Wyoming's Department of Audit says 13 of 79 towns with populations under 4,000 have not been audited in a decade. Many towns cannot afford audits, and until 1992, audits were performed by the state every four years.
The Chicago Police Department's inefficient management of overtime has led to "wide-scale waste and a culture of abuse," said Inspector General Joe Ferguson. An audit found that 99.4% of overtime entries were left blank or had generic reason codes.
The Internal Revenue Service has suspended a contract with Equifax after security incidents at the credit bureau. Under the contract, the IRS used Equifax to verify the identity of taxpayers who were in communication with the agency.
California Gov. Brown (Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images)
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law this month that authorizes fines of up to $5,000 for anyone who interferes with state audits. Officials at the University of California were recently accused of interfering with a state audit.
The Labor Department is expanding a pilot that uses audits to determine when a pension plan has former employees who have not taken a lump-sum payment and are not receiving benefits. The program will undergo a nationwide rollout, which will put pressure on plan administrators to find "missing" participants or their beneficiaries, said Norma Sharara of Mercer.
An audit of a county sheriff's office in Utah found time card fraud, improper spending and unauthorized use of vehicles and equipment. Sheriff Todd Richardson attributed the findings to paperwork errors.
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The vulnerability of a Social Security number increases each time it is used, and the system has "outlived its usefulness," says White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce. He wants government agencies and departments to offer input on a replacement.
Reps. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Tom Graves, R-Ga., introduced the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act, also known as the "hack back bill," in the House on Friday. The bill would allow hacking victims to destroy or steal back the information taken from them, but the victims would be required to notify the FBI's cybercrimes division before retaliating against cyberattackers.
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