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Lawmakers push DoD, Energy for answers on IT supply chain security

Two GAO reports find agencies lack oversight and controls over ensuring vendors buy the components for hardware and software from trusted sources. DoD is ahead of most agencies. It is using intelligence expertise to secure the supply chain of national security systems.

Wednesday - 03/28/2012, 05:21am EDT
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Bill will propose combining Energy, EPA into one agency

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is introducing legislation this week to consolidate the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency into a single agency.

Monday - 03/26/2012, 12:57pm EDT

Army systems leave soldiers vulnerable to late, inaccurate pay

The Government Accountability Office says that even while the Army has made some strides toward improving its pay practices, the service is a long way off from the kind of data integrity independent experts would need to see in order to green light the systems as audit-ready.

Friday - 03/23/2012, 05:37am EDT
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GAO finds competition lacking in some DoD contracts

Michele Mackin, the assistant director for Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at GAO, joined In Depth with Francis to discuss a recent report by GAO that found competition in some defense contracts lacking. Bill Woods, the director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, discussed efforts to create a streamlined system for federal contracting data.

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 08:11pm EDT
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Lieberman puts reorg authority on 'bucket list'

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) has sponsored legislation to revive the fast-track authority requested by President Barack Obama. Other senators, however, want more details before signing off on the plan that, in part, would allow the President to merge overlapping business- and trade-related agencies.

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 05:11pm EDT

IRS customer data at risk, GAO reports

The Internal Revenue Service's systems leave taxpayer data at risk according to government auditors.

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 09:03am EDT

Rate of Air Force contracts awarded by competitive procurements declines

n 2007, 75 percent of the Air Force's service contracts were awarded through competitive procurements. By last year, that had fallen to 59 percent.

Friday - 03/16/2012, 12:50pm EDT

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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