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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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David Wise, Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO

The three biggest landlords in the federal government don't know how much federal agencies are actually using their own property. The Government Accountability Office reports one thinks almost all of its warehouses are in use, when in reality some of them are sitting empty and forgotten. David Wise is Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the latest results in the ongoing effort to rightsize the federal real property portfolio.

Tags: David Wise , federal buildings , In Depth

Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:17pm EST
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Postal Service remains financially 'at-risk,' says GAO report

The USPS' ability to carry our its duties and remain financially self-sustaining continues to be at risk, according to a recently released GAO performance audit. Conducted over the past year, GAO's report found that the agency is projecting "unsustainable" losses through 2020.

Tags: USPS , Congress , workforce , workforce cuts , Darrell Issa , Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , POSTPlan , management , retirement , retirement benefits , pay and benefits

Friday - 11/14/2014, 03:39pm EST

GAO: Agencies not using performance data to decide policy, budget changes

In its new report, the Government Accountability Office found that agency managers aren't using performance data to objectively determine the success of programs before making changes to their policies or budget.

Tags: Government Performance and Results Act , performance data , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , Elijah Cummings , oversight , House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , Congress , Jory Heckman

Friday - 11/14/2014, 11:15am EST

GAO: Not too early to track DATA Act progress

The Government Accountability Office is taking an early interest in how the White House and Treasury Department draft government-wide financial data standards, due out next summer. A lot is riding on those standards, says Comptroller General Gene Dodaro.

Tags: Gene Dodaro , DATA Act , big data , data analytics , Emily Kopp , transparency

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:26pm EST

Open enrollment now available for Healthcare.gov

The open enrollment period for Healthcare.gov is now open. It runs until February 15th, 2015. The Health and Human Services Department is doing things a little bit differently this time around to try to mitigate the problems from last year.

Tags: HealthCare.gov , HHS , HHS OIG , GDIT , GDIT Enterprise Center

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 09:56am EST

Eileen Larence, Government Accountability Office

Fighting domestic terrorism, natural disasters and cyber attacks is a multi-agency effort. The Homeland Security Department's fusion centers foster information sharing among all levels of government and in the private sector. But auditors at the Government Accountability Office find problems with how DHS accounts for funding to the centers. Eileen Larence, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Eileen Larence , Tom Temin , information sharing , Homeland Security and Justice Issues , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 04:59pm EST
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On DoD: Paul Francis, Government Accountability Office, and Kevin Kelly, CEO, LGS Innovations

On this edition of On DoD, we revisit a special series Federal News Radio aired last month on federal acquisition: The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform.

Tags: Paul Francis , On DoD , DoD , Kevin Kelly , LGS Innovations , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 02:23pm EST
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Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO

The federal government is supposed to be four years into an effort to inventory all the programs it runs. But that effort hasn't made it very far. The inventory is a requirement of the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010. Chris Mihm is managing director of Strategic Issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared recommendations to help OMB find duplicative programs to cut.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 05:11pm EST
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Contracting officers have a lot of authority when it comes to deciding who wins federal contracts, but they don't have unlimited discretion. That's what the contracting officer who awarded a deal to USIS found out. In a sustaining protest, the Government Accountability Office says the contracting officer should have paid more attention to allegations of fraud against the company. In this week's Legal Loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this case.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Petrillo and Powell , Contracting officers , USIS , contracting , acquisition

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 08:38am EST
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