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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

GAO examines government's fiscal health

Susan Irving, director for Federal Budget Analysis at GAO, shared the findings from the GAO report, "The Federal Government's Long-Term Fiscal Outlook: Fall 2011 Update."

Tags: Susan Irving , GAO , budget , In Depth

Friday - 10/28/2011, 07:29pm EDT
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Officials willing to 'bang heads' to bring DHS systems in line

The Department of Homeland Security expects an audit of its IT systems will bring relatively good news in two weeks. Last year's audit found 161 issues in technology systems throughout the agency. Those problems ranged from a lack of disaster recovery plans to the inability to block former employees from accessing department IT systems.

Tags: DHS , data , cybersecurity , technology , House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , Todd Platts , Peggy Sherry , Robert West , James McCoy , FEMA , IT reform , Emily Kopp

Friday - 10/28/2011, 03:05pm EDT
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Improper payments reform bill to see ROI

The bill builds on a series proposals on improper payments, said Linda Springer, former OMB comptroller.

Tags: improper payments , OMB , Linda Springer , Senate , contracting , In Depth

Wednesday - 10/26/2011, 04:23pm EDT
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FEMA's attempts to recoup improper payments set off new problems

FEMA has recovered just $3 million of $643 million in potentially improper disaster relief aid since Hurricane Katrina. But its attempts to recoup the money are setting off one senator and threatening to erupt into a public relations snafu.

Tags: Hurricane Katrina , inspector general , FEMA , Richard Serino , Matt Jadacki , Maurice McTigue , George Mason University , disaster response , improper payments , fraud , DHS , Emily Kopp , Mark Pryor , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

Friday - 10/21/2011, 12:37pm EDT
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DHS financial system contract protested, again

Savantage Solutions submitted a complaint to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Feb. 23 claiming the department's request for proposals was unduly restrictive, says a company spokesman.

Tags: contracting , DHS , Savantage , IBM , Accenture , CACI , Global Computing Enterprises ,

Thursday - 02/26/2009, 04:19pm EST

Daniel Werfel confirmed to be the controller in the Office of Management and Budget

Daniel Werfel will focus on three main areas as controller, getting the government to have a clean audit opinion, reducing improper payments and improving how agencies manage federal property. OMB director Orszag issues a memo asking agencies to meet the 45 day deadline to close their books, or ask for an extension by Nov. 1. Orszag says agencies may need more resources to get clean financial audits because of the Recovery Act.

Tags: management , Daniel Werfel , Peter Orszag , OMB , DoD , NASA , DHS , Controller

Wednesday - 10/14/2009, 03:15pm EDT

FSIO folds up the tents

The Office of Management and Budget decided FSIO met its goals of creating business process and data standards for the Financial Management Line of Business, and finished its last update of the Core Financial Systems Requirements and therefore is no longer needed.

Tags: management , OMB , FSIO , GSA , Joe Kull , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Tuesday - 03/23/2010, 09:40am EDT
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