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Seto Bagdoyan, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, GAO

The Office of Personnel Management's Innovation Lab needs to prove it's worth keeping around, according to the Government Accountability Office. GAO says the lab doesn't have performance metrics to show how much its ideas are actually helping other agencies. Seto Bagdoyan, acting director of audit services for GAO's Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, tells In Depth with Francis Rose your agency's innovative problem-solvers need help proving they actually exist.

Tags: Seto Bagdoyan , In Depth

Monday - 05/05/2014, 06:37pm EDT
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David Powner, Director of Information Technology Management Issues, GAO

Federal Chief Information Officer Steve Van Roekel rolls out the Smarter IT Delivery Agenda. Its goal is to improve the way federal agencies buy IT. Van Roekel introduced the agenda yesterday at a hearing about IT acquisition in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee. David Powner, director of information technology management issues at the Government Accountability Office, was a witness on the same panel as Van Roekel and GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what his primary message for the committee was.

Tags: David Powner , In Depth

Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:39pm EDT
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OMB kicks off reforms with Smarter IT Delivery Agenda

Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel details three focus areas to improve how agencies buy technology. He says agencies must have the best people, the best contractors and well-designed processes to ensure success in meeting customer and citizen needs.

Tags: technology , OMB , Jason Miller , IT reform , Dave Powner , Steve VanRoekel , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Smarter IT Delivery Agenda

Friday - 05/09/2014, 04:12am EDT
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Alternative jet fuel prices reported

The Government Accountability Office said a recent report that the Department of Defense paid $150 per gallon for alternative jet fuel HEFA (hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids) which is made from algae. That's more than 64 times the current market price for standard carbon-based fuels. The report indicated only a small amount of the fuel was purchased for testing.

Tags: DoD , alternative fuel , HEFA

Friday - 05/09/2014, 08:59am EDT

GAO strategizes in response to government challenges

What are the fiscal, management, and performance challenges facing government executives? What is the goal of GAO's High Risk List and what are some of the key "high risk" areas? How can audit agencies change the way they do business to properly respond to 21st century governance challenges? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Chris Mihm, managing director, strategic issues, Government Accountability Office.

Tags: IBM Business of Government , Business of Government Hour , Michael Keegan , Chris Mihm ,

Friday - 05/02/2014, 02:22pm EDT

DoD acquisition reform providing a few glimmers of progress

The 2009 reform aimed at ending the Pentagon's practice of overpromising the weapons systems it could deliver within the budgets it was asking for is showing signs of success. But DoD's acquisition chief says no amount of legislating will solve cost overruns.

Tags: DoD , Congress , acquisition , Frank Kendall , Michael Sullivan , workforce , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 04:50am EDT
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Grim future awaits DHS' acquisition portfolio

A GAO report says cost overruns, schedule delays and poor results are plaguing major acquisition projects at the Homeland Security Department. GAO said those problems are probably going to get worse before they get better.

Tags: DHS , Risk MAP , acquisition , Jeh Johnson , Sean McCalley

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 02:52pm EDT

Jay McTigue, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Absorbing $900 million in budget cuts has created some problems for the IRS, including major staffing reductions and uneven performance. The Government Accountability Office says the agency's budget request of $12.5 billion for fiscal year 2015 is a step in the right direction. Jay McTigue, director of strategic issues for the GAO, tells In Depth with Francis Rose $12.5 billion won't fix what ails the IRS.

Tags: Jay McTigue , IRS , In Depth

Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:49pm EDT
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Steve Lord, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, GAO

Navy bases are stopping dozens of transportation workers at their gates. All of these workers have criminal records. But a few weeks ago, before a truck driver shot and killed a sailor at Naval Station Norfolk, they would have been allowed on base without question. That's because all hold credentials from the Transportation Security Administration. The cards are known as TWICs. Steve Lord, managing director of Forensic Audits and Investigative Service at the Government Accountability Office, fills in Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the TWIC program.

Tags: Steve Lord , Forensic Audits and Investigative Service , Federal Drive , TWIC , DHS

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 11:41am EDT
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IRS audits less than 1 percent of big partnerships

The Government Accountability Office says the number of large businesses organized as partnerships has more than tripled since 2002, yet hardly any get audited.

Tags: IRS , oversight , Carl Levin

Friday - 04/18/2014, 03:50pm EDT
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