The armed services’ financial accounting does not have the best reputation when it comes to the accuracy required for clean opinions from auditors. Because of this, they remain on the high-risk list maintained by the Government Accountability Office. Asif Khan, director of financial management and assurance issues at GAO, explained more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Homeland Security Department is making steps toward a “Unity of Effort” but first leadership must address a wide range of management concerns like IT, financial systems and human capital.
A recent Government Accountability Office report on the Veterans Affairs Department and its employees’ use of official time is renewing a debate among lawmakers: Does official time have a place within agency operations, and how much time is too much?
The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 would create a “culture of excellence,” promoting wise use of taxpayer dollars.
The Government Accountability Office added three new areas to its biennial High-Risk list this year. It also removed one government initiative from the list. The 2020 Census is a new concern for GAO, which said the bureau’s technology plans, budget and timeline are at risk.
Federal News Radio has learned President Donald Trump could sign an executive order as soon as this week requiring agencies to develop plans in the coming months to suggest ways to reduce the duplication of agencies, components and programs. The potential EO comes as agencies also are preparing for budget cuts that could range between 5 percent and 20 percent.
The Defense Department still has work to do on issues that plagued the department for more than two decades, a Government Accountability Office report stated.
The Transportation Department isn’t as under the microscope as other federal agencies, but new Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will still have a significant agenda. Katie Thomson, a partner at Morrison Foerster and former general counsel to DoT and its biggest component, the FAA joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to review it.
Agency culture and a poor understanding of the disciplinary process are some of the biggest challenges supervisors, managers and senior executives said they face when trying to fire an employee for misconduct. The Merit Systems Protection Board surveyed 10,000 federal managers about their understanding and opinions of civil adverse action procedures.
FBI Chief Information Officer Gordon Bitko said there’s nothing wrong with technology-driven innovations that help employees perform their missions. The problem is the lack of coordination from on high.
Officials with the Census Bureau and Forest Service say technology and getting support from upper management and Congress, are some of the challenges they face in accomplishing their agency missions.
Agencies are under obligation to keep track of official hours. But the Veterans Affairs Department is having trouble doing that.
Legislation proposed by a House Republican would eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency by the end of 2018. Some say it’s political grandstanding, while others suggest maybe it’s time for an update to EPA. But what would it take to dismantle a large federal agency?
Trevor Rudolph, the chief of business operations and cybersecurity for Whitehawk and a former chief of OMB’s cyber and national security team, said during his five years on the job he has seen a marked improvement in how agencies are securing their data and systems.
Many federal employees still wonder what direction their agency will head with Donald Trump in the White House – including DoD. Dr. Nora Bensahel and Retired Lt. General David Barno, from the School of International Service at American University, spoke to Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide an analysis of what’s ahead for the Pentagon.