House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) blasted the Labor Department over what he calls wasteful spending on promoting the agency. Issa wants the DOL to hand over documents and information related to agency spending and claims he has information that the DOL spent $600,000 on informational elevator posters, $25,000 in entry fees for public relations contests and $100,000 to promote a book club.
The Federal Trade Commission is warning D.C. residents that callers claiming to be from the FTC or Internal Revenue Service could actually be scammers. "Even if your phone's caller ID says 'FTC' or 'IRS,' or shows Washington, DC's '202' area code, it could still be a scam. Scammers know how to show fake information on caller ID," an Aug. 27 FTC statement says.
An internal audit found that revised guidelines to help a U.S. Postal Service initiative increase efficiencies in each postal district by centralizing delivery operations are still insufficient.
An internal investigation recently found "signficant security concerns" with a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration next-generation environmental satellite program's ground system.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently released a fifth white paper designed to spur discussion around the structure and effectiveness of the Universal Service Fund, a program that provides affordable telecommunications service to people in rural areas and others.
While states are generally complying with key federal requirements for administering highway safety program funds, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration still needs to shore up some gaps in its oversight to make the program more effective, an Aug. 21 internal audit found.
The Internal Revenue Service should develop a better compliance strategy for the Affordable Care Act's medical device tax to make sure businesses pay it, a recently released Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report says. The ACA includes a 2.3 percent tax percent of the sales price for medical devices sold beginning Jan. 1, 2013. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimated revenues from the medical device excise tax of $20 billion for fiscal years 2013 through 2019, the report says.
As federal food stamp beneficiaries increase, state-based offices investigating program fraud are being reduced, making it difficult to combat the abuse, an Aug. 21 Government Accountability Office report says. In fiscal year 2013, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provided about 47 million people with $76 billion in benefits, the report says.
An internal probe found that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's computer systems were hacked into three times- including twice by foreign entities- within the past three years
Two congressional Democrats are continuing to urge federal regulators to allow communities to build their own broadband networks, preempting several state laws that prevent such initiatives.