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IRS struggles to handle fraudulent tax returns under smaller budget

The IRS is in a bind to be both fast and accurate with this season's tax returns, and awards billions in fraudulent claims as a result. That's a problem that will only get worse unless Congress raises IRS' budget to allow for new hires, according to the National Treasury Employees Union.

Tags: budget , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , tax returns , identity theft , IRS , workforce

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 12:09pm EST

OMB pushing agencies to use single system for online transactions

The Office of Management and Budget is circulating a draft memo to CFOs to all-but-mandate the use of the Invoice Processing Platform (IPP) run by the Treasury Department. Sources say agencies would have to justify to OMB why they wouldn't use the IPP. It's part of the administration's effort to push agencies toward more financial management shared services.

Tags: management , Financial management , Shared services , David Mader , Mark Reger , OMB , AGA , Financial Management Line of Business , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 04:06am EST

SSA's big data project speeds up transition to innovation culture

The Social Security Administration used excess desktop computers and an open source platform to tackle its big data challenge. For its efforts, ACT-IAC named SSA's improper payments and data analytics program a finalist in the Igniting Innovation awards.

Tags: technology , SSA , Ron Sikes , Ann Amrhein , Open source , Hadoop , big data , Igniting Innovation awards , ACT-IAC , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/06/2015, 11:05am EST
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Former GAO employee got worker's compensation for 30 years, IG says

The inspector general of the Government Accountability Office says a former worker had been receiving improper payments from GAO for decades.

Tags: Adam Trzeciak , inspector general , GAO , Jory Heckman , oversight , pay and benefits , FECA , Department of Labor

Friday - 12/26/2014, 03:06pm EST

Greg Wallig, Managing Director, Grant Thornton

The Office of Management and Budget has given agencies new directions for tracking, reporting and overseeing improper payments. It comes in the form of an update of Appendix C to Circular A-123. Greg Wallig, managing director of Grant Thornton, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain the changes.

Tags: Greg Wallig , Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , OMB , Grant Thornton

Friday - 10/24/2014, 03:36pm EDT
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OMB details new, expanded approach to fighting improper payments

A new memo and guidance from OMB makes four significant changes to Appendix C of Circular A-123.

Tags: Financial management , OMB , Shaun Donovan , oversight , internal controls , Robert Shea , Grant Thornton , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 09:18am EDT

IRS' approach to big data focuses on business outcomes

The office of compliance analytics at the IRS uses information, tools and analysis to help mission offices solve problems. Dean Silverman, a senior adviser to the IRS commissioner, said his office is trying to use these tools and approaches to improve the agency's outcomes and to create a data-driven decision-making culture.

Tags: management , Dean Silverman , IRS , data analytics , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:16am EDT
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OMB following a familiar path as it shapes new financial internal controls

The Office of Federal Financial Management is updating Circular A-123 to focus on risk management and data-driven decision-making. OFFM also plans on rescinding the financial systems requirements circular, A-127, in the coming weeks.

Tags: management , Financial management , internal controls , A-123 , A-127 , OMB , Mike Wetklow , Treasury , David Saltiel , Flavio Menasce , Do Not Pay portal , Association of Government Accountants

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 05:44am EDT
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Next front in fight against improper payments? Stopping payments to dead people

Senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee have opened a new legislative salvo in the fight against improper payments: helping agencies stop payments to dead people. The new legislation, introduced by Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the committee would allow all federal agencies to access basic death data maintained by the Social Security Administration and require they use it to curb improper payments

Tags: oversight , mangement , Congress , Senate , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , Death Master File , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Friday - 08/30/2013, 03:10pm EDT
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