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GAO: FEMA can't measure preparedness - yet

By definition, states would be overwhelmed by a major disaster. Is FEMA ready to step in? GAO's William Jenkins says they have no idea.

Friday - 03/25/2011, 10:41am EDT
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LexisNexis could help IRS boost tax processing efficiency

GAO found that one of the more daunting tasks for the IRS is determining who has passed away in the last year. Database provider LexisNexis could help.

Thursday - 03/24/2011, 05:51pm EDT
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GAO: DoD and VA need to communicate more

A program designed to help severely wounded veterans get life-long care isn't working the way it should.

Thursday - 03/24/2011, 11:40am EDT

CMS to take on improper payments in new way

The agency plans to follow the model credit card companies use to identify potential problems on the front end instead of trying to chase down the money after the fact. CMS accounts for about 46 percent of all improper payments across the government. Overall, OMB wants to reduce the governmentwide error rate to 4.18 percent by 2013.

Thursday - 03/24/2011, 07:47am EDT
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Assad: KC-X to lead the way in procurements

Shay Assad, director of the office of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, told industry professionals Thursday that DoD would provide them with a clearer picture of what the Pentagon wants when it issues solicitations to industry. Past acquisition processes, he said, had forced vendors to guess what factors DoD thought were truly important.

Friday - 03/18/2011, 07:48am EDT
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GAO: How to enhance agency performance under GPRA

Berniece Steinhardt, GAO's Director of Governmentwide Management Issues, explains how agencies can adopt more coordinated approaches to achieve meaningful results.

Thursday - 03/17/2011, 03:46pm EDT
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Debt limit's impact on your Thrift Savings Plan

Does the battle over the debt limit have an impact on the TSP super-safe G fund?

Monday - 03/14/2011, 04:58pm EDT
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GAO: State could get more bang out of training buck

Jess Ford, the director of International Affairs and Trade Issues at the GAO, explains how State can better invest in training.

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 04:14pm EST
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GAO sustains protests of DHS $450M award to CACI

The Government Accountability Office sustained protests from two losing bidders under the Transformation and System Consolidation (TASC) program, say government and industry sources.

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 12:48pm EST

Time to update the federal CIO law?

Sen. Collins asked GAO to study the current roles and responsibilities of these senior technology managers. This would be the third such study from GAO since 1996, but first since 2005. VA's CIO Roger Baker reiterates his call to give CIOs oversight and authority of their IT budget.

Monday - 03/07/2011, 07:34am EST
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Interagency board identifies underused fed buildings

Congress is holding the government accountable for federal building ownership and leasing. Rep. Holmes Norton is asking GSA for access to excess building data.

Friday - 03/04/2011, 06:15pm EST

OMB, oversight committee fail to connect

Rep. Issa and other Republicans criticize the administration for not testifying on GAO report on duplicative programs. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee promises quarterly hearings on how agencies are chipping away at the widespread overlap.

Friday - 03/04/2011, 07:19am EST
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GAO: Interior's challenges include resource protection, backlog

The Government Accountability Office has released a list of seven major management challenges at Interior. The challenges range from land acquisition to information security.

Thursday - 03/03/2011, 03:52pm EST
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GAO identifies duplicate programs for potential cuts

Janet Saint Laurent, GAO's managing director for defense capabilities and management issues, shares details of some of the duplicate programs.

Wednesday - 03/02/2011, 04:26pm EST
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Will budget cuts be easier on heels of new GAO report?

The Government Accountability Office released its first annual report required by Congress to examine overlap among federal programs. Auditors found agencies have redundant programs in everything from contracting to food safety to literacy education.

Tuesday - 03/01/2011, 12:44pm EST

USPS, DHS, DoD contribute to 'dire' finances

Last week the International Monetary Fund cautioned the government on spending. So how bad are federal finances? We ask GAO's Jeanette Franzel

Monday - 02/21/2011, 10:08am EST
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DoD on path to obtain clean books by 2017

The Defense Department's deputy chief financial officer said Friday that the department believes it will achieve the 2017 deadline to produce auditable financial statements. DoD is approaching the problem in way that makes clear that clean books are not only the responsibility of its accountants, he said.

Monday - 02/21/2011, 07:18am EST
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Dodaro tells agencies how to stay off high-risk list

Comptroller General Gene Dodaro discusses government management and projects on the high-risk list.

Thursday - 02/17/2011, 04:22pm EST
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'More intense' high-risk oversight planned

GAO's biannual list includes 30 programs that are in trouble. House and Senate members promise to focus more of their attention on the initiatives most at risk. Members plan to use the model that worked for DoD and personnel security clearances in other problematic areas.

Thursday - 02/17/2011, 07:25am EST
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DoD's footprint reduced on GAO High Risk List

The government watchdog agency highlights 30 areas that are at-risk of major problems or failure. Auditors added Interior's handling of gas and oil resources, but several on-going challenges saw the scope of oversight shrink because of progress agencies have made.

Wednesday - 02/16/2011, 12:05pm EST
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