Jul 9, 2015

Construction Costs and Delays at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul

CLICK HERE TO VIEW GAO REPORT TAKEAWAYS: Construction of the Kabul Embassy Compound is now projected to come in at least 27 percent over budget and more than three years behind schedule. The project was originally expected to cost $625 million. It is now estimated to cost at least $792 million. The Government ...

Jun 25, 2015

A Review of Veterans Affairs Major Lease Procurement

 PURPOSE: To review the process by which Veterans Affairs (VA) leases outpatient clinics. To identify efficiencies that will benefit veterans who seek access to nearby, modern medical facilities through the examination of specific cases, such as the Community-Based Outpatient Clinic of St. Johns County, Florida.

Jun 25, 2015

IRS: TIGTA Update Part II

PURPOSE: To focus on the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s (TIGTA) findings with respect to Lois Lerner’s recovered e-mails and to examine the ...

Jun 24, 2015

OPM Data Breach: Part II

PURPOSE: To provide Members an opportunity to gain additional information on the security of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) information systems and the data it is entrusted to protect. To examine OPM compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).   BACKGROUND: On June 4, OPM announced a data breach and its plan to notify approximately 4 million individuals whose ...

Jun 19, 2015

Operation Something Bruin

Jun 17, 2015

A Review of the President’s Executive Actions on Immigration

PURPOSE: To examine the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) implementation of the President’s executive actions on immigration. To review the approval of benefits to aliens unlawfully present in the United ...

Jun 17, 2015

Drones: The Next Generation of Commerce?

PURPOSE: To discuss the challenges and economic impact of regulating emerging technology for personal and commercial uses, as well as the privacy concerns inherent with the proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles, referred to as “drones.”   BACKGROUND: On February 15, 2015 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a proposed rule on the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The ...

Jun 16, 2015

Fair Competition in International Shipping

PURPOSE: To examine the Universal Postal Union (UPU) terminal dues rate setting structure and process to better understand the challenges facing the United States, the inequities that result from the current system, and opportunities for reform. BACKGROUND: Established in 1874, the UPU coordinates international postal policies and ...

Jun 16, 2015

OPM: Data Breach

PURPOSE: To provide Members an opportunity to gain information on the nature and extent of the recent U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach. To discuss federal agency compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). BACKGROUND: On

Jun 11, 2015

Examining Fraud, Waste, and Abuse at the Export-Import Bank

PURPOSE: To examine fraud, waste, and abuse at the Bank and the Inspector General’s efforts to address deficiencies with the Bank’s management and internal controls. To follow up on findings from the