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David Trimble, Director of Natural Resources, GAO

The National Nuclear Security Administration has a guide for predicting how much its large projects will cost. But the agency's project managers don't know it exists, and it's not entirely their fault. That's according to David Trimble -- he's Director of Natural Resources and Environment Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he suggested ways to improve NNSA's cost estimation process.

Tags: David Trimble , In Depth , NNSA

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:32pm EST
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Linda Kohn, Director of Healthcare Issues, GAO

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services operate websites meant to help Medicare patients navigate the tangled world of health care providers. But the sites often fail at basic tasks. Auditors from the Government Accountability Office found some don't provide enough information to compare prices, while others don't give adequate information about quality of care. Linda Kohn is director of Healthcare Issues at the GAO. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share more of what GAO found.

Tags: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services , CMS , Linda Kohn , Healthcare Issues , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:03am EST
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The VA fails another cybersecurity audit

The Veterans Affairs Department failed its 16th cybersecurity audit in a row, so it still can't properly protect the private health data of veterans. The VA Inspector General sees about 6,000 cyber weaknesses in the agency's IT networks, and says it falls short of complying with the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , FISMA , cybersecurity , GDIT , GDIT Enterprise Center

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:56am EST

Tim DiNapoli, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Director, GAO

The Defense Department is getting better at handling its contract data. The Government Accountability Office says 32 of its 33 components turned in an inventory review of their contracts. GAO also says more DoD components are following its recommendations to improve their contract reporting. Tim DiNapoli is Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the Pentagon's making progress, but it still has a way to go until it's perfect.

Tags: Tim DiNapoli , DoD , In Depth

Monday - 11/24/2014, 04:16pm EST
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Yvonne Jones, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promises to avoid another government shutdown. Lawmakers have until mid-December to turn that promise into reality. Or not. It's a good idea to be prepared. The Government Accountability Office reviewed how agencies handled last year's lapse in appropriations. Yvonne Jones, the agency's director of Strategic Issues, explained the findings on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Yvonne Jones , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Mitch McConnell , Senate , Congress , government shutdown , continuing resolution , budget

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:51am EST
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Bid protests continue to rise as agencies take corrective action more quickly

The Government Accountability Office released its annual report showing vendors submitted 5 percent more protests in 2014 than in 2013. But the overall sustainment rate dropped significantly for the first time in five years.

Tags: bid protests , acquisition , contracting , industry , Ralph White , Rob Burton , Venable , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 02:30pm EST

GAO: Some agencies hit harder than others during sequestration

A new report from the Government Accountability Office says that some agencies, including the Departments of Energy, Transportation and Health and Human Services, experienced stalled grants and contract activity during the government shutdown of 2013.

Tags: sequestration , Energy , DoT , NIH , HHS , grant management , contracting , budget , Mark Warner , Jory Heckman , OMB

Monday - 11/17/2014, 11:21am EST

GAO raises concerns about quality of OPM official time data

GAO finds discrepancies in OPM data on union-related work by federal employees. OPM admits that official time reporting is not a priority.

Tags: workforce , official time , AFGE , NTEU , OPM , Colleen Kelley , J. David Cox , Darrell Issa , Tom Coburn , Phil Gingrey , Elise Garofalo

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 06:37pm EST

VA to spend $60 million more on cyber after auditors' continued concerns

Steph Warren, VA's CIO, said he moved money out of projects and into cybersecurity to ensure the agency gets rid of as many material weaknesses as they can. The decision to move money comes as Congress turns back up the heat on VA to correct long-standing and systemic cyber shortcomings.

Tags: technology , oversight , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Veterans Affairs , Steph Warren , Greg Wilshusen , Sondra McCauley , cybersecurity , VA Cyber Efforts in the Hot Seat , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 12:56pm EST

Melissa Emrey-Arras, Government Accountability Office

Auditors say federally-run Native American schools need more oversight on spending. A report from the Government Accountability Office finds that the schools improperly spent nearly $14 million. In one case, a hacker transferred $1.7 million from a school to an off-shore bank account. Melissa Emrey-Arras is director of Education, Workforce and Income Security Issues at GAO. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss GAO's findings.

Tags: Native American schools , Melissa Emrey-Arras , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , education

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:39am EST
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