The Senate unanimously confirmed Tuesday Robert McDonald as the new head of the Veterans Affairs Department. McDonald, a former Procter & Gamble CEO and an Army veteran, replaces acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson who took over for Eric Shinseki when he resigned in May when it was discovered that the VA falsified wait lists and delayed treatments for veterans.
The Commerce Department's inspector general began its investigation nearly a year ago after it received anonymous whistleblower allegations that paralegals with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, or PTAB, within the U.S. PTO had insufficient workloads and instead used that time to surf the Internet, watch TV and do other personal activities.
The General Services Administration is looking at two locations in Maryland and one in Virginia as finalists for the relocation of the Federal Bureau of Investigations headquarters. The Greenbelt, Maryland option sits as a portion of Greenbelt Metro Station located near the intersection of Interstates 95/495 and Exit 24, a July 29 GSA statement says. The Landover, Maryland site would be built on the former Landover Mall located near the intersection of Interstates 95/495 and MD 202.
The government's data on its own property wasn't sufficiently reliable to supper good decisions about excess and underutilized property, Government Accountability Office July 29 prepared testimony says. The Federal Real Property Council had not ensured that key data elements of the Federal Real Property Profile were defined and reported consistently and accurately, the testimony says.
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.
House and Senate lawmakers reached agreement on a $17 billion Veterans Affairs Department reform bill that would make it easier to fire VA senior executives. The legislation would give the VA secretary the authority to immediately remove an incompetent senior executive based on poor job performance, a July 28 statement from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who led the negotiations for the Senate. But it also affords that senior executive a 21-day period to file an appeal.
More than 80,000 Defense Department employees and contractors with security clearance owe back taxes, a June 28 Government Accountability Office report says. GAO found that about 83,000 DoD employees and contractors who held or were determined eligible for secret, top secret, or sensitive compartmented information clearances had unpaid federal tax debt totaling more than $730 million as of June 30, 2012, the report says.
The Postal Service's aging fleet could be an opportunity for the agency to save money and meet sustainability goals in the long run, a July 25 USPS inspector general blog post says. About 142,000 long-life vehicles out of the 190,000-vehicle total delivery fleet are near or have exceeded their expected service life, the blog post says.
Donald Trump broke ground Thursday on a project that will turn the General Services Administration-owned Old Post Office into a luxury hotel. The deal comes as a way of taking advantage of underutilized property and the hotel is set to open in early 2016.
NASA planned to get a new space launch system off the ground by 2017, but it doesn't have the $12 million to do it, a July 23 Government Accountability Office report says. The space agency is at high risk of missing its planned December 2017 test flight, the report says. Currently NASA is about $400 million short of funding for the project and NASA told the GAO there was a 90 percent chance of not hitting the launch date at this time.