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GOP to agencies: Why do you pay employees not to work?

Congressional Republicans probe for answers following a GAO report that the government spent nearly $3.1 billion in paid administrative leave over a recent 3-year period. While most employees took such leave for a week or less, 263 spent a year or longer on paid administrative leave.

Tags: Chuck Grassley , Darrell Issa , paid leave , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:12pm EDT

Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

Customs and Border Protection is up to about $2.5 billion in spending on equipment to provide a firewall against materials terrorists could use to make weapons of mass destruction. They spend a lot less than that to make sure the equipment -- and the operators -- are doing the job. David Maurer is Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how CBP can make the most out of its covert operations budget.

Tags: Dave Maurer , In Depth

Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:29pm EDT
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GAO sustains protest of DHS contract to USIS

The Government Accountability Office says the Citizenship and Immigration Services directorate should reevaluate USIS to determine if it's indeed a responsible contractor in light of allegations of defrauding the government and an investigation by the Justice Department on those charges.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , bid protest , Ralph White , DHS , FCI Federal , USIS , Jason Miller

Monday - 10/20/2014, 06:16pm EDT

After decades of DoD acquisition reform, Congress has yet to tackle cultural issues

Big programs at DoD continue to overspend their budgets and blow past their schedules because of unrealistic requirements and rosy cost projections. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, several acquisition experts pointed out that DoD acquisition is one of the most studied problems in the history of government.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Paul Francis , David Berteau , Sean Stackley , Christine Fox , Jonathan Etherton , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:52am EDT
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Tim DiNapoli, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Director, GAO

Federal agencies are forgetting to save their work to help with future acquisition projects. The Government Accountability Office looks at 28 different contracts to see if market research is helping them make better procurement decisions. Tim Dinapoli is director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the agencies do the market research, but aren't saving it to use in future projects.

Tags: Tim Dinapoli , In Depth

Friday - 10/10/2014, 05:20pm EDT
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Rebecca Gambler, Homeland Security & Justice Issues Director, GAO

The drone fleet at Customs and Border Protection isn't big, but the law states that very strict oversight from the Homeland Security Department and CBP is important. Rebecca Gambler is director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said Congress mandated a look at CBP's drone program.

Tags: In Depth , Congress , drones , CBP , DHS , Rebecca Gambler ,

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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The increase of cloud budgets across federal agencies

Cloud budgets at some federal agencies are twice as large as they were in 2012.

Tags: cloud , budget , USDA , DoT

Monday - 10/06/2014, 09:27am EDT

GAO: Length of DoD withdrawal from Afghanistan to surpass Iraq

The Department of Defense expects a longer and possibly a more costly withdrawal of Army and Marine Corps equipment from Afghanistan than in Iraq, according to a Government Accountability Office report released on Tuesday.

Tags: Jory Heckman , Afghanistan , DoD , Iraq , Army , Marine Corps

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 12:05pm EDT

Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO

Federal agencies are not using performance data to make better management decisions. The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 required agencies to do that, and to document how they do it. The Government Accountability Office keeps score of which agencies actually use that information, and only two agencies are showing any improvement. Chris Mihm is Managing Director for Strategic Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the scores on performance data at your agency.

Tags: Chris Mihm , In Depth

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:24pm EDT
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Raj Sharma, CEO, Censeo Consulting

Nov. 15 is the deadline for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to patch up the cybersecurity holes in the Healthcare.gov website. The Government Accountability Office offered 22 technical recommendations to the agency last week. Those problems appear just as the website nears its first birthday. Raj Sharma is co-founder and CEO of the Censeo Consulting Group. On the In Depth with Francis Rose Industry Chatter segment, he shared some ways to predict, and fix, longstanding problems with large federal IT projects like Healthcare.gov.

Tags: In Depth , industry , Industry Chatter , technology , health IT , Raj Sharma , cybersecurity , HealthCare.gov ,

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:04pm EDT
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