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GAO: Agencies should expand TechStat reviews to all high-risk projects

Federal agencies need to step up their use of TechStat sessions, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a new report. The face-to-face meetings of IT officials and agency leaders have been put to use by the Office of Management and Budget and individual agencies to turn around or terminate dozens of failing IT projects. But only about a third of the agency projects deemed most at risk of cost overruns or schedule slips have undergone the reviews, GAO reported.

Tags: TechStat , OMB , management , IT , Commerce , HHS , DHS , USDA ,

Friday - 06/14/2013, 07:49pm EDT

Issa's postal reform proposal OKs 5-day delivery, modifies prefunding

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released a draft postal reform bill that supports ending Saturday mail delivery and would modify how the agency pre-funds retiree health-care payments that now threaten to sink the agency into financial insolvency. Congressional postal reform efforts have remained dormant so far this year, even as the Postal Service's financial outlook has worsened.

Tags: Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Tom Carper , USPS , postal reform ,

Thursday - 06/13/2013, 07:37pm EDT

Postal Service cost-saving initiatives fast-tracked under new rule

The cash-strapped Postal Service has proposed a number of service and delivery changes to right its financial ship and says it needs more timely decisions from the commission to implement them. The commission has been criticized in the past for taking too long to issue its opinions. Of the five major cases brought before the commission since 2006, three took more than eight months to complete and one took nearly a year, according to PRC.

Tags: USPS , PRC , Ruth Goldway ,

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 07:21pm EDT

DoD using flawed approach to calculate $1.1B in improper payments

The Defense Department reported making just $1.1 billion in improper payments in fiscal 2011, a small fraction of the Pentagon's total outlays of more than $1 trillion. But, in a new report, the Government Accountability Office said those estimates are neither reliable nor statistically valid because of "longstanding and pervasive" weaknesses in DoD financial-management practices as well as specific deficiencies in the department's procedures for estimating improper payments.

Tags: GAO , improper payments , financial management , DoD , Asif Khan , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Monday - 06/10/2013, 05:49pm EDT
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Performance.gov faces identity crisis

Nearly two years after the site launched, the Office of Management and Budget still hasn't clearly defined its purpose or its intended audience, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: GAO , OMB , technology , Performance.gov , Gov 2.0 , federal websites ,

Friday - 06/07/2013, 06:05pm EDT

GSA, Trump release plans for Old Post Office Building

After more than a year of negotiations, the General Services Administration and business magnate Donald Trump's organization have inked a deal to redevelop Washington, D.C.'s historic Old Post Office Building into a luxury hotel. Now it's up to Congress, which has 30 days to review the agreement, to finalize the deal.

Tags: federal buildings , excess property , Old Post Office Building , Donald Trump ,

Thursday - 06/06/2013, 05:11pm EDT

OPM issues phased retirement guidance

Federal employees who choose to retire part-time and return to federal service under a new phased-retirement option will have to spend at least 20 percent of their time on mentoring activities, according to proposed rules from the Office of Personnel Management, which were released today in the Federal Register

Tags: OPM , pay and benefits , phased retirement , retirement ,

Tuesday - 06/04/2013, 09:15pm EDT

OPM processes fewer retirement applications than expected in May

The Office of Personnel Management's efforts to process retirement claims and reduce a longstanding backlog slipped last month, after the agency was forced to cancel employee overtime because of automatic budget cuts. OPM processed 10,954 claims in May, according to new data, 546 fewer than it had projected. That's only the third time in the past 16 months - since the agency rolled out a new plan for clearing the backlog that OPM failed to hit its processing goal.

Tags: OPM , retirement , retirement backlog , sequestration , overtime

Wednesday - 06/05/2013, 04:03pm EDT

IG: IRS violated few policies in spending millions on conferences

The Internal Revenue Service held 225 employee conferences between 2010 and 2012, at a total cost of $49 million, according to a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The report also revealed the embattled agency used funding originally slated to hire front-line employees to foot most of the bill for a $4.1 million conference held in Anaheim, Calif., in 2010.

Tags: IRS , management , oversight , TIGTA , conference spending ,

Tuesday - 06/04/2013, 06:21pm EDT

White House wants to root out copycat programs - starting with STEM

The Obama administration's proposed fiscal 2014 budget called for consolidating or eliminating 116 of the government's 226 STEM initiatives and centralizing the coordination of STEM programs under just three agencies: the Education Department, the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. The administration's STEM proposal is one of the government's first visible steps in reversing some of the duplication that riddles the federal landscape and which some lawmakers have seized on as examples of government waste.

Tags: Senate , Senate Budget Committee , Task Force on Government Performance , Mark Warner , Kelly Ayotte , OSTP , John Holdren , STEM , duplicative programs ,

Friday - 05/17/2013, 01:45pm EDT
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