Posts Tagged: Daily Dose

When It Comes to Violations, Keeping Congress In The Loop

Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Darrell Issa of California, sent a three paged letter to the government’s inspectors general (earnestly) asking for more communication alerting Congress when serious violations are under investigation. Darrell Issa wants inspectors general to loop in Congress The letter cited the 2010 $823,000 GSA spending spree in… Read more »

Daily Dose: CIA Twitter Account Suspended, For Being Fake

There is a lot of questionable content that comes across twitter these days. Some of it we, the savvy public, know is questionable — like the seemingly endless stream of parody accounts such as those for Lord Voldemort, Mark Zuckerberg, Betty White, and William Shakespeare. But fake accounts that seem at first glance to have… Read more »

Daily Dose: Should Airport Screening Continue to be Privatized?

Orlando Sanford International Airport has received preliminary approval to use private security screeners to screen passengers and personal property. It may now be one of the airports operating under the Screening Partnership Program, of which there are currently 16. TSA Tentatively Okay’s Private Screeners in Orlando Many Republicans are in support of the privatization of… Read more »

Daily Dose: House Hearing Criticizes Size and Scope of the TSA

The Transportation Security Administration has been a hot-bed of House GOP criticism for months, most recently noted by the House Homeland Security transportation subcommittee hearing titled “TSA’s Efforts to Fix Its Poor Customer Service Reputation and Become a Leaner, Smarter Agency.” The title was objected to by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.), who claimed that… Read more »

Daily Dose: OPM Chief tours colleges encouraging graduates to consider a career in public service

It’s a daunting task getting into the federal workforce. Luckily the Office of Personnel Management Pathways Program can help recent graduates get there. OPM Chief John Berry spoke at the University of Maryland, College Park’s graduation ceremony this past Sunday about his career in the federal workforce, hoping to inspire some graduating seniors to look… Read more »

Daily Dose: Travel and Meeting Controls Placed on Government Agencies

Government travel and conferences will likely take a slowdown as new controls have been placed to curb spending in the wake of the GSA conference scandal. Jeffrey D. Zients, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget sent out a memo to government officials and wrote up a blog post outlining these new controls… Read more »

Daily Dose: CIA Refused to Waterboard Senator

Whether or not waterboarding is torture is apparently up for debate. What isn’t up for debate, however, is whether or not the CIA feared waterboarding would give Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) a heart attack. In a new book released by former CIA official Jose Rodriguez, he disclosed that the senator requested to be waterboarded, claiming… Read more »

Daily Dose: Defense Department releases bi-yearly report on progress in Afghanistan

The Defense Department Friday released its bi-yearly report entitled “Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan,” which provides insight as to how well Afghan national security efforts are going. The report offers also covers progress in rule of law, economics, and road conditions. It states that the situation is improving in Afghanistan, though… Read more »

Daily Dose: Leadership Remains One of the Lowest Ranked Federal Workplace Categories

Yesterday evening, Tom Fox reported that according to the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings, leadership remains to be one of the lowest ranked categories. Why are federal leaders receiving these low scores of 54.9 out of 100? Our government leaders, particularly the political and career senior executives, performed poorly when it… Read more »