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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.
Kathleen Frisbee talks about mobile efforts at the Veterans Health Administration. Richard Buangan of the State Department talks about an agency Twitter account that tweets off-message. Ticora Jones discusses new development labs built with seed money from USAID.
A new Government Accountability Office report found that three main actors in contingency contracting — the Defense and State Departments and the U.S. Agency for International Development — will likely only implement a fraction of the recommendations set out by the Commission on Wartime Contracting. The agencies have either determined their existing policies already address the commission's concerns or they disagreed with the recommendation in the first place, GAO found.
The Obama administration has pushed agencies to increase contracting opportunities with small business, most notably creating a governmentwide task force to share best practices. Yet the federal government on a whole has continued to miss its 23 percent small business contracting goal. Federal News Radio examines this issue as part of our special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.