The Bureau of Indian Education doesn't know the state of its schools across the country due to inaccurate or incomplete data collected by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, says a Feb. 27 Government Accountability Office report. GAO's investigation shows that issues with the quality of data on school conditions – such as inconsistent data entry by schools and inadequate quality controls – make determining the number of schools in poor condition difficult.
A former National Archives and Records Administration official spoke out in support of a new bill that would strengthen Freedom of Information Act protections.
An Internal Revenue Service official called on Congress to help the agency turn around its inability to provide adequate customer service due to budget cuts. But the IRS must also prove to Congress that it can properly manage the agency.
Employees at a Veterans Affairs Department regional office in Arkansas changed the dates on disability claims to make it appear that the office wasn't falling behind in processing them, says a Feb. 26 VA inspector general report. The report says that staff at the Little Rock regional office claim they were following guidance handed down from the Veterans Benefits Administration.
The Energy Department's ability to manage contaminated facilities that need to be disposed of is hindered by limited data on those facilities, says a Feb. 25 Government Accountability Office report.
Tax return audits fell to their lowest level in the last ten years because the Internal Revenue Service budget cuts have forced the agency to reduce its number of auditors, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told the New York State Bar Association at a Feb. 24 event. "The math is pretty simple," Koskinen said in the speech, of which the IRS provided a transcript. "There are fewer audits because we have fewer auditors."
It's safe to say the Postal Service is in financial shambles after losing $5.5 billion in fiscal 2014 and already coming out of the first quarter of fiscal 2015 with a $750 million loss. FierceGovernment explores the root causes of USPS's financial woes, as well as some of the proposed solutions and business models gaining interest and support. Read the report
Despite Washington, D.C. officials announcing that marijuana will be legal in the District come Thursday, the head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is saying Congress might have more time to act to block that legislation.
In the wake of NBC newscaster Brian Williams backpeddling on claims of the danger he faced covering the Iraq War, the head of the Veterans Affairs Department apologized Monday for saying he was in the special forces when he was not.
The Justice Department closed more than 70 percent of its Federal Bureau of Investigation whistleblower retaliation cases within one year of receiving them, says a recently released Jan. 23 Government Accountability Office report. The DOJ closed 44 of the 62 FBI whistleblower retaliation complaints within one year, took up to four years to close 15 complaints and took nearly 11 years to close the remaining three, the report says.