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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are wasting billions of dollars because they're consistently duplicating efforts. The Government Accountability Office's latest report identifies dozens of federal functions marked by duplication, overlap and fragmentation. GAO says reducing it all could save $80 billion. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details on why, when it comes to information technology, a new law could help cut waste and deliver more savings.

Tags: Jason Miller , duplicative programs , overlapping programs , management , Oversight

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:36am EDT
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For better government, consolidate DoD bases, health care programs

On the road to better, more cost-effective government, Congress will have to consider consolidating military health care and ramping up tax enforcement at the Internal Revenue Service, the comptroller general says.

Tags: Gene Dodaro , Congress , DoD , IRS , Oversight

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:35am EDT

Greg Wilshusen, Director of Information Security Issues, GAO

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has a list of 36 ways to improve its information security systems. The Government Accountability Office says it's finished with 27 of them, and the agency's completing the rest. Gregory Wilshusen is director of information security issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained ways to help the FDIC plug the rest of the gaps in its security systems.

Tags: Greg Wilshusen , cybersecurity , FDIC , In Depth

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 04:27pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress has made clear in at least two federal laws that it thinks military members should be able to vote in state, local and federal elections no matter where they are. But a large group of the House of Representatives is still worried that's not the case. They want GAO to take a fresh look at the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the DoD office that facilitates overseas voting programs. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu shares this and other news in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's notebook.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , In Depth , Federal Voting Assistance Program , Inside the Reporters Notebook

Friday - 04/03/2015, 04:41pm EDT
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David Powner, Director of IT Management Issues, GAO

A big part of a federal chief information officer's job is filing reports required by Congress or the White House. But a survey of CIOs shows they find two-thirds of the reports are at least a partial waste of time. The survey was conducted by the Government Accountability Office. It found that the Office of Management and Budget has tried to streamline the reporting process. But, GAO says OMB missed opportunities to address some of the challenges CIOs encounter. David Powner is director of information technology management issues at GAO. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the report and its findings.

Tags: CIO , IT management , David Powner , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Monday - 04/06/2015, 09:57am EDT
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Rich Wilkinson, Vice President for Client Services, NeoSystems

The Defense Contract Audit Agency has a backlog of around five years worth of Incurred Cost Submissions it needs to audit. The Government Accountability Office, the DoD Inspector General and Congress have all been critical of DCAA's inability to address the backlog. Now the agency is taking aggressive, and somewhat unusual, measures to address the problem. A policy memo went out recently with requirements for the agency's auditors; attached was a list exposing around 1,000 delinquent contractors. Rich Wilkinson is vice president for client services for NeoSystems. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how contractors should handle the situation.

Tags: Rich Wilkinson , NeoSystems , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Defense Contract Audit Agency , backlog , Incurred Cost Submissions , DoD ,

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 09:00am EDT
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Mark Goldstein, Physical Infrastructure Issues Director, GAO

Federal agencies are continuously adding security upgrades to their buildings to better protect their employees. But some agencies plan their upgrades in ways that can hide how much money they spend. Mark Goldstein is director of physical infrastructure issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained ways to better plan those security upgrades to make sure agencies don't spend too much money on them.

Tags: Mark Goldstein , In Depth

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:19pm EDT
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Steve Koprince, Partner, Petefish, Immel, Heeb and Hird

Prime contractors that don't meet small business subcontracting goals can lose deals because of that failure. The Government Accountability Office denied a protest from a prime that wasn't even able to get into the final competition. Steve Koprince is a partner at Petefish, Immel, Heeb and Hird. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the facts of the case and what the GAO found when they looked at it.

Tags: Steve Koprince , Petefish, Immel, Heeb and Hird , In Depth

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:52pm EDT
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Brian Lepore, Director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues, GAO

The last round of base realignments and closures (BRAC) back in 2005 did some good. Many of the bases were repurposed and used to help the homeless. But BRAC had problems, too. As outlined in a new report from the Government Accountability Office, DoD and Housing and Urban Development don't track progress on base conversions very well. It's a concern as the Defense Department raises the urgency of its request for a new round of closures. Brian Lepore, director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at the GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the problem.

Tags: Brian Lepore , BRAC , HUD , DoD , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 09:56am EDT
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GAO Report: Feds to exceed costs for cleaning up nuke waste

The cost of cleaning up radioactive waste at one of the federal government's premier nuclear laboratories has already exceeded expectations and more cost overruns are expected, according to a report released Monday by a government watchdog.

Tags: NNSA , Los Alamos National Lab

Monday - 03/23/2015, 10:00pm EDT
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