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6:57 pm, April 27, 2015

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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

GAO: HealthCare.gov leaders 'managed to deadlines'

The second round of open season on HealthCare.gov went a lot better than the first. But problems still lurk behind the scenes of the website, even with the rapid response team the government and the private sector deployed to get the site back on track. Valerie Melvin is director of information management and technology resource issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she outlined seven recommendations to help CMS fix the lingering issues with the system.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 04:41pm EDT
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Greg Wilshusen, Director of Information Security Issues, GAO

The FAA has taken some steps to help protect its air traffic control systems from hackers and cyber criminals. But there's still work to be done. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Some of the weaknesses were new, like identifying and authenticating users. Other date back years. Greg Wilshusen, the director of Information Security Issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what the report found.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 09:12am EDT
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David Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

Taking 10 years to settle a whistleblower complaint could get a company in trouble with the Justice Department. But what if it's a Justice Department agency that takes so long? The Justice Department needs to improve how it handles whistleblower retaliation complaints from the FBI. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. David Maurer, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 10:23am EST
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David Powner, Director of IT Management Issues, GAO

The Internal Revenue Service is making technology investments to move away from some programs it says started during the Kennedy Administration. Congress repeatedly slashed and froze its budget over the past five years, so it's important for the IRS to know exactly how much its IT investments will cost. According to the Government Accountability office, that's not exactly the case today. David Powner is director of information technology management issues at the GAO. He shared three recommendations to improve how the IRS tracks its investments with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:14pm EST
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James White, Director of Tax Issues, GAO

The IRS has a problem. It needs to send refund checks to law-abiding taxpayers in a timely fashion, while also looking out for identity thieves. A new report from the Government Accountability Office says one way to do that is to change the formula the agency uses to assess identity theft fraud. Last year, the IRS handed out $6 billion in fraudulent claims. James White, the director of tax issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report's findings.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:23am EST
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GAO: Ratings inflation, shrinking performance awards trouble SES system

What's the difference between an amazing senior executive and a pretty good one? Not much, says the Government Accountability Office after reviewing agencies' pay-for-performance compensation systems.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 06:00am EST

Vijay D'Souza, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

Improper payments associated with the military's TRICARE health system added up to about 0.3 percent of DoD's overall costs. Improper payments associated with Medicare were more than 10 percent of overall costs for the Health and Human Services Department. Vijay D'Souza is director of health care issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said TRICARE's low rate of improper payments might be too good to be true.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:47pm EST
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Bill Shear, Director of Financial Markets and Community Investment Issues, GAO

The Small Business Administration has a problem with its Historically Underutilized Business Zones designation. According to a new GAO report, SBA has no way to inform businesses when they might no longer qualify as a HUBZone. Or when the zone they operate in might not longer be considered a HUBZone. For more on the report, and what SBA can do to improve, Bill Shear, director of Financial Markets and Community Investment Issues at the GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 10:06am EST
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Zina Merritt, Director of Defense Capabilities, GAO

The Pentagon has decades-old management problems it needs to scrub if it wants to get off the High-Risk List at the Government Accountability Office. But the department has changed a lot since GAO first added its business transformation plan to the list in 2005. Zina Merritt is director of defense capabilities and management issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how close DoD is to getting its plan off the High-Risk list.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 04:47pm EST
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FITARA implementation listening tour

The Office of Management and Budget is getting kudos for its initial steps to implement the Federal Information Technology Reform Act (FITARA).

Monday - 02/16/2015, 05:11am EST

Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General, GAO

The 2015 edition of the High Risk List is out from the Government Accountability Office. It includes two new areas, and no areas came off the list this year. Gene Dodaro is Comptroller General of the United States. He introduced the List this week and testified about it to both the House and the Senate. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he gets one question about the High Risk List more than any other.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 05:08pm EST
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