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Coburn calls out USDA, other agencies on wasteful spending

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) sends another letter to another agency on ways to cut spending. This is the Senator's second letter in June; he wrote to the DOJ earlier this month.

Tags: sequestration , USDA , Cogan Schneier , In Depth , Francis Rose

Monday - 06/24/2013, 05:53pm EDT
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In Depth Show Blog - June 21, 2013

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Tim McManus , Nicole Smith , Tom Leney , Guy Timberlake

Friday - 06/21/2013, 07:20pm EDT

Senators push Tangherlini for assurances GSA is improving

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members support Dan Tangherlini to be the permanent administrator of the General Services Administration. Lawmakers, however, wanted more answers about the troubled SAM program and the recent IG report on management interference of contract negotiations.

Tags: management , acquisition , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , Tom Carper , Claire McCaskill , System for Award Management , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 05:26am EDT
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Rep. Issa heading down familiar path for IT reform; Senate still in discovery mode

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) plans to offer the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) as an amendment later this week to the 2013 Defense Authorization bill. The Senate held a hearing looking at the best approach to empower federal CIOs. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee heard that transparency, visibility and senior leadership are common traits among successful CIOs.

Tags: technology , management , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Tom Carper , Steve VanRoekel , OMB , Simon Szykman , Commerce , Frank Baitman , HHS , David Powner , GAO , CIO authorities , PortfolioStat , IT duplication , Commodity IT , Darrell Issa , Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 05:26am EDT

Bill aims to slash Medicare waste and fraud

The Medicare program made $44 billion in improper payments in 2013. A bipartisan bill designed to prevent fraudsters from milking the system calls for contractors to increase accuracy and for beneficiaries to report fraud.

Tags: CMS , improper payments , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Tom Carper , Medicare , Melissa Dawkins

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 07:52pm EDT

Do Not Pay list lacks data as implementation nears

Senate lawmakers are promising to change the laws to let agencies have easier access to the Death Master File and other key databases. Starting June 1, agencies must check the Do Not Pay list before issuing any money.

Tags: management , financial management , Danny Werfel , OMB , Richard Gregg , Treasury , Tom Carper , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , improper payments , SSA , Death Master File , information sharing , Marianna LaCanfora , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/09/2013, 05:49am EDT
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Senate bill aims to speed up elimination of excess federal properties

Bipartisan legislation in the Senate aims to streamline the elimination of excess federal properties by setting up a council within agencies and the Office of Management and Budget and creating government-wide property disposal goals.

Tags: Tom Carper , excess property , Rob Portman , Mark Pryor , Mark Begich , Congress , House , Senate , Federal Real Property Asset Management Reform Act , OMB

Monday - 03/12/2012, 09:42am EDT

Lawmakers take on legislative process in fight against duplicative programs

Two senators from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee want to change Senate rules in an attempt to make sure new federal programs or initiatives in proposed legislation don't overlap with existing efforts. Earlier this month, two House members introduced a measure that would require House committees of jurisdiction to hold oversight hearings on an annual report from the Government Accountability Office detailing government duplication.

Tags: budget , oversight , Congress , House , Senate , Gary Peters , Cory Gardner , duplication , GAO , Jack Moore

Monday - 04/29/2013, 06:31pm EDT

PRC to analyze impact of changing Saturday mail delivery

The U.S. Postal Service continues to insist changes are necessary to help deal with budget woes in the face of congressional resistance. The Postal Service also is accelerating the closure of 53 mail processing plants.

Tags: Congress , management , budget , PRC , Gerry Connolly , Darrell Issa , Larry Frum

Monday - 04/01/2013, 06:04pm EDT

Coburn calls on OPM to fire feds 'paid to do nothing'

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has written to Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry, saying the office should take steps to offload federal workers and contractors who don't show up for work, aren't performing official duties or "are simply not working at all." In the letter, Coburn, the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said doing so could prevent the need to furlough critical employees under sequestration.

Tags: Congress , Senate , OPM , John Berry , official time , standby pay , furloughs , workforce

Friday - 03/29/2013, 03:04pm EDT
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