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Investigators warn airplane computers could be hacked

Government investigators warn that airline passengers could hack the computers in a cockpit

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:38pm EDT

OMB, GAO confident in FITARA's impact as guidance is finalized

Federal CIO Tony Scott said he expects to release policy to implement the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act by mid-May. He and others say FITARA will help reign in technology and bring discipline to management and buying processes to reduce duplication.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 03:42am EDT
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Greg Wilshusen, Director of Information Security Issues, GAO

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has a list of 36 ways to improve its information security systems. The Government Accountability Office says it's finished with 27 of them, and the agency's completing the rest. Gregory Wilshusen is director of information security issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained ways to help the FDIC plug the rest of the gaps in its security systems.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 04:27pm EDT
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For better government, consolidate DoD bases, health care programs

On the road to better, more cost-effective government, Congress will have to consider consolidating military health care and ramping up tax enforcement at the Internal Revenue Service, the comptroller general says.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:35am EDT

David Powner, Director of IT Management Issues, GAO

A big part of a federal chief information officer's job is filing reports required by Congress or the White House. But a survey of CIOs shows they find two-thirds of the reports are at least a partial waste of time. The survey was conducted by the Government Accountability Office. It found that the Office of Management and Budget has tried to streamline the reporting process. But, GAO says OMB missed opportunities to address some of the challenges CIOs encounter. David Powner is director of information technology management issues at GAO. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the report and its findings.

Monday - 04/06/2015, 09:57am EDT
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Rich Wilkinson, Vice President for Client Services, NeoSystems

The Defense Contract Audit Agency has a backlog of around five years worth of Incurred Cost Submissions it needs to audit. The Government Accountability Office, the DoD Inspector General and Congress have all been critical of DCAA's inability to address the backlog. Now the agency is taking aggressive, and somewhat unusual, measures to address the problem. A policy memo went out recently with requirements for the agency's auditors; attached was a list exposing around 1,000 delinquent contractors. Rich Wilkinson is vice president for client services for NeoSystems. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how contractors should handle the situation.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 09:00am EDT
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Mark Goldstein, Physical Infrastructure Issues Director, GAO

Federal agencies are continuously adding security upgrades to their buildings to better protect their employees. But some agencies plan their upgrades in ways that can hide how much money they spend. Mark Goldstein is director of physical infrastructure issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained ways to better plan those security upgrades to make sure agencies don't spend too much money on them.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:19pm EDT
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Steve Koprince, Partner, Petefish, Immel, Heeb and Hird

Prime contractors that don't meet small business subcontracting goals can lose deals because of that failure. The Government Accountability Office denied a protest from a prime that wasn't even able to get into the final competition. Steve Koprince is a partner at Petefish, Immel, Heeb and Hird. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the facts of the case and what the GAO found when they looked at it.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:52pm EDT
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Brian Lepore, Director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues, GAO

The last round of base realignments and closures (BRAC) back in 2005 did some good. Many of the bases were repurposed and used to help the homeless. But BRAC had problems, too. As outlined in a new report from the Government Accountability Office, DoD and Housing and Urban Development don't track progress on base conversions very well. It's a concern as the Defense Department raises the urgency of its request for a new round of closures. Brian Lepore, director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at the GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the problem.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 09:56am EDT
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GAO Report: Feds to exceed costs for cleaning up nuke waste

The cost of cleaning up radioactive waste at one of the federal government's premier nuclear laboratories has already exceeded expectations and more cost overruns are expected, according to a report released Monday by a government watchdog.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 10:00pm EDT

Beryl Davis, Director of Financial Management and Assurance, GAO

Federal government agency improper payments are up almost $20 billion. The Government Accountability Office says its fiscal 2014 audit revealed agencies racked up a total of about $125 billion in improper payments. Beryl Davis, director of financial management and assurance issues at the GAO, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the root causes of the spending errors.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:43pm EDT
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Reverse auctions draw strong criticism on Capitol Hill

Reverse auctions are overused, underregulated and might be a monopoly, according to recent testimony on Capitol Hill.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 06:20pm EDT

GOP budget bills aim to bolster DoD funding, cut government waste

Republican lawmakers released their Fiscal Year 2016 budget plans this week, containing increased spending for the Pentagon, cuts for non-Defense operating budgets and a hike in federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:46pm EDT

Danny Werfel, Director, Boston Consulting Group

Improper payments from the federal government reached an all-time high last year. They totaled more than $124 billion a $19 billion increase from the previous high of $105 billion. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. White House officials are examining this trend and looking for ways to head improper payments down again. Danny Werfel, a former Controller in the Office of Management and Budget and now a Director with the Boston Consulting Group, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on how they might to do that.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:21am EDT
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Gwyn: Private sector doesn't buy enterprise IT like government

Data center consolidation is delivering more cost savings than the White House expected. The Government Accountability Office says by the end of fiscal year 2015, agencies will save $3.3 billion. That's $300 million beyond what the Office of Management and Budget expected. Dave Gwyn is the vice president of federal for Nutanix. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said agencies are missing out on a key detail that can drive up cost savings even more.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 04:15pm EDT
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Dodaro: GAO returns $100 for every $1 it's funded

The Government Accountability Office wants a 5.9 percent budget increase for FY 2016. Numbers from a new study by Deloitte show past funding of GAO has brought a good return on investment.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 05:18pm EDT
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Mike Sullivan, Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Defense Department couldn't provide reliable data on many of its current Acquisition Category II and III programs. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Those programs include everything from a multi-billion dollar radar modernization program to soldier clothing. Mike Sullivan, the director of acquisition and sourcing management at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:03am EDT
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OMB plays data matchmaker to combat rise in improper payments

David Mader, OMB controller, said the administration will target specific agencies with new technology to access more data to combat this long-standing challenge. GAO reported Feb. 26 that the governmentwide improper payment rate was 4.02 percent, meaning agencies misspent almost $125 billion in 2014.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 03:41am EDT
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Pentagon's Ginman reflects on four decades in Defense procurement

Richard Ginman, the director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, left government late last month. In an interview with Federal News Radio's On DoD a few days before his retirement, he reflected on what's changed during his 42-year career, and what hasn't.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 03:55am EDT
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GAO highlights two ways to fire poorly performing feds more easily

A new report finds longer probationary periods and better performance metrics can help address a long-standing complaint about terminating federal employees who are not meeting their job's requirements.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 05:14pm EDT
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