Agency inspectors general are not immune from budget, personnel and technology challenges. But a new survey finds IGs are innovating during these tight budget times. David Zavada is a partner with Kearney & Co. He directed the survey on behalf of the Association of Government Accountants. He speaks with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller.
Tony Pipa Deputy Assistant to the Administrator USAID
Federal agencies are trying to make it easier for the public to track how they spend. The U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department now are posting foreign aid spending data on an online dashboard. They’re trying to correct the middling rankings the United States receives when compared to other countries on foreign aid transparency. Tony Pipa is deputy assistant to the administrator for USAID’s Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning.
Authorities say the Navy Yard shooter, Aaron Alexis, grappled with mental issues. He was paranoid. He told Rhode Island police he heard voices. He sought emergency help for insomnia from a VA health center. And yet he maintained his federal security clearance. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel now says there were a lot of red flags. For help understanding why someone like Alexis could get a security clearance, Tom and Emily talked to former Army Prosecutor Greg Rinckey, now the managing partner of Tully Rinckey.
This week’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard bore a tragic resemblance to the 2009 rampage at Fort Hood, Texas. In both incidents, 13 people died when an insider with access to the base fired shots at colleagues. Nonetheless, defense officials say lessons learned from four years ago may have prevented an even worse outcome at the Navy Yard Monday. More from Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.
Performance Improvement Officers have one of the toughest tasks in government. Trying to get bureaucracies large and small to focus on getting better outcomes. But we have evidence their good intentions may not be making it far enough down the ranks. The Partnership for Public Service teamed with Grant Thornton to study performance and how PIOs are doing. Robert Shea, a principal at Grant Thornton, has more.
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Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-8 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.