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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 , Scott Brown , financial management ,

Monday - 02/20/2012, 06:19pm EST
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Calif. shooting latest woe for immigration agency

Tags: DHS , CBP , ICE , Justice ,

Saturday - 02/18/2012, 08:16pm EST

2013 budget ups IRS funding, allows for staff increases

Colleen Kelley, the president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents some 84,000 IRS employees, told In Depth with Francis Rose the 2013 budget request would allow IRS staff levels to increase by about 4,000 positions.

Tags: workforce , hiring , retention , IRS , Colleen Kelley , budget , 2013 budget , In Depth , Francis Rose

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 09:00pm EST
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Analysis: Fund the watchdogs, don't create new agencies

Rather than create two new agencies to tackle counterfeit merchandise and crack financial crimes, Jonathan Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, says existing agencies can do the work with additional funding.

Tags: Jonathan Adler , FLEOA , State of the Union , Justice Department , ICE , Federal Drive

Monday - 01/30/2012, 10:33am EST
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Report: Citizen satisfaction with federal services slightly up in 2011

Satisfaction went up 2.3 percent in 2011, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index released today by Foresee. The bump comes after a decrease of 4.8 percent between 2009 and 2010.

Tags: Forrest Morgesson , ForeSee , ASCI , management , Customer service , IRS , TSA , DHS , DoD , State , Federal Drive

Thursday - 01/19/2012, 08:47am EST
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Federal financial report is in, but GAO offers no opinion

Robert Dacey, the Government Accountability Office's chief accountant, breaks down the reasons why GAO was unable to render an opinion on the federal government's consolidated financial report.

Tags: Roberty Dacey , GAO , CFO Act , financial accountability , financial reporting , Federal Drive , DoD , Michael OConnell , OMB

Wednesday - 12/28/2011, 10:02am EST
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Treasury to end paper savings bonds

Beginning Jan. 1, the department will discontinue paper U.S. savings bonds in favor of an all-electronic format. The move has been planned for a number of months, but Treasury "reiterated" the move this week with an announcement on its website and a timeline presenting the 76-year history of the bonds.

Tags: savings bonds , Bureau of the Public Debt , Rosie Rios , TreasuryDirect , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 12/28/2011, 06:47pm EST

GAO cannot give opinion on federal government's finances

The Government Accountability Office said it cannot render an opinion on the federal government's 2011 consolidated financial statements due to "widespread material internal control weaknesses, significant uncertainties, and other limitations," according to a GAO release.

Tags: GAO , Gene Dodaro , financial management , budget , OMB , Congress

Friday - 12/23/2011, 01:36pm EST

Federal buildings, old and new, go green

Treasury's building, DoD's Mark Center both get LEED Gold certification. Treasury expects to save $3.5 million by improving how the structures uses energy. DoD expects its new building to use 45 percent less water.

Tags: DoD , green government , LEED , Energy , Dan Tangherlini , Joanne Hensley , Amy Boyce , U.S. Green Building Council , Jared Serbu , energy efficiency , BRAC , Mark Center

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 05:26am EST
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Federal websites suffering from lack of consistency, standards

New report from the .gov Reform Task Force shows agencies run more than 440 inactive websites, few measure performance consistently and there are few standards for how to design the sites. In the survey of the 56 largest agencies, the task force found Treasury has the most domains and NASA has the most public facing websites.

Tags: technology , management , OMB , GSA , .gov Reform Task Force , websites , Customer service , Jason Miller , NASA ,

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 02:54pm EST
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