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'More intense' high-risk oversight planned

GAO's biannual list includes 30 programs that are in trouble. House and Senate members promise to focus more of their attention on the initiatives most at risk. Members plan to use the model that worked for DoD and personnel security clearances in other problematic areas.

Tags: management , Gene Dodaro , Elijah Cummings , Darrell Issa , Josphe Lieberman , Daniel Akaka , Susan Collins , DoD , Census , USPS , Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committ , High Risk list , personnel security clearances , congressional oversight , 2010 census , cybersecurity , waste, fraud and abuse , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/17/2011, 07:25am EST
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DoD's footprint reduced on GAO High Risk List

The government watchdog agency highlights 30 areas that are at-risk of major problems or failure. Auditors added Interior's handling of gas and oil resources, but several on-going challenges saw the scope of oversight shrink because of progress agencies have made.

Tags: management , DoD , Interior , Census , Minerals Management Service , High-Risk List , personnel security clearances , Supply chain management , weaspons systems acquisition , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/16/2011, 12:05pm EST

Platts zeroes in on agency financials

House oversight subcommittee will kick off the financial management agenda next week.

Tags: management , financial management , Todd Platts , House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , OMB , Ed Towns , improper payments , Meg Beasley

Monday - 02/14/2011, 07:13am EST
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Coburn: DoD must follow the money

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) asked DoD officials to be audit ready in anticipation of budget cuts. GAO has not been able to form an auditable opinion of them in over a decade.

Tags: DoD , management , Tom Coburn , financial management , budget cuts , John Buckner

Wednesday - 02/02/2011, 01:43pm EST

GAO: DHS neglecting northern border

Two years ago a group of Senators asked how effective the Department of Homeland Security was in protecting the border between the U.S. and Canada. The report is in, and the Senators are not happy.

Tags: management , DHS , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , border security , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Meg Beasley

Wednesday - 02/02/2011, 06:37am EST
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GAO: No way to tell how many contractors in DoD

Defense said it would issue new contractor reporting guidance by last August. The GAO says agencies are still waiting.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , Pentagon , defense , DoD , contracting

Monday - 01/31/2011, 09:40am EST

GAO: DoD needs greater financial accountability

A GAO report reviews DoD's financial management.

Tags: DoD Report , Army , High-Risk List , budget , Dorobek Insider

Friday - 01/28/2011, 02:16pm EST

DoD hoping for shorter GAO High Risk List

The Defense Department's leader of business process reform said Friday that she's hopeful the Government Accountability Office will remove one of DoD's high risk areas from its biennial list of government trouble spots. GAO is expected to issue the list within the next several weeks.

Tags: DoD , management , best practices , Elizabeth McGrath , AFCEA , High Risk list , security clearances , Jared Serbu

Monday - 01/24/2011, 06:55am EST
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Agency Tip 1: Get out the message

Part of "The Need for the Next Generation" special report, GAO explains how the watchdog agency re-imagined its brand and recruiting methods to become a highly competitive agency for young people to work for.

Tags: Lori Rectanus , Rachael Wojnowicz , retirement , recruitment , best practices , Jolie Lee , David Walker , The Need for the Next Generation , pay and benefits , interns

Monday - 01/24/2011, 02:01am EST

GAO tabulates costs of Don't Ask Don't Tell

A government analysis says that discharging gay service members cost the Pentagon nearly $200 million from 2004 to 2009. The money went mainly to recruit and train replacements.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , DADT , Pentagon , management ,

Friday - 01/21/2011, 08:40am EST
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