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Quehl: Public-private partnerships can drive shared services success

The push for shared services gets more momentum, as the push to save money and improve performance gets heavier emphasis from the Office of Management and Budget. Public-private partnerships are proving to be a win-win for both parties at all levels of government. Scott Quehl, senior principal at Accenture Federal Services and former chief financial officer at the Commerce Department, is writing about the junction of shared services and public-private partnerships. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he lays out the reasons shared services should get more attention.

Tags: Scott Quehl , Accenture Federal Services , shared services , financial management

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 05:34pm EDT

Nancy Potok, Chief Operating Officer, Census Bureau

The White House is putting enterprise risk management front and center as it updates a key policy on internal controls. That should be out later this year, but some agencies already have embraced the concept. The Census Bureau did so after a crisis several years ago that was embarrassing and costly. Nancy Potok was the Bureau's chief financial officer back in 2000. She left the agency but returned in 2012 as its deputy director and chief operating officer. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp spoke to Potok after a presentation on enterprise risk management.

Tags: Emily Potok , Census Bureau , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 04:54pm EDT

Deloitte: 26 years of GAO reports yield lessons for better management

Text analytics can turn tens of thousands of oversight reports into solid action plans that help your agency run smoother. The consulting firm Deloitte is using it to transform more than 40,000 recommendations from the Government Accountabilty Office into hard data. Bill Eggers is global public sector research director, and Daniel Byler is a data scientist at Deloitte. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how to turn the hard data from GAO's recommendations into action plans of reform.

Tags: Bill Eggers , Dan Byler , Deloitte , GAO , oversight ,

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 04:28pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says it's in the midst of a significant reduction in its spending for service contractors -- including a $2 billion cut to logistics support contracts that officials expect to double in the coming years. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, most of the work they're performing will be handed over to soldiers and Army civilians.

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Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 04:51pm EDT

Wednesday federal headlines - March 11, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news,a bipartisan bill would build on programs to reduce veteran homelessness; the American Civil Liberties Union, Wikipedia and eight other groups are suing the National Security Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives backs off a plan to block a popular type of ammunition

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Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 08:51am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says it has the backing of legal authorities to start an aggressive push for public-private partnerships to help deal with funding cuts to its military bases. The service says it's set up a speedy approval process in the Pentagon to let base commanders make agreements with their local communities and to share a wide range of public works services rather than running them on their own. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 05:10pm EDT

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management has a new strategy that provides data to hiring managers and other decision makers in government. The strategy is called Recruitment, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp was there when OPM Director Katherine Archuleta rolled out the initiative. Emily tells In Depth with Francis Rose what REDI means.

Tags: Emily Kopp , OPM

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 04:46pm EDT

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) is proposing a bill to change how to calculate cost of living adjustments for federal pension plans. The high-five method would factor in the five highest-earning years of service instead of three years. The Congressional Budget Office says it would save the federal government #3.1 billion over 10 years. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she offered her take on the bill.

Tags: Jessica Klement , NARFE , Bruce Westerman , Congressional Budget Office ,

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 04:36pm EDT

Tuesday federal headlines - March 10, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, a group of Iraqis has launched a lawsuit against the State and Homeland Security Departments, auditors say the Census Bureau has miscalculated timelines and costs to make the 2020 census Internet-ready and the FBI has upped the reward for a missing former agent.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive ,

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 09:27am EDT

O'Keefe: Budget is DHS' biggest data challenge

Several components of the Homeland Security Department are searching for new ways to fund big data projects. Budget pressures are forcing them to get creative, so they're relying on unique IT initiatives to meet their mission. Tom O'Keefe is market intelligence senior analyst at Immix Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared details on some of the most promising initiatives scattered throughout DHS.

Tags: DHS , budget , Immix Group ,

Monday - 03/09/2015, 04:33pm EDT
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