are publishing their individual results.

OPM final rule will give temp employees health benefits

Some temporary and seasonal federal workers will be eligible for health insurance starting in January, says an Oct. 17 Office of Personnel Management final rule. The final rule expands the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to temporary employees who are scheduled to work at least 130 hours a month and end up working at least 90 days throughout the year.

OPM pushes agencies to consider hiring long-term unemployed

The Office of Personnel Management is pushing agencies to hire the long-term unemployed. In an Oct. 14 statement, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said the government must serve as a model for employers and not discriminate against candidates who have been unemployed for more than six months.

IG: VA cleared in Marine death

The Veterans Affairs Department inspector general cleared a Minneapolis medical facility of wrongdoing after several troubling months at VA clinics across the country related to long wait times and patients being left off wait lists. Jordan Buisman, a 25-year-old ex-Marine, left military service because of complications from epilepsy and died Nov. 26 2012 – 24 days before the date he was scheduled to see a VA doctor about his condition, says an Oct. 10 statement from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).

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Federal departments and agencies were instructed to adopt the use of security-enhanced cards, such as those that use chip-and PIN technology "as soon as possible" in an Oct. 17 executive order signed by President Obama. Chip-and-PIN technology – which uses an embedded chip in credit, debit and other payment cards, in lieu of a magnetic strip, and a personal identification number – has greatly reduced financial fraud and identity theft in Europe.

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Representatives from 175 countries will discuss topics such as Internet governance, online security and privacy, and the Internet of Things, as the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union, or ITU, kicked off three weeks of meetings Oct. 20 in Busan, South Korea.