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TSA’s 15 Tumultuous Years

on September 11, 2016 in Agency News with 2 Comments
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has completely transformed airport security since its creation following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But 15 years later, the agency credited with making the traveling public more safe has also grown to become one of the most unpopular agencies in the federal government.

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Unpaid Contractor In OPM Cleanup Feels Validated By Oversight Report

on September 8, 2016 in Agency News with 3 Comments
The chief executive of the firm that makes the tools used to detect the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach says he feels validated by a House Oversight Committee report on the breach that found the OPM never paid for the software.

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Justice Department Says ATF Agents Broke Law On Disabilities

on September 8, 2016 in Agency News with 2 Comments
Undercover storefront sting operations run by the nation's gun enforcement agency were plagued by problems, including agents failing to follow federal law in dealing with people with disabilities, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Justice's Inspector General.

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House Panel Subpoenas VA Over Denver Hospital, Artwork

on September 7, 2016 in Agency News with 0 Comments
A House committee has voted to issue a subpoena to the Department of Veterans Affairs, demanding that the agency turn over documents that could explain how the cost of a Denver-area VA hospital ballooned to almost $1.7 billion, nearly triple earlier estimates.

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House Republicans Split Over Vote to Impeach IRS Chief

on September 6, 2016 in Agency News with 14 Comments
House Republicans Split Over Vote to Impeach IRS Chief Some Republicans in the House believe a vote to censure IRS commissioner John Koskinen makes more sense, while others want to consider an impeachment resolution.

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IRS Rule Amends Definition of Marriage

on September 2, 2016 in Agency News with 40 Comments
A new IRS rule says that for federal tax purposes, the terms “spouse,” “husband,” and “wife” are defined as an individual lawfully married to another individual.

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VA Offers Whistleblower $305,000 To Go Away

on September 1, 2016 in Agency News with 4 Comments
After ethics officials blocked the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from firing a woman who refused to lie for top bosses, the bosses took a different tack: paying her $305,000 to quit and agree not to apply to the VA again.

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VA ‘Stonewalling’ Congressional Efforts to Probe Hospital Where Veteran Killed Himself

on August 31, 2016 in Agency News with 1 Comment
VA ‘Stonewalling’ Congressional Efforts to Probe Hospital Where Veteran Killed Himself The Department of Veterans Affairs has allegedly stonewalled congressional efforts to investigate an agency-run hospital cited for shortcomings, leading lawmakers to plan a field hearing regarding the medical center.

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Agriculture Department to Reopen Offices Closed After Email Threats

on August 31, 2016 in Agency News with 0 Comments
The Agriculture Department will reopen some offices Wednesday that were closed after an unspecified email threat.

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Patent Office Workers Bilked Taxpayers Millions By Playing Hooky, Watchdog Finds

on August 31, 2016 in Agency News with 1 Comment
Thousands of employees who review patents for the federal government potentially cheated taxpayers out of at least $18.3 million as they billed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for almost 300,000 hours they never worked, according to a new investigation.

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