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Are agencies doing enough to weed out redundant programs?

Three years after the Government Accountability Office first reported that federal agencies were managing a maze of potentially duplicative federal programs, the watchdog agency has added nearly a dozen more areas to its tally of duplication and overlap. GAO's latest report identifies a total of 26 areas for potential cost-savings, ranging from fragmented operations to out-and-out copycat programs being run by multiple agencies.

Tags: management , budget , Beth Cobert , GAO , duplication , Nicole Clowers , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 12:36pm EDT
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Financial management providers ill-equipped to take on large customers

In our special report, Shared Services Revisited, OMB still must solve long-standing challenges to ensure federal providers are capable of bringing on large, cabinet level agencies. The role of the private sector is leaving some vendors unhappy, but officials say history shows their success rate with financial management system implementation to be poor.

Tags: management , financial management , Shared Services Revisited , Norman Dong , Treasury , Beth Angerman , Lisa Kazor , Savantage , Reid Jackson , Compusearch , Kevin Greer , Accenture , Joe Ward , Interior Business Center , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 04:11am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget makes a second attempt to move agencies to financial management shared services. The agency faces stubborn obstacles: lack of competition, the uncertainty of whether the federal providers are able to handle the increase in business and how to best ensure agencies are satisfied with its services. But OMB believes the second time around will be different. The administration says budget concerns and technology advancements will help overcome these long-standing challenges. In part one of his special series, Shared Services Revisited, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller looks at whether unanswered questions would doom shared services again. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Shared Services Revisited

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 09:43am EDT
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Familiar questions, few answers so far for OMB's latest financial systems effort

In part 1 of Federal News Radio's special report, this second attempt by OMB to move agencies to financial management shared services is fraught with the same obstacles of a decade ago. But OMB believes this attempt at shared services is different. The administration says budget concerns and technology advancements will help overcome these long-standing barriers.

Tags: management , technology , shared services , Beth Angerman , Treasury , Norman Dong , GSA , Lisa Kazor , Oracle , Reid Jackson , Carlos Otal , Grant Thornton , financial management , Jason Miller , Shared Services Revisited , Aaron Cornfeld

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 04:43am EDT
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How to use program evaluation to your agency's advantage

What is program evaluation? What can be done to better integrate evidence and rigorous evaluation in decision-making? How can federal agencies conduct rigorous program evaluations and data analytics on a tight budget? How can federal agencies increase and enhance their evaluation capacity? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Kathy Stack, advisor for Evidence-Based Innovation at the Office of Management and Budget.

Tags: Kathy Stack , Business of Government Hour , Michael Keegan , program evaluation , data analytics

Monday - 03/31/2014, 11:15am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: DoD taking own path with cloud security, Treasury's Reger joins OMB

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller explores how DoD is developing its cloud security standards and Treasury is filling a financial management void.

Tags: Teri Takai , FedRAMP , GSA , DoD , Keith Alexander , Edward Snowden , cloud , cybersecurity , Mike Rogers , Robert Work , Treasury , Mark Reger , Danny Werfel , Norman Dong , Anne Rung , Dennis VanderTuig , Dan Gordon , OFPP , Lesley Field , Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook

Friday - 03/28/2014, 02:31pm EDT

Issa threatens subpoena over real property data

Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the oversight committee, and John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the Government Operations subcommittee, want OMB to provide data to the committee on excess federal properties valued at $50 million or more. The committee has been seeking this information for more than two years, "yet these requests have consistently gone unfulfilled," Issa and Mica wrote in a March 24 letter to OMB Director Sylvia Burwell.

Tags: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , oversight , federal buildings , real property , Darrell Issa , Sylvia Burwell

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 05:07pm EDT

Werfel, Blackman land in the private sector

Horace Blackman, a long-time Veterans Affairs IT executive, also leaves for the private sector, joining Lockheed Martin.

Tags: people , Danny Werfel , IRS , Boston Consulting Group , Horace Blackman , VA , Lockheed Martin , Jason Miller

Monday - 03/24/2014, 03:24pm EDT

Agencies setting off into the next data frontier -- procurement

GSA, NASA and NIH are providing agency customers more insight into what they are buying, how they are buying it and what prices they are paying. OFPP plans to launch the Prices Paid Portal later this year. But others say it's not about the data, but the outcomes agencies are trying to achieve.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , GSA , Chris Fornecker , Joanne Woytek , NASA , Rob Coen , NIH , Paul Brubaker , DoD , Karen Pica , Lesley Field , OFPP , Data transparency , Christina Ho , Treasury , USASpending.gov , Acquisition Excellence Conference , ACT-IAC

Friday - 03/21/2014, 04:44am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: USPS cloud credential exchange almost ready, flood of GSA contract protests

In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook: USPS' cloud exchange is almost ready to fly; GSA faces a flood of contract protests; and technology chairs shuffle at DHS and GSA.

Tags: USPS , Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Doughlas Glair , FICAM , GSA , contracting , GAO , OASIS , Diana Gowen , Mary Davie , technology , Andy Ozment , Suzanne Spaulding , Phyllis Schneck , Mike Locatis , Bobbie Stempfley , DHS , Gregory Touhill , Katie Lewin , Kelly Olson , Sheila Campbell

Friday - 03/14/2014, 03:02pm EDT
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