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Obama appoints Danny Werfel acting IRS head

President Barack Obama has appointed senior White House budget officer Daniel Werfel to be acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, a White House official says.

Tags: IRS , OMB , IRS scandal , Steven Miller

Thursday - 05/16/2013, 05:18pm EDT

Do Not Pay list lacks data as implementation nears

Senate lawmakers are promising to change the laws to let agencies have easier access to the Death Master File and other key databases. Starting June 1, agencies must check the Do Not Pay list before issuing any money.

Tags: management , financial management , OMB , Richard Gregg , Treasury , Tom Coburn , Tom Carper , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , improper payments , SSA , Death Master File , information sharing , Marianna LaCanfora , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/09/2013, 05:49am EDT
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GAO: Faulty system lists rat-infested federal buildings in excellent condition

The administration has set steep goals in slashing the number of excess federal properties and the costs associated with operating them. But the main resource for tracking federal properties is plagued by unsound data collection efforts, inconsistent standards and inaccuracies, according to a new Government Accountability Office review.

Tags: GAO , Tom Carper , real property , federal real property

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 09:54pm EDT

Agencies forced to freeze office space footprint

A memo from Controller Danny Werfel requires agencies to submit a plan to maintain current total square footage for office and warehouse space. Agencies must offset any new growth by disposing of current leases.

Tags: real property , financial management , GSA , Freeze the Footprint , Lauren Larson

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 08:18pm EDT

Agency success breeds new real property disposal goals

OMB raised the savings or cost avoidance goal by $500 million by the end of 2012. Since March, agencies got rid of 1,400 excess or underutilized properties. But the government added 1,500 new ones to the list.

Tags: management , budget , OMB , federal real property , David Baxa , Vista Technology Services , civilian BRAC , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/21/2011, 05:41am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: A deeper dive into the 2014 budget

News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

Tags: Inside the Reporters Notebook , technology , Jason Miller , FDA , GSA , Anti-Deficiency Act , Eric Perakslis , 2014 budget , budget , OMB

Friday - 04/12/2013, 05:57pm EDT
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Data analytics improving CFOs' lines of sight for program execution

Federal chief financial officers have more foresight, insight and hindsight than ever before to make better decisions. But just as important as having these wide-ranging sight lines is how they are being translated down to the program level. Experts say agencies are slowly heading down the path of using data to make better decisions.

Tags: management , financial management , data analytics , OMB , Grant Thornton , Deloitte , Doug Criscitello , Vincent Dennis , GSA , FEMA , Treasury , data sharing , Rise of the Money People , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/15/2013, 05:30am EDT
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Federal Drive Interviews -- April 11, 2013

Ray Bjorklund of Birch Grove Consulting, LLC, sheds some light on the 2014 budget numbers. Michael Wood, Recovery Board executive director, discusses that board's oversight of Hurricane Sandy funding. Kay Daly, assistant IG at HHS, talks about financial management and oversight at her agency.

Tags: Federal Drive , Ray Bjorklund , Michael Wood , Kay Daly

Friday - 04/12/2013, 10:30am EDT

Recovery Board opens next frontier in financial accountability

Pundits may question whether Congress should have approved $804 billion in stimulus money via the Recovery Act of 2009. But many in government have come to realize that the independent agency charged with overseeing how that money was spent -- the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board -- has a lot to teach financial managers about ensuring transparency and rooting out waste in government spending.

Tags: Recovery Act , RAT Board , Earl Devaney , Kathleen Tighe , Michael Wood , transparency , technology , financial accountability , financial management , Rise of the Money People , Michael OConnell , OMB , oversight

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 02:25pm EDT
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CFOs exercise new muscle to impact agency performance

Nearly 23 years after the seminal CFO Act became law, agencies have met its spirit and intent, experts say. CFOs today quickly are becoming more than just number crunchers. They are now masters of data analytics aimed at improving agencies' missions.

Tags: management , financial management , Rise of the Money People , Joe DioGuardi , Ed Mazur , CFO Act , Chief Financial Officers , OMB , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/08/2013, 02:42am EDT
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