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2:40 pm, May 30, 2015

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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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Steve Lord, Managing Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, GAO

The Veterans Affairs Department has hundreds of land-use agreements worth tens of millions of dollars. It needs help in managing them. A new study by the Government Accountability Office found several agreements were recorded multiple times, and some revenue hadn't even been reported. Steve Lord, the managing director of Forensic Audits and Investigative Service at GAO, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more about how land-use agreements work and what GAO found.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 09:12am EST
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GAO adds IT acquisition, VA health care to High Risk List

The Government Accountability Office added two new issues to its ever-growing list of challenges for agencies. The biennial High Risk List includes six areas that have been problematic for 25 years.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:42am EST
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Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

As it does every two years at the start of a new Congress, the Government Accountability Office will release its "High Risk List" today. The list calls attention to agencies and programs GAO auditors believe are vulnerable to "fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement." Don Kettl, a professor at the University of Maryland's School for Public Policy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the guide, and what's different from the 2013 version.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 10:42am EST
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Keith Trippie, CEO, Trippie Group

Two new entries join this year's High-Risk List from the Government Accountability Office. Nextgov reports the GAO includes IT acquisition and veterans health care in its biennial risk assessment. Keith Trippie is CEO of Trippie Group, and former executive director of the Enterprise System Development Office in the CIO Office of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described the challenges agencies face to get off the list.

Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 04:23pm EST
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Robert Goldenkoff, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Good help is hard to find. That's especially true at federal agencies looking for smarts in cybersecurity and financial auditing. The latest look-see by the Government Accountability Office shows a number of mission-critical skills gaps in federal agencies. What can agencies do to fill the gaps? Robert Goldenkoff, the director of Strategic Issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 09:36am EST
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Marie Mak, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

Bid shopping is back on the radar screens of agencies across government. Prime contractors usually only do 10 to 40 percent of the work on federal construction projects. The Government Accountability Office says some of their subcontractors are accusing them of manipulating their agreements to pay them less and pocket the difference. Marie Mak, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the GAO, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how often prime contractors use bid shopping.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:16pm EST

OPM takes FAST track to closing skills gaps

The Office of Personnel Management has given Federal Agency Skills Team (FAST) the job of putting in place a standard and repeatable methodology to identify and mitigate skills gaps governmentwide.

Friday - 01/30/2015, 04:55pm EST

GAO: Headquarters reduction plan still missing at Pentagon

The Pentagon wants to start the process of cutting 20 percent from its headquarters staff. But it still doesn't know who should stay, who should leave, or how to find that out, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:02am EST

John Pendleton, Director of Defense Capabilities and Management, GAO

The Defense Department knows it wants to reduce the size of its headquarters, but it doesn't know exactly how. John Pendleton, director of defense capabilities and management issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how the Pentagon should plan to trim down its management offices.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:32pm EST
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