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Platts calls for more controls over improper payments

The chairman of the subcommittee on federal financial management said legislation may be needed to ensure agency accounting procedures are focusing on stopping improper payments. He said progress across the government is good, but more tools are necessary. OMB is testing the Do Not Pay List and plans to launch the full portal in 2012.

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 08:25am EDT
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Congress continues negotiations; Feds frustration grows

President Obama expects to have an answer Friday morning about whether a shutdown can be averted. Meanwhile agencies have new guidance from OMB on how to prepare to close down their offices. Federal workers vent frustrations and ask questions during a town hall meeting sponsored by Rep. Jim Moran.

Friday - 04/08/2011, 07:08am EDT
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CMS to take on improper payments in new way

The agency plans to follow the model credit card companies use to identify potential problems on the front end instead of trying to chase down the money after the fact. CMS accounts for about 46 percent of all improper payments across the government. Overall, OMB wants to reduce the governmentwide error rate to 4.18 percent by 2013.

Thursday - 03/24/2011, 07:47am EDT
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Shutdown averted...or not?

This week's show focuses on the continuing possibility of a government shutdown. Guests include Steve Watkins and Sean Reilly from the Federal Times and AFGE's Witold Skwierczynski.
March 2, 2011

Wednesday - 03/02/2011, 11:33am EST
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Do you know your social security benefits?

Lester Austin, senior public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, joins the show to discuss retirement, social security benefits, and Medicare.
February 28, 2011

Monday - 02/28/2011, 06:03pm EST
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SSA getting caught up in budget unrest

AFGE plans to protest on Wednesday the possible spending cuts to the Social Security Administration in more than 20 states. SSA Commission Astrue tried to alleviate spending concerns with an e-mail to employees. Meanwhile, SSA and AFGE are negotiating a new contract.

Monday - 02/28/2011, 04:42pm EST

SSA facing potential budget cuts, IT delays

Agency officials say the House's proposed budget could mean furloughs and layoffs. Reduced funding also could slow the construction of SSA's new data center. Officials say the current computer center poses a high risk for outages that would impact critical operations.

Tuesday - 02/22/2011, 08:02am EST
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Causey: What you should know in case of a shutdown

Mike Causey discusses the last shutdown and lessons learned in case it happens again.

Friday - 02/18/2011, 05:13pm EST
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SSA sets up e-mail for regulatory suggestions

As the president calls on agencies to streamline its regulatory process, the Social Security Administration has set up an e-mail account to take ideas from the public.

Tuesday - 02/01/2011, 11:00am EST

Downsizing, Relocations, Benefit Reductions Up Next?

If you want a preview of coming attractions in your own agency, check out what is happening in the giant US Postal Service. It is looking at a major cutback of administrative personnel, consolidating post offices and relocating employees, not to mention possible pay and benefit changes. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you could be next.

Wednesday - 01/19/2011, 04:00am EST

Partnerships forming for health care reform

As the Nation implements recently enacted health reform legislation, our regional businesses are uniquely qualified to assist the federal government to transform Health IT. Maryland is home to HHS, NIH, FDA, NIST, SSA, and the new Cyber Security Command Center and all of these agencies work with businesses to innovate health information technology. Montgomery County's Barbara Ashe tells us about a way to bring the sectors together.

Tuesday - 01/18/2011, 10:30am EST
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Federal union wins case for SSA teleservice employees

The Federal Labor Relations Authority has ruled that a guideline restricting how employees at Social Security Administration teleservice centers use annual leave violates the union's national agreement.

Monday - 01/10/2011, 06:51pm EST

SSA continues to face daunting IT challenges

The Social Security Administration continues to face several IT management challenges -- none bigger than its move to a new data center.

Tuesday - 12/28/2010, 06:00am EST

Social Security/AFGE negotiations take a bad turn

Contract negotiations between SSA and AFGE won't be going forward without the help of a special mediator.

Tuesday - 12/14/2010, 09:41am EST
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Long-range fix for Social Security proposed

If you're going to touch the third rail of American politics, do it the right way. National Academy of Social Insurance's Virginia Reno tells us how.

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 10:41am EST
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Will Black Friday be a day off for feds?

What do federal workers and Thanksgiving turkeys have in common? Mike Causey thinks he knows and you aren't going to like the answer.

Monday - 11/08/2010, 04:00am EST

SSA speeds up the fast-track process

New rules will help reduce the time it takes to decide applications for disability benefits from those persons with the most severe disabilities. Commissioner Michael Astrue explains.

Thursday - 10/21/2010, 09:31am EDT
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OPM shakes up retirement office to improve claims processing

The backlog of claims by federal employees who are retiring is growing larger. OPM said it takes more than 100 days to process a claim. OPM Director John Berry said the agency is increasing the claims processing staff and looking at ways technology can improve the process.

Wednesday - 10/20/2010, 03:06pm EDT
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OMB asks agencies for self-assessments

The administration conducts its first set of reviews of the three-to-eight high priority goals each agency set last year. OMB is encouraging agencies to conduct their own reviews in order to keep focus on meeting the objectives. All agency performance information eventually will be made public through a new portal, Performance.gov.

Friday - 10/15/2010, 07:13am EDT
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Thinking small: SSA finds solutions to backlog of cases

SSA Commissioner Michael Astrue has taken extra funding, both from Congress' annual appropriations and from the Recovery Act, and invested in staffing and technology to fight the case backlog, Government Executive reports.

Wednesday - 10/06/2010, 03:24pm EDT
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