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Improper payments by agency, FY 2011

A chart of the six agencies with the most improper payments in 2011.

Tags: Obama Impact , management , Federal Drive , special report

Friday - 09/14/2012, 12:58pm EDT

Achieving effective outcomes through management initiatives proves difficult

Federal News Radio evaluated a total of five initiatives meant to rally federal managers' enthusiasm, expertise and duty as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years. We determined more progress was needed on the administration's performance management and regulation reduction efforts. We called the President's plan to reorganize the Commerce Department a bust but find effective efforts surrounding energy sustainability and cutting waste, fraud, abuse and improper payments.

Tags: management , Lisa Wolfe , The Obama Impact , performance management agenda , sustainability , green government , regulations

Monday - 09/17/2012, 03:23am EDT

OMB's Zients hints at making strategic sourcing mandatory

The President's Management Advisory Board wants agencies to focus on reducing improper payments and making strategic sourcing mandatory.

Tags: PMAB , budget , strategic sourcing , contracting , aquisition , Greg Brown , Gail McGovern , Jeff Zients , Rick Vogel , Ruben Gomez , Federal Drive

Monday - 09/10/2012, 05:17am EDT
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Inspector General: SSA sitting on $134 million in uncashed checks

The inspector general for the Social Security Administration estimated the agency is sitting on about $134 million for benefit checks that sit uncashed by recipients for more than a year - money subsequently returned to the agency. But the IG report found most of the recipients who didn't cash their checks are still eligible for the assistance and the SSA could take additional steps to ensure they receive them.

Tags: SSA , Dean Landis , SSA IG , Jack Moore , management , oversight

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 07:58pm EDT

Incomplete SSA records lead to payments to dead people

Information regarding a person's death is not always correctly transferred between the Social Security Administration's databases, according to a new report from the agency's inspector general. As a result, various agencies may be sending money to dead people or fraudsters.

Tags: SSA , oversight , financial management , Tom Coburn , Esther Carey

Friday - 07/13/2012, 02:23pm EDT

White House unveils new tool to stop improper payments

The White House launched a new "Do Not Pay" tool on Thursday to prevent improper payments to individuals and companies. Agency heads must submit plans to adopt the tool by June 30.

Tags: OMB , Treasury Department , Danny Werfel , President Barack Obama , Do Not Pay List , Jeffrey Zients

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 04:23pm EDT

Legislative changes needed to make bigger dent in improper payments

OMB controller Danny Werfel said the computer matching provisions in the Privacy Act make it harder for agencies to share information that would make stopping or finding waste, fraud and abuse easier. Senate lawmakers agreed they need to update the law to protect information but reduce the complexities.

Tags: management , financial management , Danny Werfel , Tom Coburn , Tom Carper , OMB , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , GAO , HHS , CMS , Recovery audits , waste, fraud and abuse , IRS , SSA , Tax delinquent contractors , industry , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 05:21am EDT
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IG: DHS must improve recovering improper payments

The Homeland Security Department is complying with federal improper payments legislation, but the department can do more to recover improper payments, according to the DHS IG.

Tags: DHS , financial management , Bennie Thompson

Friday - 03/23/2012, 02:16pm EDT

Labor Dept. announces new tool to stem improper payments

Jane Oates, the assistant secretary of employment and training administration at DoL, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss details of the department's new program.

Tags: DoL , Jane Oates , In Depth , Francis Rose , management ,

Friday - 03/16/2012, 06:28pm EDT
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CMS eyes $370M goal in stemming improper payments

Jon Blum, the deputy administrator and director for the Center of Medicare at CMS, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the agency's new goal of stopping $370 million in improper payments.

Tags: technology , CMS , financial management , Jon Blum , In Depth , Francis Rose

Monday - 03/05/2012, 08:46pm EST
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