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12:23 am, September 22, 2014

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CMS sets new deadline to fix two dozen HealthCare.gov cyber shortfalls

Marilyn Tavenner, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator, promised House lawmakers Thursday that the site would be better protected when open enrollment begins in two months. The recent attack on the HealthCare.gov didn't succeed in stealing any data, DHS says. But some lawmakers say a year into the Affordable Care Act, the website still has basic cybersecurity challenges that should have been fixed.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 04:17am EDT

Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

Your agency has six ways to guarantee good training and skill development for your employees, according to the Government Accountability Office. The Homeland Security Department is doing about half of those. David Maurer is Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how DHS should beef up its training programs.

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Is it all or nothing on General Schedule reform?

The number of job series should be reduced by at least half, and more likely by three-quarters, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal. It also makes for an arduous and overly complex hiring process for applicants from outside government.

Monday - 09/15/2014, 10:20am EDT

Brenda Farrell, Government Accountability Office

Like many agencies, the Defense and Homeland Security departments have been challenged to get the security clearances needed by their employees. Yet equally challenging is what happens when officials need to revoke someone's clearance. The Government Accountability Office found the departments have work to do there. Auditors found inconsistencies in both agencies' data on employees eligible to access classified information. Brenda Farrell is the director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at the GAO. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the GAO study and its recommendations.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:59am EDT
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Robert Goldenkoff, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

The Government Accountability Office has eight recommendations it believes are essential to a modern federal pay scale system. But it's up to the Office of Personnel Management to make them happen. Robert Goldenkoff is Director of Strategic Issues at the Government Accountability Office. He explained the recommendations on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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GAO updates Green Book to help agencies navigate a risky time

GAO has released the first major revision since 1999 of the book on management controls. The update maintains the five major components of internal control from past editions, but it adds depth in the form of 17 principles. It is meant for both federal managers and auditors.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 02:42pm EDT
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GAO to OPM: Hurry up and overhaul the GS System

In a new report, the Government Accountability Office says the Office of Personnel Management needs to be more aggressive in updating the 55-year-old General Schedule, the system that governs pay for most white-collar federal jobs.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:46pm EDT
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Kathleen King, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

Medicare contractors are trying too hard to reduce improper payments. The Government Accountability Office says they're doing too many compliance reviews on their own work. Kathleen King is Director of Health Care Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the extra effort to make sure the program runs smoothly is wasting time and money.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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Tester targets tax-delinquent Defense contractors

Lawmaker asks National Security Director James Clapper to take action against the tax- delinquents and inform them that their potentially harmful financial behaviors put the nation's security at risk.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:18pm EDT

GAO: More detail needed from GSA on swap-construct exchanges

If the General Services Administration wants to swap its underutilized assets for private sector properties, it needs to provide more detailed information to potential responders, says a new Government Accountability Office report.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:13pm EDT

Edda Emmanuelli Perez, Government Accountability Office

The Pentagon broke a couple of federal laws when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, according to the Government Accountability Office. Edda Emmanuelli Perez, managing associate general counsel at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the origin of the investigation.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 07:28am EDT
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GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

Congressional investigators say Pentagon violated law with swap of Army prisoner for 5 Taliban

Friday - 08/22/2014, 07:48am EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Do officials who award contracts really know whom they're giving money to? Agencies are supposed to record past experiences with contractors in a shared database. The Government Accountability Office finds drastically different levels of compliance across government. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss who knows what about whom.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:24am EDT
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Contract performance reporting improves, but not good enough

Although agency compliance with evaluating and reporting on contractor performance has improved 17 percent overall in the past year, the majority of agencies have not met the targets set by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, according to a new audit by the Government Accountability Office.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 05:14pm EDT

Debra Draper, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

The Defense Department has an extra layer of healthcare coverage it doesn't need. DoD's Family Health Plan offers premium health benefits for employees that can't access a TRICARE facility. But the Government Accountability Office says most of the people enrolled in the Family Health Plan have access to a TRICARE facility. Debra Draper is Director of Health Care Issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained where the FHP comes from, and why the Pentagon doesn't need it anymore.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 04:15pm EDT
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Bill Woods, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

It's been a while since the problems surrounding HealthCare.gov were front page news. But a new examination of the site's troubled launch by the Government Accountability Office makes very clear that the IT acquisition problems that existed in the program over the past few years are not a thing of the past, and users could run into trouble once again during the next open enrollment period. Bill Woods is Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he shared some conclusions from their examination of the acquisition challenges at CMS.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Carol Cha, Government Accountability Office

USASpending.gov was supposed to be the go-to place for all federal spending. But after a couple of years of operation, it's only halfway there. The Government Accountability Office finds that agencies do a decent job of reporting contract spending. But when it comes to grants and awards, it's another story. Carol Cha is the director of information technology acquisition management issues at the GAO. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the chief findings from her agency's audit.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 02:49pm EDT
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Massive inconsistencies continue to affect USASpending.gov data

A Government Accountability Office probe of USASpending.gov, the government's awards website, found that while contracting information was generally correct, only 2-to-7 percent of awards listed on the site perfectly matched agency data. GAO recommended better record keeping policies be set by the Office of Management and Budget to avoid inconsistencies.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 05:19am EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

After spending $1 billion on a failed border security fence project, the Homeland Security Department restarted the project a couple of years ago. But it didn't get far. A $145 million award for seven new surveillance towers has been halted thanks to a successful protest. Raytheon filed the protest against the winning bidder, EFW, an affiliate of the Israeli defense contractor Elbit. The Government Accountability Office sustained the protest. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to sort out the case.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 08:56am EDT
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FBI narrows down final locations for new headquarters

The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations wants to know how agencies plan to dispose of and consolidate more than 7,000 federal properties worth $350 billion. On the same day, the FBI announced the finalists for the site of its consolidated relocation.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 06:21pm EDT
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