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Senate votes to require DHS clean audit by 2013

The Homeland Security Department would be required to conduct and pass a full financial audit under a bill unanimously approved by the Senate on Wednesday. The DART Act requires the agency, long characterized by the Government Accountability Office as being at high-risk for waste and abuse, to reach a clean audit opinion by 2013.

Tags: Congress , Senate , financial management , DHS , DART Act , Tom Carper , Ron Johnson , oversight , Jack Moore

Thursday - 11/29/2012, 06:49pm EST

Committee leadership changes likely after election

The election Tuesday could bring with it a number of changes to the makeup and leadership of key congressional committees with oversight of the federal workforce and management. The changes to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and others are expected from retirements, committee term limits and a few close races.

Tags: 2012 election , Congress , House , Senate , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Joe Lieberman , Claire McCaskill , Tom Carper , Carl Levin , John McCain , Appropriations Committee , Paul Ryan

Monday - 11/05/2012, 06:14pm EST
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GAO: Feds lose $80M looking for Medicaid fraud

Private contractors received $102 million to review Medicaid fraud data, yet had only found about $20 million in overpayments since 2008, according to a new report by the federal government.

Tags: GAO , HHS , Ann Maxwell , Medicaid , Tom Carper , Federal Drive

Friday - 06/15/2012, 11:34am EDT
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GAO: Feds lose $80M looking for Medicaid fraud

Private contractors received $102 million to review Medicaid fraud data, yet had only found about $20 million in overpayments since 2008, according to a new report by the federal government.

Tags: Ann Maxwell , GAO , Medicaid , HHS , Tom Carper ,

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 07:28pm EDT

Senators ask USPS to delay post office closings

The four sponsors of postal reform legislation in the Senate are asking the Postal Service to delay closing post offices and mail processing facilities until the new law is in place.

Tags: Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , Tom Carper , Darrell Issa , Patrick Donahoe , USPS , House , Senate , Congress , budget

Wednesday - 05/02/2012, 11:01am EDT

Senate OKs postal amendments to limit conference spending, stave off closures

In a marathon series of votes Tuesday, the Senate considered more than a dozen amendments to a postal reform bill, approving a provision to limit all federal agencies' spending on conferences, but voting down an amendment expanding the federal workers' compensation program. Lawmakers also rejected an amendment that would have required retirement-eligible USPS employees to retire without a buyout payment. The Senate will resume voting on amendments Wednesday at 2 p.m. before voting on a final version of the 21st Century Postal Service Act.

Tags: Senate , budget , Congress , USPS , Tom Coburn , conference spending , Susan Collins , Joe Lieberman , Tom Carper , Daniel Akaka , FECA , NTEU

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 10:11pm EDT

Sen. Brown wants the NOAA chief fired for agency misconduct

The Massachusetts Republican said in a letter to the President that the misconduct and violations at NOAA are much worse than those at GSA. He said the IG found unethical behavior and broken procurement rules.

Tags: management , oversight , NOAA , Jane Lubchenco , GSA , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 02:20pm EDT

OMB's pause of financial systems had little effect on cost, schedule

GAO reviewed the administration's implementation of the July 2010 memo calling for a government-wide review of financial management projects. Auditors found about half of the projects said there was no change in cost and three-quarters said their schedule remained the same.

Tags: financial management , GAO , OMB , Tom Carper , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , financial management systems , CFO Council , A-127 , Jason Miller , In Depth , Francis Rose , Naba Barkakati

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 05:08pm EDT
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GAO: Long-term savings, short-term hurdle in dollar coin switch

The federal government could save $4.4 billion over the next three decades by phasing out the $1 bill with a $1 coin, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. But the cost estimates for the first 10 years actually spell a loss for the government to the tune of $531 million.

Tags: GAO , dollar coin , Lorelei St. James , In Depth , Francis Rose , financial management , Treasury

Monday - 02/20/2012, 06:19pm EST
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