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Scott Amey, General Counsel, Project on Government Oversight

This month a wealth of data detailing stimulus and Hurricane Sandy spending disappeared from the website recovery.gov. The Recovery Accountability Transparency Board says it can't afford to renew its contract with Dun & Bradstreet for use of its Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS). Yet, businesses that receive federal funds are identified solely by DUNS. There is no alternative for where the government gets that data and Dun & Bradstreet controls how it is used. Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project On Government Oversight, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the matter.

Tags: Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Hurricane Sandy , recovery.org , DUNS number , Scott Amey

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 02:01pm EDT
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Michael Smallberg, Investigator, Project on Government Oversight

A number of federal agencies are missing the mark on their treatment of whistleblowers, not publicizing their whistleblower ombudsmen or adequately telling employees about their whistleblower rights. That assessment is from the Project on Government Oversight. POGO reviewed the 2012 Whistleblower Protection Act and how well 72 agencies are complying with it. Michael Smallberg, investigator for POGO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the review. Read a related article.

Tags: Michael Smallberg , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Friday - 08/29/2014, 09:46am EDT
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Do you know your whistleblower rights?

Many agencies are making well-known their Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman and employees' rights when exposing wrongdoing. But other agencies are missing the mark.

Tags: Michael Smallberg , Federal Drive , whistleblowers , oversight , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:58am EDT
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Lydia Dennett, Investigator, Project On Government Oversight

Nearly 800 current and former Veterans Affairs employees and patients have submitted complaints about the department to a watchdog group. The Project on Government Oversight set up a special website to collect their complaints. It says the number of submissions is a record. Lydia Dennett is an investigator for the Project On Government Oversight. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what POGO found.

Tags: Lydia Dennett , whistleblower , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 09:45am EDT
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In Depth interviews - June 25

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: John Christian , National Defense University , iCollege , Winslow Wheeler , Center for Defense Information , Tim DiNapoli , Government Accountability Office , In Depth , Francis Rose

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 01:58am EDT

Buying commercial in DoD: 15 years after acquisition reform

During the last Defense drawdown, Congress and the White House pushed the Pentagon to make smarter buying decisions in the hopes that it would save a lot of money. The idea was to have the military buy many products the same way businesses do. A decade and a half later, DoD now spends tens of billions of dollars a year under the commercialized models Congress set up. In a two-part, exclusive report, Federal News Radio examines the debate underway over how well it has worked out.

Tags: commercial products , Bill Clinton , Al Gore , Reinventing Government , commercial of a type , Shay Assad , Clinger-Cohen Act , William Clinger , Federal Acquisition Streamling Act , Susan Lawrence , Army , Network Integration Evaluation , Navy , CANES , Coast Guard , John Korn , DoD , Aquisitions , Scott Amey , Defense Service Board , William Perry , Dennis Moran , Harris Corp. , Jared Serbu , Nett Warrior

Monday - 05/21/2012, 05:28am EDT
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The silver lining in the GSA scandal

Experts say all the focus on Capitol Hill and within agencies will lead to better management and give more respect to whistleblowers. Carolyn Lerner, the head of the Office of Special Counsel, said the attention on the misdeeds of the Public Buildings Service would bolster the need for stronger ethics and integrity.

Tags: management , GSA , OSC , Carolyn Lerner , Scott Amey , Tom Schatz , Citizens Against Government Waste , oversight , whistleblower protection , Jason Miller , Shakeup at GSA

Friday - 04/20/2012, 05:47am EDT
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Analysis: GSA's scandal pales in comparison to historical misdeeds

From Darleen Druyun to Jack Abramoff to wartime contracting, history shows the Public Buildings Service's lavish spending is small potatoes. Experts say the energy and time Congress has put into hearing on the GSA conference near Las Vegas could be better used to address bigger, most costly problems.

Tags: Shakeup at GSA , management , oversight , GSA , Paul Posner , GAO , George Mason University , Scott Amey , Tom Schatz , Citizens Against Government Waste , Congress , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 05:45am EDT
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Rep. Mica: IG report is 'just the tip of the iceberg' of problems at GSA

The chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said he will hold a hearing when Congress returns from recess on the scathing IG report and other shortcoming at GSA's Public Building Service. Scott Amey of POGO said the management failures at GSA show a systemic problem.

Tags: management , oversight , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , John Mica , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , Scott Amey , waste, fraud and abuse , Jason Miller , Congress

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 05:06am EDT
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Contracting System Needs a Tune-Up

Op-Ed: While the government is becoming a better buyer, contracting improvements are required.

Tags: series , fallacies , contracting , Scott Amey ,

Monday - 10/19/2009, 08:44am EDT
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