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White House wants to root out copycat programs - starting with STEM

The Obama administration's proposed fiscal 2014 budget called for consolidating or eliminating 116 of the government's 226 STEM initiatives and centralizing the coordination of STEM programs under just three agencies: the Education Department, the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. The administration's STEM proposal is one of the government's first visible steps in reversing some of the duplication that riddles the federal landscape and which some lawmakers have seized on as examples of government waste.

Tags: Senate , Senate Budget Committee , Task Force on Government Performance , Mark Warner , Kelly Ayotte , OSTP , John Holdren , STEM , Jack Moore

Friday - 05/17/2013, 01:45pm EDT
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OMB takes first step toward comprehensive inventory of federal programs

The Office of Management and Budget took the first step Friday in attempting to compile a comprehensive list of federal programs with the launch of a new online inventory. Hosted on Performance.gov, the Federal Program Inventory aims to be a one-stop shop for information about the more than 1,600 programs agencies operate and how they complement -- or even duplicate -- the work of other programs.

Tags: OMB , management , budget , GAO , duplication , David Walker , GPRA Modernization Act , Government Transformation Initiative

Friday - 05/31/2013, 06:36pm EDT

Agency collaboration key to saving money

As the new chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs subcommittee that oversees the federal workforce and government efficiency, Sen. Jon Tester says he will work to improve government services by pushing for better inter-agency collaboration and smarter investments that produce results.

Tags: Jon Tester , Montana , financial management , Rise of the Money People , collaboration ,

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 06:58pm EDT

Mica: 'Mismanagement of assets is shameful'

Congressman John Mica says his top priority as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations is to cut agency waste, fraud and abuse beyond just the low hanging fruit. Mica's column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Rise of the Money People.

Tags: John Mica , Congress , real property , financial management , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , House , Rise of the Money People

Friday - 04/12/2013, 04:21am EDT

Congress blames itself for duplicative programs

Faced with a 423-page report from the Government Accountability Office detailing potential duplication, fragmentation and overlap in nearly every corner of government, lawmakers pointed a finger at themselves for reducing oversight of federal programs and trying to fix problems without understanding what solutions the government already offered.

Tags: GAO , Gene Dodaro , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa , Tom Coburn , consolidation authority , Danny Werfel , OMB , management , Emily Kopp , Congress

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 05:57pm EST

GAO: 'Virtually all' agencies may have overlapping programs

From food safety to economic development, federal programs are filled with potential duplication, fragmentation and overlap, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. GAO identified 51 new areas that need attention at a time when Congress is debating department budgets and the White House is calling for greater authority to reorganize agencies.

Tags: GAO , Gene Dodaro , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , budget , accountability , management , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 08:00am EST

OFPP promises to tame interagency contracts

OFPP administrator Dan Gordon told a Senate committee that a new rule to add more oversight to multi-agency contracts should be out soon. Agencies wanting to develop new multiple award contracts will have to justify them before going forward. OFPP is also trying to use strategic sourcing to take advantage of the government's buying power.

Tags: management , contracting , Dan Gordon , Gene Dodaro , Joseph Lieberman , OFPP , GAO , GSA , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Interagency contracting , GWACs , Multiple award contracts , BPAs , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 07:29am EDT
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