President Obama nominated Acting General Services Administration head Dan Tangherlini to be the permanent administrator, Obama said in a May 22 statement. Tangherlini had held the role of acting administrator since April 2012.
Staffing cuts due to sequestration severely eroded the Government Accountability Office's ability to produce reports and make recommendations to Congress about the efficiency of government agencies, GAO Comptroller Gene Dodaro said at a May 21 Senate Appropriates Committee hearing.
"When the states have skin in the game...we're seeing much better-run service, we're seeing new innovations, new ideas, and we're seeing better integration of passenger rail" with the rest of the transportation network, said Robert Puentes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
The official who led the Internal Revenue Service when it was improperly scrutinizing conservative organizations filing for tax exempt status said during a May 21 Senate Finance Committee hearing that he isn't to blame for those actions, but said he regretted it happened on his watch.
Federal efforts to quickly ramp up implementation of the Affordable Care Act have been effective, and claims of state pushback have been overblown, panelists said at a May 20 Brookings Institution event.
The military's plans to mitigate rust and other forms of corrosion all lack performance measures, and some don't connect to the Defense Department's overarching goals, a report from the Government Accountability Office says.
The continuing resolution signed into law by President Obama in March included new restrictions around conferences, which the Office of Government Ethics outlines in an advisory (.pdf) published May 15.
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program hasn't evolved with changing state programs and there isn't enough information to understand how that has impacted the families needing assistance from the program, a May 15 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says.
The Defense Department paid 31.8 percent more for the average unit price of prescription drugs than the Veterans Affairs Department across a sample of 83 drugs, says a Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) dated April 19 but only released publicly May 20. The DoD paid 66 percent more than the VA specifically for generic drugs, the report says.
The former top federal prosecutor in Arizona violated Justice Department policy when he shared an internal memorandum with a Fox News reporter, the DOJ office of inspector general says in a new report, released amid new revelations about the prosecution of a State Department contractor who also allegedly leaked information to a reporter.
The Treasury Department will stop investing in federal worker retirement and disability funds since Congress only suspended the debt ceiling until May 18, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in a May 17 letter (.pdf) to Congress. Congress has not approved normal borrowing authority after May 18, Lew said.
Efforts to protect scientific and technological advancements from espionage should focus on defining the line between basic research and the development of applied technology, a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission told a House panel May 16.
The Interior Department must focus on advancing Indian student education and building upon renewable energy project success on reservations, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told the Senate Indian Affairs Committee at a May 15 hearing. Only 52 percent of students at Bureau of Indian Education schools graduate as opposed to 76 percent in non-BIE public schools, said Chairwoman Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) at the hearing.
Agencies don't do enough to stop program and services duplication, which costs the government millions of dollars, Government Accountability Office Comptroller Gene Dodaro told the Senate Budget Finance Committee during a May 16 hearing. For example, if the military services jointly purchased uniforms, they could collectively save up to $80 million, Dodaro said.
The General Services Administration did not properly review senior executives when giving out bonuses from 2009 to 2011 and instead employed practices that lacked transparency and accountability, a May 16 GSA Inspector General report says. GSA "illustrated a willingness by the GSA to violate legal requirements and the way officials gave out bonuses was a "manufactured process," the report says.
The Veterans Affairs Department announced it would mandate overtime for claims processors at its 56 regional offices as a way to reduce the backlog of VA disability claims. The mandate will be implemented through the end of fiscal 2013, a May 15 VA statement said.
The federal courts system needs $72.9 million in supplemental funding this year to prevent layoffs and other repercussions from sequester-related budget cuts, says the Judicial Conference of the United States. "The judiciary is confronting an unprecedented fiscal crisis that could seriously compromise the constitutional mission of the United States courts," the letter says.
The General Services Administration owes more than one thousand contractors more than $3 million because the agency failed to reimburse vendors after kicking them out of the schedules program.
Under House Appropriations Committee spending bill for the coming fiscal year marked up in subcommittee May 15, the Veterans Affairs Department would be funded at a topline of $147.6 billion, with $63.1 billion of that being discretionary spending.