Patent and Trademark officials were at odds with the agency's inspector general findings about the level of telework attendance abuse at a Nov. 18 joint congressional hearing. While the agency contended that it has the problem under control, Commerce Department Inspector General Todd Zinser said the agency's internal investigation understated the problem, at a joint House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and House Judiciary Committee hearing.
The Food and Drug Administration doesn't test for some of the most commonly used pesticides when it looks into the amount of residue left on fruits and vegetables, says a Government Accountability Office report released Oct. 7. And the agency isn't releasing that information in their annual monitoring reports, according to congressional investigators.
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Refund fraud associated with prisoner Social Security numbers remains a problem, but the Internal Revenue Service isn't sharing that information with Congress or state and federal prison officials, a recently released Sept. 25 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report says. Fraudulent tax returns filed using a prisoner's social security number rose from more than 37,000 returns in 2007 to more than 137,000 in 2012, TIGTA found.
The Labor Department performed better than the Office of Special Counsel when dealing with the rights of workers who leave civilian jobs to perform military service, a Nov. 25 Government Accountability Office report says. Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act protects the employment and reemployment rights of workers who leave civilian jobs to perform military or other uniformed service, the report says.
The federal government could reduce the deficit by more than $100 billion over the next 10 years by modifying federal worker pay and retirement, a Nov. 20 Congressional Budget Office report says. The CBO doesn't formally endorse policy changes, but they can score those changes to figure out how much they'd cost or save the government.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services use a majority of practices for identifying prescription drug waste, fraud and abuse and plan to add three more practices, congressional investigators said. But the agency won't pursue a half dozen other known practices for several reasons.
Two of the agencies participating in a Small Business Administration innovation program opted to open the program to small businesses that are majority-owned by venture capital firms, says a Nov. 20 Government Accountability Office report. The Health and Human Services Department and the Energy Department opted to open part of their Small Business Innovation Research programs to small businesses that are majority-owned by multiple venture capital or similar firms, allowing such companies to apply for and receive SBIR awards, the report says.
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On the heels of action by Google and Apple, yet another mobile messaging technology is expanding its use of encryption to protect user information – a move that has drawn criticism from law enforcement agencies. The Facebook-owned mobile messaging platform WhatsApp is working with Open Whisper Systems to provide end-to-end encryption, according to a blog post.
The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on a proposed roadmap that would use available WiFi and Bluetooth technology to help locate emergency 911 callers inside buildings, according to a public notice posted by regulators Nov. 20.