Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on Sept. 4 named four new state and local officials and experts and reappointed one to the congressionally mandated board overseeing the development of a high-speed, nationwide wireless network for public safety agencies.
Poor planning, budget limitations, increased apprehensions and lack of communication with Homeland Security leaders and the White House led Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to release more than 2,000 immigration detainees--including some criminals--in early 2013, the department's watchdog found.
The Environmental Protection Agency doesn't always provide clear information about its cost-benefit analyses underlying its regulatory decisions, the investigative arm of Congress said in a recent report.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have come out in support of agency inspectors general who claimed insufficient access to records during investigations. In an Aug. 8 letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan, House lawmakers said inspectors general should, in most cases, have no problem accessing agency records during an investigation and that OMB needs to make sure agencies enforce the 1978 Inspector General Act.
The Government Accountability Office said agencies provided incomplete and inaccurate information about such assistance awards- totaling about $619 billion- on USASpending.gov, a publicly accessible website designed to improve transparency and accountability on federal spending.
Since the federal government invests $17 billion annually into employment and job-training programs, the White House is directing agencies to incorporate a series of elements that would help businesses better meet hiring needs and workers improve their outcomes.
The Office of Management and Budget will collect information on training and case management to help implement continuous evaluations on the security clearances of federal workers, a July 18 OMB memo says. The memo expands on what OMB wants from agencies under the program to monitor security clearances.
An Iowa lawmaker introduced a bill July 16 that seeks to set clear, measurable goals for government performance and evaluate bureaucratic systems on a continuing basis. The bill (H.R.5064), sponsored by Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa), builds on the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act, which set performance goals for agencies on a quarterly basis.
Federal workers who give top-notch customer service could get performance awards in the future, according to a June 30 Office of Management and Budget update of cross-agency goals. The award structure is slated to be completed by the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 and expected to launch by the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the update says.
The White House set out 15 cross-agency goals back in March and now the Office of Personnel Management has laid out plans for how agency can achieve them. "As part of the Administration's effort to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Federal government, agencies have been setting clear, measurable goals to drive better outcomes for the American people," OMB Deputy Director Beth Cobert said in a June 26 blog post.