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SSA OIG employees turn limited budget into 20-to-1 return on investment

The Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General almost tripled its goal to return $8 for every $1 spent on the agency. Between October 2013 and March 2014, the IG recovered millions in criminal convictions, audits and legal penalties, contributing to an overall 20-to-1 return on investment for American taxpayers. In part two of our special report, Rainmakers and Money Savers, Federal News Radio goes behind the scenes of the SSA OIG to examine the work federal employees are doing on a daily basis, resulting in billions of dollars going straight into the federal coffers.

Tags: OIG , Ed Ryan , waste, fraud and abuse , Rainmakers and Money Savers , Sean McCalley , Patrick OCarroll

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:26am EDT
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SSA nominee seeks to mend labor-management fences

Carolyn Watts Colvin, the nominee to be Social Security Administration commissioner, vowed to Senate lawmakers to soothe turbulent relations between the agency and its labor unions. Colvin also said she plans to tackle troubled IT systems that still run COBOL.

Tags: Ron Wyden , Carolyn Watts Colvin , AFGE , COBOL , management , technology , Orrin Hatch , Ariel Levin-Waldman , Congress

Friday - 08/01/2014, 04:19am EDT
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Roger Kodat, Project Director, National Academy of Public Administration

The trustees who oversee Social Security have released a mixed report on the program's solvency. Retirement will be okay until 2034. The disability trust fund, however, has just two more years. But what about the Social Security Administration itself? As a large agency responsible for delivering hundreds of billions of dollars in benefits each year, it also has long term challenges. Those hurdles are detailed in a study by the National Academy of Public Administration. Project Director Roger Kodat joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the major challenges at SSA over the next 10 years.

Tags: Roger Kodat , budget , public administration

Monday - 07/28/2014, 12:42pm EDT
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Federal News Countdown: VA reform bill wanted, faulty SSA project

Rob Burton, partner at Venable law firm, and Anil Karmel, founder and CEO of C2 labs, counted down the top federal stories of the week with Francis Rose.

Tags: Federal News Countdown , In Depth , Rob Burton , Anil Karmen , VA ,

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:15pm EDT

SSA not ready to meet future challenges

The National Academy of Public Administration says the Social Security Administration is not ready for the challenges of the future. NAPA says shrinking budgets, retiring workers and rapidly changing technology are all issues that need to be addressed in the next 15 years.

Tags: Ariel Levin-Waldman , COBOL , NAPA , management , hiring , IT

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 04:55pm EDT

OMB to reward employees who receive positive customer service reviews

The Office of Management and Budget revealed its plans to speed up transactions and services.

Tags: OMB , Cross Agency Goals , Performance.gov , Ariel Levin-Waldman , management , customer service

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 12:37pm EDT

Alice In Washington Wonderland

Thanks to Congressional budget cutters and the White House sequestration program, two of the most important federal operations - the IRS and the Social Security Administration - are getting smaller and slower. So, how much longer can we afford these 'savings', Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks?

Tags: Mike Causey , sequestration , federal report , IRS , budget , MSPB , PTO , workforce

Monday - 06/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

SSA prepares to open doors of new $200 million data center

Bill Zielinski, the Social Security Administration's chief information officer, said storage in the cloud and the greater use of virtualization are among the prerequisites for the agency before it moves into its new data center this summer.

Tags: technology , Ask the CIO , Bill Zielinski , Jason Miller , In Depth

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 07:18am EDT
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SSA agrees to let overpayments slide for victims of fraud

Social Security's inspector general revealed beneficiaries being unfairly charged due to unauthorized account changes. SSA will make policy changes to not hold beneficiaries liable for penalties due to fraudsters stealing or taking their payments without authorization.

Tags: oversight , waste, fraud and abuse , management , Stephanie Wasko

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 04:45pm EDT
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