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Hearing offers suggestions for reducing Medicare waste, fraud

Errors, waste, and fraud in the Medicare system was the topic of conversation before the House Ways and Means Subcommittees on Health and Oversight today.

Tags: House Ways and Means Committee , Medicare , Peter Roskam , Ron Klein , Scott Murphy , Ileana Ros-Lehtinen , Pete Stark , HHS , CMS , DoJ

Tuesday - 06/15/2010, 06:26pm EDT

GAO: Agency rules allow conferences at resort locations

A recent GAO report looked at agencies' policies for choosing the locations of conferences and found that cost was the number one factor when it came to planning. Details from GAO's Lorelei St. James.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , federal travel , resorts , conferences , Lorelei St. James , Suzanne Kubota , GSA , SSA , USDA , DoC , DoD , HHS , DHS , DOI , DoJ , DoT , Treasury , VA

Monday - 06/14/2010, 11:33am EDT
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Exclusive: OMB to propose major changes to financial management systems

Draft memo obtained by Federal News Radio calls for stopping new and ongoing modernization and development programs until OMB can review them. OMB also would dole out funding on a quarterly basis for ongoing projects to ensure they are meeting milestones.

Tags: management , technology , Peter Orszag , OMB , Treasury , Ira Goldstein , David Lucas , Deloitte , GCE Federal , financial management , shared service providers , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/09/2010, 05:22pm EDT
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OMB must sell Congress on budget cuts

Former OMB officials say having solid data on why certain programs need to be ended or cut is key to making this initiative work. OMB directs agencies to suggest which low performing programs or those outside of the agency's mission to target for termination or reduction by Sept. 13.

Tags: management , Peter Orszag , OMB , HHS , Jonathan Breul , Robert Shea , IBM Center for the Business of Government , Grant Thornton , budget cuts , share in savings , PART , improper payments , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/09/2010, 06:31am EDT
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Is DoD ignoring lessons learned from insourcing?

The Defense Department has been trying to improve efficiencies and cut costs by using both competitions with the private sector and High Performance Organizations (HPOs), a solution based in-house rather than on a public-private competition.

Tags: contracting , management , insourcing , outsourcing , HPO , DoD , A-76 , John Pendleton , Dorothy Ramienski , DorobekInsider

Monday - 06/07/2010, 04:31pm EDT
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Information sharing challenges ahead for Paul

Kshemendra Paul, the new Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment, must reestablish the role of the organization, experts say. James Carafano of Heritage says Paul must convince and educate the intelligence community about the value of the ISE. Jim Dempsey of the Markle Foundation Task Force says Paul must figure out the ISE's relationship with other information sharing organizations in the government.

Tags: technology , Kshemendra Paul , Leslie Phillips , OMB , ODNI , DoJ , Information Sharing Environment , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , James Carafano , Jim Dempsey , Paul Wormeli , IJIS , Heritage , Markle Foundation Task Force , information sharing , NIEM , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/02/2010, 07:26am EDT
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GAO's John Needham on smooth insourcing

Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management shares ideas to implement OMB insourcing guidelines.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , contracting , management , insourcing , John Needham , Congress , DHS , OFPP , OPM , Jeff Neal , Dan Gordon , Chuck Grimes

Tuesday - 05/25/2010, 06:54pm EDT
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Contract Overload: GAO finds continued problems with MACs

Audit agency calls for business cases to justify new multiple award contracts, and a database listing all existing contracts. Sen. McCaskill plans to hold a second hearing on interagency contracting in June.

Tags: contracting , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Claire McCaskill , Ed Towns , Darrell Issa , GSA , OFPP , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , MACs , GWACs , Interagency contracting , Jason Miller , Contract Overload

Tuesday - 05/25/2010, 06:44am EDT

TSA ready to move on with ITIP contract

Agency picks CSC for the $489 million IT infrastructure contract for a second time since September. Protest by unsuccessful bidders still possible.

Tags: contracting , Emma Garrison-Alexander , TSA , CSC , Unisys , General Dynamics , ITIP , IT services , Jason Miller

Monday - 05/24/2010, 06:59am EDT
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GAO: VA in danger of cyber attack

Cyber security at the Veterans Affairs Department was slammed on Capitol Hill yesterday. The GAO explains why today.

Tags: technology , DorobekInsider , VA , cybersecurity , Gregory Wilshusen , Dorothy Ramienski

Thursday - 05/20/2010, 02:41pm EDT
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