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OMB's pause of financial systems had little effect on cost, schedule

GAO reviewed the administration's implementation of the July 2010 memo calling for a government-wide review of financial management projects. Auditors found about half of the projects said there was no change in cost and three-quarters said their schedule remained the same.

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 05:08pm EDT
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GAO duplication report a 'scorecard' of agency progress

The Government Accountability Office recently reported on 51 areas in which the federal government could cut, streamline, or otherwise reduce duplication. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the report.

Monday - 03/12/2012, 08:57pm EDT
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GAO enhancing user experience on mobile devices

More than a year ago, the Government Accountability Office launched its mobile website to allow users to access reports, testimonies and other documents.

Monday - 03/12/2012, 08:46am EDT
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GAO: DHS plan a 'roadmap' for coming off high-risk list

The Homeland Security Department has had management issues since its foundation nearly a decade ago. But the Government Accountability Office is finding some signs that the department is heading in the right direction. David Maurer, the director of homeland security and justice issues at GAO

Thursday - 03/08/2012, 07:30pm EST
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DHS unification still high risk 9 years later

A check-up of how well the Homeland Security Department is unifying its 22 agencies finds the patient getting better, but still weak. The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management examined the agency's acquisition, human resources and financial management systems. While DHS has a roadmap for improvement, it may not have the tools to implement it.

Friday - 03/02/2012, 01:57pm EST
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GAO recommends DoD prioritize joint capability needs

John Pendleton, the director of defense capabilities and management issues at GAO, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss a recent report assessing DoD joint capability needs.

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 07:50pm EST
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Congress blames itself for duplicative programs

Faced with a 423-page report from the Government Accountability Office detailing potential duplication, fragmentation and overlap in nearly every corner of government, lawmakers pointed a finger at themselves for reducing oversight of federal programs and trying to fix problems without understanding what solutions the government already offered.

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 05:57pm EST

GAO: 'Virtually all' agencies may have overlapping programs

From food safety to economic development, federal programs are filled with potential duplication, fragmentation and overlap, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. GAO identified 51 new areas that need attention at a time when Congress is debating department budgets and the White House is calling for greater authority to reorganize agencies.

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 08:00am EST

GAO: Work needed to correct errors in TARP financial statements

Gary Engel, GAO's director of financial management, says the Treasury Department's Office of Financial Stability, which implements TARP, still needs to establish a mechanism for effective implementation of its review and approval process for preparing its financial statements.

Monday - 02/27/2012, 12:12pm EST
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GAO: EPA has $2B in unobligated Superfund money

Carolyn Yocom is the director in GAO's health care practice.

Friday - 02/24/2012, 09:46am EST
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GAO: Duplicative IT programs total $1.2 billion

David Powner, the director of information technology management issues at GAO, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss a recent report on duplicative IT investments at the Defense, Energy and Homeland Security Departments.

Thursday - 02/23/2012, 07:35pm EST
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GAO's Rich Stana reflects on a career he never anticipated

Former Government Accountability Office Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues Rich Stana never aspired to public service. As a newly-minted business school graduate, he interviewed for jobs at banks and companies, but didn't find them appealing. Then his dean suggested applying to GAO, where he could apply his business knowledge to auditing government programs. Stana never looked back. He retired in December after 35 years.

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 11:54am EST
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GAO: Long-term savings, short-term hurdle in dollar coin switch

The federal government could save $4.4 billion over the next three decades by phasing out the $1 bill with a $1 coin, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. But the cost estimates for the first 10 years actually spell a loss for the government to the tune of $531 million.

Monday - 02/20/2012, 06:19pm EST
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Better IT governance helping some agencies reduce duplication

Energy, DHS and DoD CIOs told House lawmakers how each of their agencies is reducing duplicative systems. GAO released its latest report on the IT dashboard and found the three agencies need to improve how they categorize projects.

Monday - 02/20/2012, 07:11am EST
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GAO: DHS makes progress on retaining senior leaders

David Maurer, the director of Homeland Security and Justice issues at the Government Accountability Office, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the results of a recent report on turnover in the Homeland Security Department's senior ranks.

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 07:55pm EST
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Congress pushes back against another round of BRAC

DoD officials say as the number of troops shrink so should their real estate holdings. Lawmakers are wary about reducing troop and bases levels too much, and the expense of the Base Realignment and Closure process.

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 05:13am EST
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Congress mulls expansion of VA's system to verify veteran-owned firms

The Veterans Affairs Department's process for verifying eligibility in the service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses program could become standard procedure for all agencies. VA is the only department that checks to make sure contractors are eligible.

Friday - 02/10/2012, 07:56pm EST
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Legislative agencies' 2013 budget requests spell reduced staff, cuts

The Government Accountability Office, Congressional Budget Office, Government Printing Office and Library of Congress testified before a House committee this week on their fiscal-year 2013 budget requests. While they vary in many ways, none stray too far from 2012 funding numbers that cut the agencies' budgets.

Friday - 02/10/2012, 04:06pm EST

DoD converts 17K civilian jobs under insourcing initiative

The finds of those 17,000 jobs, the Army brought the most contractor positions back to federal employees, 42 percent.

Friday - 02/10/2012, 09:39am EST

Agencies see success in stemming tide of improper payments

Beryl Davis, the director of financial management and assurance issues at GAO, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the findings of a recent report detailing how agencies cut improper payments.

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 08:22pm EST
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