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Financial Management News

Treasury primes e-invoicing platform ahead of OMB policy

A new memo from the Office of Management and Budget is expected to require agencies to use an established electronic invoice processing platform by a certain date. About 80 agencies already use the IPP to process about 500,000 invoices a year.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:37am EDT
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GAO: Agencies need to keep better tabs on the mobile devices they issue

Inspectors zeroed in on the 15 federal agencies with the highest reported annual telecommunications spending. What they found shows inadequate procedures for monitoring and controlling spending on cell phones.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 04:11pm EDT
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19 agencies receive accountability awards

Agencies with a track record in financial transparency were recognized at an award reception Wednesday, hosted by AGA.

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 10:42am EDT

Bill offers feds $10,000 to report wasteful spending

The newly introduced bill could curb "agency bloat" and the tendency for them to spend frivolously at the end of the year, said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of the co-sponsors of the bill.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 05:20pm EDT

From bomb-detecting elephants to catfish inspections, new waste books slam agency spending

Agencies are wasting more than $1 billion on duplicative and unnecessary programs, according to two new reports from members of Congress.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 03:44pm EDT
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An update on GSA's transactional data reporting rule

Brian Miller, managing director in the Disputes and Investigations Practice at Navigant will give us his thoughts on GSA's transactional data reporting rule.
May 5, 2015

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 07:36pm EDT
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OMB looks for new ways to modernize shared service centers' aging IT

The decision a decade ago to migrate agencies' payment functions into a few government mega-centers that specialize in HR and financial management has saved money and kept checks moving on time. But the IT systems backing those shared service centers are getting old, and no one's quite sure how to fund their replacements.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 03:44am EDT

DoD to miss 2017 audit deadline, says deputy chief management officer nominee

Peter Levine, the nominee to be the Pentagon's next deputy chief management officer, said he will need to choose his battles carefully over the next 18 months. His focus areas will include DoD headquarters spending and acquisition reform, he told senators Tuesday.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:08am EDT
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Change management across the Federal Acquisition Service

Kevin Youel Page, deputy commissioner for the Federal Acquisition Service, joins host Roger Waldron, to discuss the impacts of category management, and the future of the Common Acquisition Platform.
April 14, 2015

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 05:46pm EDT
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Ann Amrhein, Deputy Associate Commissioner, SSA

A group of Social Security Administration employees developed a Web application that lets analysts sift through terabytes of data. They can use a nearly infinite number of search criteria. That's enabled the agency to detect and prevent a lot of fraud and abuse. The application has gotten some attention. It was one of 30 finalists for ACT-IAC's 2015 "Igniting Innovation" awards. Ann Amrhein, the deputy associate commissioner in the Office of Earnings, Enumerations and Administrative Systems, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about the award-winning program.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:49am EDT
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Shawn McCarthy, Research Director, IDC Government Insights

Chief financial officers are becoming important influencers of IT investment choices. That's true even though the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act gives chief information officers budget authority. So it's more important than ever for CFOs and CIOs to form strong collaborative relationships. Shawn McCarthy, the research director at IDC Government Insights, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share 10 steps to help boost that partnership.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:44am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Congress watches over military voting, Air Force staff cuts

In this edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has asked the GAO to review the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the DoD office in charge of helping military members and civilians living abroad cast their ballots. Plus, Sen. John McCain, sends a letter to the Air Force accusing it of engaging in a shell game with its workforce.

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:50am EDT

Change management across the Federal Acquisition Service

Kevin Youel Page, deputy commissioner for the Federal Acquisition Service, joins host Roger Waldron, to discuss the impacts of category management, and the future of the Common Acquisition Platform.
March 31, 2015

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 05:46pm EDT
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IG revokes decision on DoD's first clean audit

The Defense Department's inspector general has reversed its findings on the Marine Corps' 2012 schedule of budgetary activity, saying the clean opinion it first issued is no longer to be relied upon. The 2012 SBA had been the first successful financial audit for any of the military departments.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 10:18am EDT
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HHS trying to untangle itself from typical shared services shortcomings

The Department of Health and Human Services is suffering from what many believe are the two major reasons why shared services continues to lag in government.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 04:51am EDT

Bill Beyer, Partner, Deloitte

Shared services may be the biggest unrealized efficiency move the government can make. The principle is simple: Rather than duplicating the same function in every agency, use a common service provider. So why is the idea so slow to take off? That's what Deloitte and the Partnership for Public Service tried to find out. Deloitte director Bill Beyer, co-author of their new report, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the findings.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 10:35am EDT
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Shared services report reveals CFOs' skepticism

In a new report, the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte Consulting say the Obama administration needs to increase accountability and guidance if it wants agencies to embrace shared service providers. The study draws from interviews with 18 high-level officials, most of them chief financial officers.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 06:00pm EDT
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Quehl: Public-private partnerships can drive shared services success

The push for shared services gets more momentum, as the push to save money and improve performance gets heavier emphasis from the Office of Management and Budget. Public-private partnerships are proving to be a win-win for both parties at all levels of government. Scott Quehl, senior principal at Accenture Federal Services and former chief financial officer at the Commerce Department, is writing about the junction of shared services and public-private partnerships. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he lays out the reasons shared services should get more attention.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 05:34pm EDT
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OMB's Dave Mader: A 'zealot' for shared services

The controller in the Office of Management and Budget says the next two years are critical for financial management shared services. Mader said along with Treasury, OMB will be determining how best to get agencies to move to one of four federal providers.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 06:39pm EST
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New coalition helps agencies 'pick up the pace' on shared services

Shared services providers could potentially save the federal government $50 billion per year, according to John Marshall, founder and CEO of a newly-created coalition. The Shared Services Leadership Coalition (SSLC), launched Tuesday, will help the government quickly consolidate several agency-specific platforms into a few government-wide ones.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 11:38am EST
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