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The U.S. Agency for International Development is looking for a new way to protect its more than $15 billion of investments in Afghanistan. With most U.S. troops leaving this year, development workers expect it will be harder to eyeball construction in remote areas of the country. USAID has a new technology project to keep tabs on its investments. Larry Sampler, assistant to the administrator in the Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs Office at USAID, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the agency's plan. Read Associated Press' related article.
The Agriculture Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development are at loggerheads over a computer application called Web Based Supply Chain Management system. USAID quit using it shortly after it rolled out in 2011. Agriculture officials say they've fixed the problems. They say the information USAID is tracking outside the system isn't always accurate. Thomas Melito, director of International Affairs and Trade Issues at the Government Accountability Office, looked into this spat and shared what he found with Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.
The main U.S. foreign assistance agency wants to step up use of smartphones, satellite imagery and GPS cameras to oversee tax-funded development projects in Afghanistan that aid workers no longer will be able to observe firsthand as American troops leave the country.
In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook: USAID and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) search for new CIOs; DoD asks for vendor input on what statutes negatively impact procurement regulations; and efforts to make federal grants more transparent and accountable receive strong support from good government groups.
More and better information is getting to be the driving force behind spending and program decisions across the government. OMB is requiring agencies to update strategic plans and objectives based on their analysis of program and back-office data.
Tags: managament , OMB , Dustin Brown , Christopher Braden , CDC , Gary Eilerts , Max Stier , Partnership for Public Service , data-driven analysis , Nani Coloretti , Treasury , A New Era in Technology , Jason Miller
In responding to a list of wartime contracting changes Congress ordered last year, agencies cited many advances, but acknowledge challenges remain. Recent audits show major problems in how the Defense and State departments, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, continue to spend billions of dollars in Afghanistan.
Tags: DoD , contracting , Congress , Claire McCaskill , Richard Ginman , Patrick Kennedy , Aman Djahanbani , management , oversight , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Jared Serbu , State
The State Department is enlisting digital- and media-savvy college students to complete short- and long-term diplomacy tasks remotely.
National Border Patrol Council Vice President Shawn Moran says the CBP furlough plan could cut agents' pay by 40 percent. Francesca Grifo of the Union for Concerned Scientists talk about a new report on scientific integrity at federal agencies. Registered employee benefit consultant Ed Zurndorfer talks about what furloughed feds should do instead of taking money from their TSP funds. Priya Jaisinghani of USAID discusses the Mobile Solutions team which capitalizes on cell phones' popularity in developing countries.
The Justice Department is conducting an investigation into possible contract rigging by the general counsel at the government agency that distributes foreign aid.