The Internal Revenue Service's cost/benefit statistics don't provide a complete picture and understate the actual results of enforcement programs analyzed by the IRS, a recently released Sept. 23 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report says. The IRS uses cost/benefit calculations to assist IRS senior executives in managing enforcement resources.
The Veterans Affairs Department used inaccurate milestones for several of its health care center construction projects the VA inspector general recently reviewed, and hasn't properly tracked project costs, said Linda Halliday, VA assistant inspector general for audits and evaluations before a Nov. 20 House panel.
Mexican panga boats operated by smugglers once were primarily a problem along the southern California coast, but now they're coming as far north as San Francisco, a Coast Guard admiral told a Nov. 19 House panel.
Some allegations by immigrants in detention that they had been sexually assaulted were not passed along to Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters as required.
The First Responders Network Authority board, the group tasked with standing up a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network, is about to get some more attention—and it might not be the good type.
The White House says it interprets proposed legislative language regarding Defense Department supervision of cloud computing solutions for intelligence analysis as not "intending to supersede" an ongoing intelligence community unified cloud architecture effort.
The House passed Nov. 19 the DATA Act (H.R. 2061), which requires federal agencies and departments to release more complete and higher-quality spending data. The bill also shifts oversight of federal spending transparency dashboard USASpending.gov from the Office of Management and Budget to the Treasury Department.
Increased access to unlicensed spectrum in the 5 gigahertz spectrum band could accelerate Wi-Fi speeds, increase capacity and reduce hotspot congestion, said Julius Knapp, chief of the office of engineering and technology at the Federal Communications Commission. Knapp spoke Nov. 13 during a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on communications and technology.
A plan to exchange federal buildings for new facilities without direct approval from Congress drew resistance from a key lawmaker Nov. 19. The General Services Administration has proposed exchanging five outdated federal buildings collectively known as Federal Triangle South in the southwest quadrant of Washington, D.C.
Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner said she doubts the Homeland Security Department is doing much to quell the improper use of overtime among its employees, which she estimates costs about $9 million annually. She testified Nov. 19 before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs subcommittee on the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs and the federal workforce.