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DoD fails to comply with rules to curb contractor estimate deficiencies

The Defense Department's contracting component hasn't complied with new rules meant to address deficiencies in the way contractors estimate prices says a June 29 DoD inspector general report.

GAO: Navy exceeded allowable carryover funding limits for repairs

The Navy exceeded its allowable limit for carryover funds for repairing equipment in 10 of the last 11 years, says a June 30 Government Accountability Office report.

GSA official sentenced to three months in prison for Las Vegas conference spending scandal

The man behind the General Services Administration's Las Vegas conference spending scandal was sentenced Tuesday to three months in prison and a bevy of monetary fines, according to an emailed GSA inspector general statement.

Supreme Court strikes down EPA mercury pollution rule

The Supreme Court decided Monday to halt an Environmental Protection Agency rule that forced electric utilities companies to reduce their output of mercury pollution.

DOE could better manage program to commercialize government research, IG says

The Energy Department could do a better job of managing its program that helps commercialize government research through the private sector, says a June 22 DOE inspector general report.

DOT fed employee travel card program secure from purchase fraud, GAO says

While some federal agencies have been dinged by auditors for flagrant purchases on employee charge cards, the Transportation Department has taken steps to ensure its own program for federal travel is secure from that kind of problem, says a recently released GAO report.

Federal agencies meet their contracting goals for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses

Federal agencies set a new record for awarding contracting dollars to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses in fiscal 2014, says a June 26 Small Business Administration statement.

Fed union sues OPM over employee data breach

The largest federal employee union filed a lawsuit yesterday against the Office of Personnel Management and its top officials over the recent cybersecurity breach that compromised the information of millions of current and former feds.

Two Interior Dept.-run schools don't have proper safety plans in place, IG says

The Interior Department's inspector general found that safety measures protecting students and staff in two schools on reservations in Florida and South Dakota are not adequate.

TIGTA: IRS awarding millions in contracts to businesses with federal tax debt

The Internal Revenue Service awarded millions of dollars in contracts to corporations with substantial federal tax debt, says a March 26 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report that was released last week.

GSA exceeded small business contracting goal, received top grade from SBA

The General Services Administration awarded $1.5 billion in contracts to small businesses in fiscal 2014, with the Small Business Administration giving the agency an "A" grade for its efforts, says a June 29 GSA statement.

VA official: We need more money for veterans' healthcare

The Veterans Affairs Department faces a $2.5 billion budget shortfall this year due to the increased costs of veteran healthcare, Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson told a House panel June 25.

Congress passes bill that would ease tax burden for some feds who withdraw retirement funds early

Congress sent a bill to President Obama's desk that would relieve certain federal workers of the tax penalty incurred when withdrawing from their retirement funds early.

$43M parked for benefits outreach never used at VA, IG says

The Veterans Affairs Department left $43 million unspent for three years that was supposed to go to benefits outreach for veterans, says a June 17 VA inspector general report.

IG: Commerce not accurately reporting contracting data to FPDS-NG database

The Commerce Department isn't accurately reporting contracting data to the federal government's main procurement database, says a June 19 Commerce inspector general report.

DoD moves forward with plan to continuously evaluate personnel with security clearances

The Defense Department is moving forward with a program to evaluate military, civilian and contractor personnel with security clearances to see if they are actually eligible for those clearances, says a June 24 post by government transparency expert Steven Aftergood.

GSA launches online tool for government buyers to search for past price quotes

The General Services Administration has launched an online, interactive platform meant to make it easier for government buyers to find information on past purchases, says a June 23 GSA blog post.

VA official says agency didn't commit fraud when skirting acquisition rules

A Veterans Affairs Department official told a House panel Tuesday that the agency did spend billions of dollars in purchases outside of federal acquisition rules, but only because they needed to quickly meet patient needs.

Lawmakers seek to clawback bonuses from misbehaving feds

A bill that would prohibit federal agencies from awarding bonuses to employees that are found guilty of misconduct sailed through the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday.

Senate committee approves bill to curb federal employee charge card abuse

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved a bill today that is meant to curb federal employee charge card abuse.