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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 , Kathleen Tighe , Danny Werfel , 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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Timing, technology converge to better attack improper payments

Over the last three years, agencies understood the problem better, improved how they tracked the information and used advanced data analysis tools to lower the governmentwide rate to 4.69 percent from 5.42 percent in 2009. While the amount of money improperly paid out hit a high of $125 billion in 2010, Danny Werfel, the Office of Management and Budget's controller, expects it to drop for a second consecutive year, below the $115 billion mark in 2011.

Tags: management , improper payments , Danny Werfel , Kathy Tighe , Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board , Government Accountability and Transparency Board , OMB , education , fraud, waste and abuse , Obama Impact , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 03:31pm EDT
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Obama appoints DoD acquisition policy chief to head spending watchdog

President Barack Obama announced he will appoint Richard Ginman, the director of Defense Department procurement policy, to chair the Government Accountability and Transparency Board (GATB), a spending and transparency watchdog. Ginman has served as the director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) for a little more than year.

Tags: Campaign to Cut Waste , oversight , GAT Board , RAT Board , Richard Ginman , DoD , DPAP , transparency

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 08:18pm EDT

In Depth interviews - June 19

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources. Across-the-board mandatory cuts have a lot of people on edge, especially those who work closely with the Defense Department. Across-the-board mandatory cuts have a lot of people on edge. But some of the rhetoric could be overblown, says Benjamin Friedman, a research fellow in defense and homeland security studies at the Cato Institute.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Reznick Government , RATB , Tom Shoop , GovExec , Catherine Lotrionte , Stuxnet , Ben Friedman , Cato Institute , sequestration , Mike Sullivan , GAO , F-35 II

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 01:39am EDT

Devaney: 'Long past due' for governmentwide spending oversight

Agencies and lawmakers, seeking to implement accountability and transparency practices governmentwide, are taking a page from the Recovery Board's playbook. One of the successes of the RAT Board was in changing the way agencies dealt with erroneous or improper payments, said Earl Devaney, the former chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and now a senior adviser at Reznick Government.

Tags: management , budget , oversight , best practices , Recovery Act , RAT Board , GAT Board , Recovery.gov , In Depth , Francis Rose

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 03:01pm EDT
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Tighe follows Devaney as Recovery Board chair

Kathleen S. Tighe, the inspector general of the Department of education, will succeed Earl Devaney as chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. She will oversee the board's final 21 months, as Recovery process winds down.

Tags: Kathleen Tighe , Joseph Biden , Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board , Recovery.gov , Recovery Act , Department of Education , Department of Justice , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/26/2011, 10:10am EST

Recovery Board's Devaney ushered in 'new era of transparency'

The outgoing chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board said the work of the oversight agency was transformational in its way of approaching catching and preventing fraud.

Tags: RAT Board , Recovery Act , people , transparency , accountability , technology , stimulus funds , Federal Drive

Friday - 12/02/2011, 10:53am EST
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Recovery Board's Devaney to resign

Earl Devaney said he is stepping down as the head of the Recovery Board, created to oversee spending under the $787 billion stimulus fund program.

Tags: Recovery Act , RAT Board , stimulus funds , technology , people ,

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 09:00am EST

Shame as a motivator at Recovery.gov

That's the rationale behind a new feature of Recovery.gov.

Tags: technology , Recovery.gov , Recovery, Accountability and Transparency Board

Friday - 02/26/2010, 08:00pm EST
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Recovery Board re-launches Web site

Recovery.gov has a new look -- and displays more info.

Tags: management , technology , Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board , Recovery.gov , Dorothy Ramienski

Monday - 02/01/2010, 07:45pm EST
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