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8:43 am, September 22, 2014

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Cristina Chaplain, Government Accountability Office

If you ask the Defense Department, its acquisition process for missile defense is a glass half full. The Government Accountability Office says that might be an overly optimistic way of looking at it. Cristina Chaplain, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about a new GAO report.

Monday - 03/24/2014, 06:22pm EDT
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Randy Williamson, Director of Healthcare Issues, GAO

In emergencies, you rush to the closest hospital to get medical care. Veterans are the same way. And when they go outside the VA system for emergency care, the department is supposed to pay for it even if they don't have other insurance. But, that's not always what happens, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. Randy Williamson, director of Healthcare Issues at GAO, spoke to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about what GAO found.

Monday - 03/24/2014, 01:56pm EDT
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Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO.

White House priorities in the right place, according to the GAO.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 01:06pm EDT
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From furloughs to hiring freezes, how did your agency deal with sequestration?

In a new report provided to the House Budget Committee, the Government Accountability Office provides more details of just how agencies coped with the mandatory budget reductions under sequestration. Nearly every agency surveyed by GAO canceled or limited monetary performance awards for employees, reduced spending on both travel and training and curtailed hiring. A total of seven agencies furloughed employees.

Tuesday - 03/11/2014, 12:17pm EDT

GAO seeks budget hike to restore staffing from rock-bottom levels

The Government Accountability Office is requesting about $525 million for fiscal 2015, an increase of about 4 percent, or $19 million, above current levels. The additional funding would allow the agency to continue staffing up the agency from the nearly rock-bottom levels it hit over the past few years. The additional funding would also allow GAO to make upgrades to its aging IT infrastructure and do long-deferred building upkeep and and maintenance

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 04:33pm EST

DHS prevails in the first of many EAGLE II protests

The Government Accountability Office Monday denied the protest of ICF International, saying DHS' "evaluation was reasonable and in accord with the terms of the solicitation."

Tuesday - 02/04/2014, 03:34am EST

DoD conference policy in-line with OMB guidance, GAO says

A new Government Accountability Office report says that the Defense Department's oversight of conference spending is consistent with guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget.

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 02:41pm EST

Duncan calls for 'reality check' on DHS headquarters project

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, released a majority staff report that questioned the planning and future efficacy of the Homeland Security Department consolidating its headquarters at the St. Elizabeths campus in D.C.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 02:22pm EST

GAO, OMB still not seeing eye-to-eye on pace of IT Dashboard updates

The Government Accountability Office dinged OMB yet again for having updated information in the IT Dashboard only in nine of the last 24 months. OMB said the information is pre-decisional and therefore can't be made public.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 09:28am EST

Coburn to Congress: Look in the mirror for the cause of waste

Sen. Tom Coburn told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Thursday that Congress isn't doing its job and that's the root cause of much of the waste in government. Rep. Darrell Issa promised to work with Coburn and Sen. Tom Carper on legislation to reduce overlapping programs.

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 05:49pm EST

OMB revising data breach reporting requirements

The Government Accountability Office in a recent report found the requirement for agencies to report data breaches to the Homeland Security Department within one hour of discovering the incident is of little value.

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 11:06am EST

DHS not on track to deliver large-scale tech improvements

The Homeland Security Department will likely miss its 2015 deadline for modernizing the system it uses to screen foreigners entering the U.S.

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 11:48am EST

Analysis: What the decline in bid protests really means

Experts say the 2 percent drop in the number of contracting complaints to GAO disproves the theory that as federal spending drops, contractors will file more protests. Ralph White, the managing associate general counsel for procurement law at GAO, said agencies and vendors have a better understanding than ever about their likelihood of success.

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 04:53am EST
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Transition to Networx telecom contract cost $395M more than planned

The Government Accountability Office found in a new report that the 33-month delay in moving to GSA's Networx contract from FTS2001 caused agencies to spend more money and miss out on potential savings.

Tuesday - 01/07/2014, 12:50pm EST

GAO denies protest of joint venturing rules under OASIS

The Government Accountability Office says GSA is within its rights to require that joint ventures must be among teams that have a proven track record of success. Aljucar, Anvil-Incus & Co. said it will ask GAO to reconsider its decision or take the case to the Court of Federal Claims.

Monday - 01/06/2014, 08:48am EST

Bid protests holding steady near record highs

The number of total bid protests filed by companies with the Government Accountability Office leveled off last year, falling slightly in fiscal 2013 compared to the previous year. All told, GAO received 2,429 bid protests 2 percent less than the number received in fiscal 2012, according to figures released Jan. 2 in an annual report to Congress.

Friday - 01/03/2014, 02:58pm EST

DHS gives EAGLE II protesters a second look

The Homeland Security Department told the Government Accountability Office it is taking corrective action by re-reviewing proposals after 46 unsuccessful bidders protested their exclusion from the largest portion of the $22 billion IT services contract.

Friday - 01/03/2014, 12:04pm EST

27 vendors protest awards under DHS $22B IT services contract

Unsuccessful bidders of one unrestricted portion of the EAGLE II contract are taking their arguments to GAO to try to get a spot on the multiple-award contract. Documents show DHS made no awards to any company whose total bid was more than $500 million.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 12:18pm EST
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VA puts reverse auctions on hiatus again to study value proposition

The Veterans Affairs Department's decision comes as lawmakers are putting this acquisition concept under more scrutiny. House Veterans Affairs and Small Business Committee lawmakers question whether agencies are getting the best prices and whether they are sacrificing competition. GAO, other experts say OFPP needs to develop a governmentwide policy for reverse auctions.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 06:45pm EST
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