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Education wants to put financial management in the cloud

The agency has released an RFI asking for infrastructure and platform-as-a-service options.

Tags: technology , contracting , education , OMB , cloud computing , shared services , RFI , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 04:21pm EST

Senate wants new legal deadline for DoD audits

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has told DoD he wants it to be ready for a partial audit by 2014. The Senate this week is considering taking that goal and making it law.

Tags: DoD , management , Congress , Senate , Robert Hale , audit readiness , JoAnn Boutelle , Deloitte , Kelly Ayotte , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 11:04am EST
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Postal Service seeks outside opinion on restructuring

The Postal Service has hired Evercore Partners, a New York-based investment bank, to evaluate proposed changes to its operations, compensation and benefits. Evercore has advised General Motors and other large, troubled companies. USPS said it needs to cut annual expenses by $20 billion by 2015.

Tags: USPS , Congress , workforce , pay , Evercore Partners , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 11/22/2011, 07:47pm EST

23 of 24 agencies get financial audit opinions

For the first time in 20 years, audits reviewed and gave an opinion for every civilian agency. Only DoD doesn't have a qualified or clean audit opinion.

Tags: OMB , Danny Werfel , DoD , NASA , DHS , State , clean audits , Jason Miller

Monday - 11/21/2011, 03:11pm EST

Leadership from the top, well-trained workforce are key to DoD audits, experts say

The Pentagon faces an uphill climb in getting ready for an audit of its consolidated financial statements by 2017, outside experts said Thursday. Nonetheless, the goal is achievable if the push is sustained by future secretaries of Defense.

Tags: DoD , management , DISA , DFAS , Army Corps of Engineers , DCAA , JoAnn Boutelle , Mark Keeley , Tracy Porter , Deloitte , Grant Thornton , PricewaterhouseCoopers , audit readiness , Jared Serbu

Friday - 11/18/2011, 10:54am EST
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How agencies cut $18B in improper payments

The White House says federal agencies stopped nearly $18 billion in improper payments in fiscal 2011. Danny Werfel, controller at OMB, explained how agencies did it.

Tags: Danny Werfel , OMB , In Depth , improper payments ,

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 07:26pm EST
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Agencies cut improper payments by $18 billion

Most of the fiscal 2011 reductions came from the departments of Education, Agriculture and Health and Human Services. The administration also announced new steps aimed at improving how agencies use suspension and debarment to deal with unreliable contractors and grant recipients.

Tags: improper payments , contracting , management , HHS , USDA , Centers for Medicare and Medicaid , education , OMB , Jack Lew , Ruben Gomez

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 04:36pm EST
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DoD budget planning systems plagued by inefficiencies

Asif Khan, director of Financial Management and Assurance Issues at the Government Accountability Office, outlines some of the challenges the Pentagon faces in order to become auditable by 2017.

Tags: Asif Khan , DoD , GAO , audit , budget , Enterprise Resource Planning

Tuesday - 11/01/2011, 05:42pm EDT
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Analysis: DoD spending cuts small in context of history

Gordon Adams, a professor of international relations at American University and former associate director at the Office of Management and Budget, outlines how draw downs have impacted DoD budgets since World War II.

Tags: Gordon Adams , American University , DoD , OMB , budget , In Depth

Tuesday - 11/01/2011, 06:03pm EDT
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DoJ IG: Conference muffins didn't cost $16

Last month, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice said the agency spent too much money on conferences, citing $16 muffins as an example. Today, in a revised report, the IG said the muffins didn't actually cost that much.

Tags: DoJ , IG , muffin , conference , budget , management , Jolie Lee

Friday - 10/28/2011, 04:58pm EDT
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