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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.

Tags: SES , OPM , pay-for-performance , performance management , pay , performance awards , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 06:00am EST

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.

Tags: James White , IRS , Federal Drive

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:23am EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management needs to do more to ensure meaningful distinctions are being made when it comes to performance ratings and awards for members of the Senior Executive Service. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more details from the report.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , SES ,

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 10:46am EST
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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.

Tags: TRICARE , HHS , In Depth

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.

Tags: Bill Shear , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Historically Underutilized Business Zones , HUB Zones , SBA

Monday - 02/23/2015, 10:06am 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.

Tags: Congress , High Risk List , technology , IT acquisition , Department of Veterans Affairs , Gene Dodaro , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:42am 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).

Tags: technology , OMB , FITARA , oversight , Congress , Gerry Connolly , Gene Dodaro , Ben Sweezy , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

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.

Tags: Gene Dodaro , High Risk List , In Depth

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.

Tags: Steve Lord , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Veterans Affairs , land-use agreements

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 09:12am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Government Accountability Office says federal agencies have made "strong, steady progress" to cut down the potential for waste and fraud over the past two years, but not enough progress to take anything off of GAO's High Risk List. The latest list is 32 items long and has two new additions. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter has the story.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , High Risk List , In Depth

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:45pm EST
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