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Brian Lepore, Director of Defense Capabiliies and Management, GAO

Pentagon and Congressional defense leaders worry military bases, especially large test ranges, are potential targets for spying by foreign governments. That's why they want to know who their neighbors are and what they are doing so close to DOD camps and bases. Brian Lapore is the director of Defense Capabilities and Management at the Government Accountability Office. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained why it's important to understand who owns and occupies the land surrounding training ranges.

Tags: Brian Lepore , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , DoD , military bases

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 09:28am EST
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Communications gap is putting DoD test ranges at risk, GAO says

A Government Accountability Office report says the Defense Department needs to close a gap in interagency communications to reduce the risk of foreign observation of its testing facilities.

Tags: Brian Lepore , DoD , Interior , Transportation Department , facilities , infrastructure , military bases , Michael OConnell , Bureau of Land Management , Federal Drive

Thursday - 01/01/2015, 01:39pm EST
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Former GAO employee got worker's compensation for 30 years, IG says

The inspector general of the Government Accountability Office says a former worker had been receiving improper payments from GAO for decades.

Tags: Adam Trzeciak , inspector general , improper payments , Jory Heckman , oversight , pay and benefits , FECA , Department of Labor

Friday - 12/26/2014, 03:06pm EST

GAO, DCMA losing two-long time senior executives to retirements

Ronald Youngs, the director of the Defense Contract Management Agency's cost and pricing center, and Eileen Larence, a director for Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office, are retiring after more than 65 years of combined federal service.

Tags: people , Eileen Larence , Defense Contract Management Agency , Ronald Youngs , homeland security , contracting , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 02:00pm EST

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

The amount of money the Homeland Security Department spends on administratively uncontrollable overtime is on the rise. The Government Accountability Office says it's up about 30 percent since 2008. But the overtime management system DHS uses is having a hard time keeping up. Dave Maurer, director of homeland security and justice issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about ways to improve the system.

Tags: Dave Maurer , DHS , administratively uncontrollable overtime , Francis Rose , In Depth

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:28pm EST
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House lawmakers call for OFPP to issue reverse auction guidance

Reps. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chairmen of the Veterans Affairs and Small Business committees, respectively, wrote to Anne Rung, OFPP administrator, saying agencies still are "misusing" reverse auctions to "evade competition and compliance with other procurement regulations."

Tags: acquisition , OFPP , House Small Business Committee , House Veterans Affairs Committee , reverse auctions , industry , Sam Graves , Jeff Miller , Joe Jordan , FedBid , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 04:50pm EST

Jeff Steinhoff, Executive Director, KPMG Government Institute

About half of cabinet level agencies can prove to their Inspectors General that they're reducing improper payments. The Government Accountability Office reports some agencies continue to struggle, though. Jeff Steinhoff is executive director of the KPMG Government Institute, and former Assistant Comptroller General of the United States for Accounting and Information Management at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said agencies have made progress since 2009.

Tags: Jeff Steinhoff , KPMG Government Institute , Francis Rose , In Depth

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 04:46pm EST
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Valerie Melvin, Director of Information Management, GAO

17 federal contractors each claim to know the best way to modernize the retirement system at the Office of Personnel Management. Those vendors pitched their ideas to OPM at an Industry Day earlier this year, and now the agency's gearing up for its fifth attempt to modernize its system. Valerie Melvin is Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said OPM needs to weigh its options carefully so the fifth try is the one that finally sticks.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Valerie Melvin , OPM

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:22pm EST
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Cyber bills abound; OFPP and reverse auctions; DoJ's API release

In this week's "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," the passage of five cybersecurity bills by Congress in the past week signals a long-coming and much needed change to how agencies defend their computer networks; an interesting bid protest decision flew under the radar that signals yet another challenge to FedBid, the reverse auction contractor and the Justice Department's first foray into the open data world with the launch of two APIs is noteworthy, but the underlying reason why DoJ could release the software code is really the story here.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , OFPP , FedBid , reverse auctions , oversight , bid protest , FitNet , Raul Espinosa , Scott Amey , POGO , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , industry , technology , Justice Department , Joe Klimavich , Deloitte , Skip Bailey , open source , Drupal , DoD , superior supplier program , Professional Services Council , Alan Chvotkin , FISMA , research and development , workforce , DHS , NIST , Alma Cole , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/15/2014, 03:46am EST

Cristina Chaplain, Government Accountability Office

NASA's launch and re-entry of its Orion space capsule proved the vehicle might safely carry people into deep space. Someday. But when? That's the question NASA faces as it tries to meet ambitious deadlines with limited funds. A big challenge is developing the vehicle, the rocket necessary to launch it past the moon and the ground station support so they're all ready at the same time. The Government Accountability Office has been on top of this. Christina Chaplain, the director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to examine the agency's findings.

Tags: Cristina Chaplain , Orion , NASA , acquisition , budget

Monday - 12/15/2014, 10:31am EST
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