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GAO to OPM: Hurry up and overhaul the GS System

In a new report, the Government Accountability Office says the Office of Personnel Management needs to be more aggressive in updating the 55-year-old General Schedule, the system that governs pay for most white-collar federal jobs.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:46pm EDT
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Kathleen King, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

Medicare contractors are trying too hard to reduce improper payments. The Government Accountability Office says they're doing too many compliance reviews on their own work. Kathleen King is Director of Health Care Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the extra effort to make sure the program runs smoothly is wasting time and money.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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Tester targets tax-delinquent Defense contractors

Lawmaker asks National Security Director James Clapper to take action against the tax- delinquents and inform them that their potentially harmful financial behaviors put the nation's security at risk.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:18pm EDT

GAO: More detail needed from GSA on swap-construct exchanges

If the General Services Administration wants to swap its underutilized assets for private sector properties, it needs to provide more detailed information to potential responders, says a new Government Accountability Office report.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:13pm EDT

Edda Emmanuelli Perez, Government Accountability Office

The Pentagon broke a couple of federal laws when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, according to the Government Accountability Office. Edda Emmanuelli Perez, managing associate general counsel at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the origin of the investigation.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 07:28am EDT
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GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

Congressional investigators say Pentagon violated law with swap of Army prisoner for 5 Taliban

Friday - 08/22/2014, 07:48am EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Do officials who award contracts really know whom they're giving money to? Agencies are supposed to record past experiences with contractors in a shared database. The Government Accountability Office finds drastically different levels of compliance across government. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss who knows what about whom.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:24am EDT
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Contract performance reporting improves, but not good enough

Although agency compliance with evaluating and reporting on contractor performance has improved 17 percent overall in the past year, the majority of agencies have not met the targets set by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, according to a new audit by the Government Accountability Office.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 05:14pm EDT

Debra Draper, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

The Defense Department has an extra layer of healthcare coverage it doesn't need. DoD's Family Health Plan offers premium health benefits for employees that can't access a TRICARE facility. But the Government Accountability Office says most of the people enrolled in the Family Health Plan have access to a TRICARE facility. Debra Draper is Director of Health Care Issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained where the FHP comes from, and why the Pentagon doesn't need it anymore.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 04:15pm EDT
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Bill Woods, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

It's been a while since the problems surrounding HealthCare.gov were front page news. But a new examination of the site's troubled launch by the Government Accountability Office makes very clear that the IT acquisition problems that existed in the program over the past few years are not a thing of the past, and users could run into trouble once again during the next open enrollment period. Bill Woods is Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he shared some conclusions from their examination of the acquisition challenges at CMS.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Carol Cha, Government Accountability Office

USASpending.gov was supposed to be the go-to place for all federal spending. But after a couple of years of operation, it's only halfway there. The Government Accountability Office finds that agencies do a decent job of reporting contract spending. But when it comes to grants and awards, it's another story. Carol Cha is the director of information technology acquisition management issues at the GAO. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the chief findings from her agency's audit.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 02:49pm EDT
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Massive inconsistencies continue to affect USASpending.gov data

A Government Accountability Office probe of USASpending.gov, the government's awards website, found that while contracting information was generally correct, only 2-to-7 percent of awards listed on the site perfectly matched agency data. GAO recommended better record keeping policies be set by the Office of Management and Budget to avoid inconsistencies.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 05:19am EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

After spending $1 billion on a failed border security fence project, the Homeland Security Department restarted the project a couple of years ago. But it didn't get far. A $145 million award for seven new surveillance towers has been halted thanks to a successful protest. Raytheon filed the protest against the winning bidder, EFW, an affiliate of the Israeli defense contractor Elbit. The Government Accountability Office sustained the protest. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to sort out the case.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 08:56am EDT
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FBI narrows down final locations for new headquarters

The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations wants to know how agencies plan to dispose of and consolidate more than 7,000 federal properties worth $350 billion. On the same day, the FBI announced the finalists for the site of its consolidated relocation.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 06:21pm EDT

DoD gave security clearances to thousands of 'federal tax cheats'

About 83,000 Defense Department employees and contractors, who held or were determined eligible for a security clearance, owed more than $730 million in unpaid taxes as of June 2012, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Per GAO's recommendations, the Office of Personnel Management, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and DoD are now working to include tax-compliance checks to enhance security clearance processes.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 04:33pm EDT

Rep. Latham wants to beef up agency performance requirements

Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) introduced a bill requiring agencies to use continuous process improvement measures. The bipartisan "Lean and Responsive Government Act" looks to improve efficiency and effectiveness in agency management.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 04:19am EDT

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The Government Accountability Office is in the middle of an ongoing, multi-year study on the pay system, and taking its findings to Capitol Hill. A House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee looked at the General Schedule last week. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. She shared her own ideas of how to reform the General Schedule on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 03:58pm EDT
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Robert Goldenkoff, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Restructuring the way the federal government organizes its employees is all of a sudden a big focus on Capitol Hill. Bills to change or kill the General Schedule are already floating around, and more may come. The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census looked at the future of the General Schedule with witnesses from the Office of Personnel Management, the Federal Managers Association, the American Federation of Government Employees and the Government Accountability Office. Robert Goldenkoff is Director of Strategic Issues at the GAO. He told the committee HR management in the Federal government has been on the GAO's High Risk list since 2001, but he said not all the news is bad on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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Steve Bucci, Heritage Foundation

Federal officials say Chinese hackers broke into the networks of the Government Accountability Office and the Government Printing Office back in March. While news of Chinese cyber attacks on federal agencies isn't unprecedented, the March attacks, first reported by the New York Times, have some observers scratching their heads. They say it's unclear why those two agencies would be targeted -- particularly in the case of GPO. Steve Bucci is director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation. He's also former deputy assistant Defense secretary. He said the attacks shouldn't come as a surprise on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Friday - 07/18/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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NOAA faced with tough choices as hurricane-tracking planes near end of lifespan

NOAA planes used for tracking and forecasting hurricanes -- known as the P-3 Orion -- are reaching the end of their lifespan, according to a report published by the Government Accountability Office.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 10:25am EDT
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