The Veterans Affairs Department's number two contracting official, who allegedly funneled work to a Virginia contractor announced her retirement Tuesday, just more than two weeks after the allegations surfaced. Susan Taylor, Veterans Health Administration deputy procurement officer, said in an email to the VA that she would resign and retire effective Oct. 14 after 29 years of government service, an Oct. 15 Washington Post article says. Four of those years were spent at the VA.
The Defense Acquisition University developed a guidebook to help managers terminate programs effectively ahead of possible calls for shutdowns due to budget constraints. In lieu of a formal shutdown process at DOD, the "Smart Shutdown Guidebook" (pdf) addresses the handling of personnel, technology and data preservation, and program security protection, for example.
The Defense Department spent nearly half a billion dollars on aircrafts for Afghanistan only to end up destroying them and selling them for about $32,000 in scrap. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction wants to know why so much money was wasted. During a trip to Afghanistan, SIGAR John Sopko observed 16 of 20 planes in the G222 fleet parked unused on a tarmac at Kabul International Airport, a Oct. 3 letter (pdf) from Sopko to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says.
The Veterans Affairs Department continues to take steps to clean up its image after it punished whistleblowers for speaking out against doctored wait lists for veterans seeking healthcare. The VA says the Office of Special Counsel certified the agency under OSC's Whistleblower Protection Certification Program in an Oct. 8 statement.
The Office of Personnel Management continues to take small steps to decrease its retirement claims backlog, OPM statistics show. The agency received 6,350 new retirement claims in September which was almost a thousand fewer than OPM expected. And it ended up processing 6,680 claims, statistics (pdf) show.
Most registered voters have the state-issued identification they need to cast ballots, but that doesn't always improve voter turnout, an audit found. The Government Accountability Office's audit (pdf), dated Sept. 19, looked at 10 studies of voter ID requirements in Kansas and Tennessee, which changed their rules between the 2008 and 2012 elections, and four states-- Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware and Maine-- that did not make changes.
The Environmental Protection Agency's $6 million per year fleet management program needs stronger oversight, finds an Oct. 6 report (pdf) from the EPA office of inspector general.
The Internal Revenue Service failed to comply with 11 percent of its Freedom of Information Act requests, a recently released Sept. 17 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report says. The IRS relies on disclosure personnel to ensure that information requests received under the FOIA are handled timely and in accordance with laws and regulations.
More than three-quarters of jurisdictions across the United States didn't collect data that would allow them to assess voter wait times, a Sept. 30 Government Accountability Office report says. GAO was tasked with figuring out how long voters has to wait at in the 10,500 local election jurisdictions across the country.
The General Services Administration will utilize a car sharing service that the agency says will save money and be more energy efficient, an Oct. 2 GSA statement says. Enterprise CarShare, ZipCar, Hertz and Carpingo will all participate in the GSA initiative and provide car-sharing services as a transportation option for federal employees who currently use government vehicles, the statement says. Vehicles will be provided to those employees on an hourly basis, but for no longer than one day.