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OMB controller nominee Werfel would take deeper look at DoD's books

He outlines several priorities if confirmed, including further reducing improper payments and reducing the federal real property inventory. Werfel says DoD must better understand why a qualified audit helps them meet their mission.

Tags: management , Danny Werfel , Sen. Tom Carper , OMB , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , DoD , NASA , DHS , financial management , improper payments , Consolidated financial audits , real property

Wednesday - 09/16/2009, 06:46pm EDT
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Veterans Affairs' "Innovation Competition" is leading by example

In asking employees for their best ideas, the VA has come up with a few of its own. An internal competition for innovation is seen as a benchmark process ready to spread far beyond the agency's firewalls and across the federal landscape.

Tags: technology , mngt , VBA , CTO , Peter Levin , innovation , innovation competition , best practices

Wednesday - 09/16/2009, 02:09pm EDT
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VA relying on new performance system to address IG report

Deputy secretary Gould says investigation into alleged wrongdoings continue. He would not comment on possible disciplinary actions.

Tags: management , Scott Gould , Roger Baker , inspector general

Thursday - 09/03/2009, 03:14pm EDT

VA general counsel defends actions in hearing

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs held a hearing to address concerns about VA OCG workloads and backlogs despite budget increases.

Tags: management , Will Gunn , Harry Mitchell , Matthew Tulley , oversight , Meg Beasley

Wednesday - 06/30/2010, 04:17pm EDT

VA solving acquisition workforce shortage

Acquisition Academy training current and future contracting professionals. The school is open to VA and other civilian agency acquisition workers. VA to add facilities management to curriculum in 2011.

Tags: contracting , Lisa Doyle , Dan Gordon , OFPP , OMB , Federal Acquisition Institute , acquisition workforce , training , internship , Management of Change , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/26/2010, 06:42pm EDT
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OMB, HHS create new health IT task force

New entity will be led by eight agencies, including OPM, VA and DoD. The focus will be on policy development, coordination and implementation of federal health IT.

Tags: technology , management , Peter Orszag , Kathleen Sebelius , OMB , HHS , OPM , DoD , SSA , Commerce , USDA , health IT

Tuesday - 02/23/2010, 03:00pm EST

Agencies reduce energy usage by 12.4 percent in 2008

All but three departments met the goal to cut down the amount of energy they use by 9 percent. Agencies also expected to spend more than a billion dollars in 2009 on energy efficient projects. GSA's new rule goes into effect today requiring new leases to have an Energy Star rating.

Tags: management , James Sullivan , Richard Kidd , Kevin Kampschroer , GSA , Energy , Federal Energy Management Program , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Green buildings , energy efficiency , Energy Star

Thursday - 10/01/2009, 06:54am EDT
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DoD says electronic health record system on track

The Defense Department Tuesday will try to explain to lawmakers just how much progress it has made with its electronic health record system, called AHLTA.

Tags: technology , Michael Weiner , DoD , House Armed Services Committee , health IT , AHLTA , data sharing

Monday - 03/23/2009, 08:44pm EDT
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